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5 fun childhood-inspired wedding ideas perfect for the kids at heart!
by Stephanie

Couples who love milk and cookies, confetti, Disney movies and other throwbacks from childhood — this post is for you! Getting married is one of those things that you've been looking forward to since you were a child, and now that day has finally arrived. If you're still a kid at heart and a little confused as to how you could have gotten to this grown-up stage so quickly, you're not alone. And rest assured, a wedding doesn't have to ascribe to the "grown up" traditions of weddings past — your wedding is your own, so it should include your interests, activities and personality to make it extra special. Why not incorporate some details that call back to your childhood?

We've rounded up five amazing ideas that are not only perfect for kids at heart, but perfect for entertaining your guests as well. Read on for more incredibly & undeniably fun wedding ideas!

Piñata

Who says piñatas are just for birthday parties? They make for a fun and unique break to the normal reception timeline. Plus, fill it with candy or other sweet treats, and guests will love having something delicious to take home!

Photo by  Steven Michael  via  Ruffled

Photo by Steven Michael via Ruffled

Photo by  Anahi Weddings  via  Ruffled

Photo by Anahi Weddings via Ruffled

Fun wedding games & activities

Even though most of your guests are grown-ups, doesn't mean they don't want to be entertained! Bingo, I-Spy and Mad Libs are all wedding activities that have gained traction in the past couple years — it's great for keeping guests mingling and having fun.

Or, order some custom temporary tattoos for your wedding day and set up a temp tat booth at your reception. Guests will go home with a unique reminder of all the fun they had!

Childhood treats

Got a sweet tooth? Embrace it and your inner child, and let it shine on your dessert table! Treats like mud cups (remember those?), milk and cookies or a candy bar will serve up fun memories for guests in a delicious way.

Wedding transportation

You and the wedding party need to get to and from the reception somehow — why hire a limo when you could get an awesome school bus? A school bus is a quirky and more affordable alternative, and chances are your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be raving about the experience for years to come.

Which of these fun wedding ideas inspired by childhood is your favorite? Honestly, I'd love to go to a wedding with all these amazing details and activities — it's hard to choose just one when they're all pretty much guaranteed to contribute to a good time!

A romantic waterfront wedding by Taryn Baxter Photography
by Stephanie

There's nothing more idyllic than a beautiful, sunlit evening on a waterfront in the summer months — except, of course, if you're celebrating a stunning wedding at the same time! Jennifer and Micheal took advantage of the gorgeous summer months in British Columbia to celebrate their wedding day, which was complete perfection from start to finish. Taking place at the Poet's Cove Resort on Pender Island, this romantic waterfront wedding was filled with touches of emerald, a glamorous bride and lots of love and happiness between the couple and their guests!

Jennifer, a graphic designer, even created their invitations and programs — which I have to say is some of the prettiest and most unique wedding paper goods I've seen in a while! Read on to see more of the bride's beautiful wedding day style, their memorable waterfront wedding and stunning photos by Taryn Baxter!

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How fun does their wedding reception look? Jennifer and Michael definitely had a wedding day celebration for the books. Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks to Taryn Baxter for sharing!

Vendors:

Photography: Taryn Baxter | Venue: Poet’s Cove, Pender Island | Hair + Makeup: Ma-Luxe | Videography: Cassie O’Neil CinematographyBride’s Dress: The White Peony | Invitations + Graphic Design: Jennifer Pesant (the Bride!) | Florals: Rook + Rose | Bride’s Earings: Stella + DotBridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew

The best fall wedding venue ideas for autumn brides
by Stephanie

When you think of a fall wedding, what comes to mind? The colder weather, sure — but there's something so romantic and cozy about the changing of the seasons! Fall brides are able to take full advantage of the vibrant colors, cozy atmosphere and seasonal gems of autumn, which are all ingredients for a memorable wedding, in my book!

Since one of the first steps in wedding planning is finding your venue, it's important for a fall bride who wants to embrace the season to find the perfect venue. While you may not have as many outdoor options as warmer seasons (buh-bye, beach weddings!), there's still a wealth of gorgeous fall wedding venues that can provide an unforgettable backdrop to the big day. You just have to know what to look for, first! Below are some of our favorite fall wedding venue ideas... fall brides, get ready to be inspired!

Backyard

Who says a backyard wedding is just for summer brides? Take advantage of a wedding-worthy backyard by setting up fall must-haves — a bonfire, s'mores and hot chocolate — for your reception. The fall colors and cozy atmosphere are sure to stun guests!

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Barn

Nothing says "fall wedding" quite like a rustic barn wedding venue. Just add some twinkly lights, some gold-leafed pumpkins for decor, lots of dahlias, and you've got a full-on autumnal celebration!

Apple Orchard

It's apple season, so celebrate your big day and the fall in an apple orchard. Your guests might even go home with a delicious bushel of apples!

Rustic lodges & cabins

The fall is for cozy fireplaces, blankets and a mug of hot apple cider — isn't a rustic lodge or a cabin in the woods the perfect setting for that? We think so too, which is why a lodge would be the perfect fall wedding setting!

Photo by  Terra Lange Photography  via Junebug  Weddings

Photo by Terra Lange Photography via Junebug Weddings

A park, botanical or arboretum

Embrace the fall and enjoy the last few days of outdoor weather with a wedding surrounded by the colors of a new season. Having your wedding outdoors in the fall might not be an option for all couples, but for those of you who can have autumn leaves as a wedding backdrop, we say do it!

Photo by  Mark & Kara  via  Oncewed

Photo by Mark & Kara via Oncewed

A historic home or hotel

With colder weather perhaps driving you and your guests indoors, a cozy historic home or hotel could provide a fun, vintage backdrop to keep you and your guests warm.

Where will you be having a your fall wedding, brides? Did anyone get any great ideas or discover a new venue? Let us know in the comments!

An elegant and timeless castle wedding by Rebecca Yale Photography
by Stephanie

When you daydreamed of your wedding as a little girl, what did imagine? Did you see a stunning castle, a lacy white ball gown or prince charming? If you answered yes to any of these things, prepare to see your dreams come to life today! Sandy and Kain were married at the Oheka Castle on Long Island, with a beautiful day that looks like it's been picked up out of a fairy tale and translated into real life! This classic and timeless castle wedding has the lacy white ball gown, a vintage car, a stunning reception and many many more dreamy touches, all captured perfectly by Rebecca Yale Photography.

The day is sweetened even more by the personal touches Sandy and Kain added into the mix, from their elegant custom monogram to their thoughtful favors. Read on to see more of this completely timeless castle wedding...

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How completely stunning do Sandy and Kain look? And their reception at the Oheka Castle is completely to die for! Thanks to Rebecca Yale Photography for sharing, and congrats to the happy couple!

Vendors:

Venue: Oheka Castle | Photography: kate Photography | Church: St. Josephs R.C.C | Florist: Ava Flora | Stationary Suite: Bella Figura from Ipanema Press | Save the Date: Smock from Ipanema Press | Rehearsal Dinner | Invite: Ipanema Press  | Videographer: Love and Brain Films | Caterer: Chef Chris Cappello | DJ: Play Something Good | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier at Mark Ingram | Bride's Headpiece: Twigs and Honey | Bride's Veil: BestWeddingVeil | Groom’s Suit: Burberry | Bridesmaids Dresses: FoxBride | Vintage Car: 1933 Packard Presedential from All Star Limousine | 360 wigs: addcolo | Makeup: Jackie Norrito | Processed by Richard Photo Lab  

An intimate fairytale wedding at a B&B by Chellise Michael photography
by Stephanie

If you're looking for a sweet celebration that looks like it's straight out of a storybook, you'll love today's fairytale wedding at a B&B, captured by the team at Chellise Michael Photography! Gayle and Thomas were married at the Shorecrest B&B on Long Island, with a sweetly intimate ceremony where Gayle and Thomas both walked down the aisle together. Their tented reception had the prettiest handmade details and literary touches.

Gayle looks like a bride out of a fairytale, with a gorgeous gold hair piece and a dress which incorporated parts of her grandmother's wedding gown, while Thomas looks every bit the handsome prince charming! Read on to see more beautiful photos of this special day...

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That lighted tent and the reception details are simply breathtaking — the perfect touches to this intimate fairytale wedding day! Congrats to Gayle and Thomas, and thanks to the team at Chellise Michael Photography!

Vendors:

Event Design: Ashley O'Neil Events | Photography: Falcon Griffith/Chellise Michael Photography | Reception Site: Shorecrest B&B | Event Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Catering: North Fork Table & Inn | Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Calligraphy: Charlie Taliaferro | Bride's dress: designed with parts of her Grandmother's dress | Shoes: Valentino

A cheerful and colorful urban wedding by Rebecca Yale Photography
by Stephanie

Is there anything more gorgeous that a couple that can laugh and dance together? Probably not, which is why we're obsessed with Michelle and James' wedding, featured today! Captured by Rebecca Yale Photography, their bright and colorful urban wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn was a total dream From the bunches and bunches of pretty pink flowers, to the stunning ceremony and crazy dance party later at the reception, this is one couple that knows how to have fun together.

Read on for more gorgeous photos of this colorful wedding by Rebecca Yale — there's a lot of great inspiration in this one, so make sure to Pin your favorite moments!

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Vendors:

Venue: 501 Union  | Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Planner: Jove Meyer  | Caterer: Heavenly Events | DJ: Play Something Good  | Flowers: August Sage Violet | Dress and Veil: Leanne Marshall | Tailor: Amanda Madden | Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett | Groom's Suit: Jack Aswani | Groom's Boutonniere: Studio Ardent | Groomsmen's Suits: J. Crew | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J. Crew | Bridesmaid's Robes: Silk and More | Invitations: Party Perfect | Calligrapher: Mrs. Liz Castro | Cake Topper: Anto Arts  | Hair Stylist: Styles on B  | Makeup: Lauren Mallia Makeup | Processing by Richard Photo Lab

A free spirited wedding on Block Island by Chellise Michael Photography
by Stephanie

Today's wedding is unlike any other we've seen — and that's a great thing! This unique day, shot by Chellise Michael Photography, is a totally free spirited wedding celebration with lots of unexpected quirks and boho details. The bride and groom, Kristin and Nick, were married at the scenic Block Island in Rhode Island. The bride designed her own gown, wore the prettiest turquoise cuff ever, and went barefoot. Intrigued yet? There's also pineapple wedding decor, a fantastic naked wedding cake and HUGE dance party involved. So trust us, this is one wedding you do NOT want to miss!

Read on to see more of Kristin and Nick's totally fun and free spirited wedding day!

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How magical is that last shot of the couple? I can't imagine a more fun or magical way to start off a marriage than with a unique wedding like this. Thanks to Chellise Michael Photography for sharing, and congrats to Kristin and Nick!

Vendors:

Venue: Block Island, RI | Photography: Chellise Michael | Wedding dress: Custom designed by bride | Groom's suit: John Varvatos | Groom's shoes: Soludos | Hair and makeup: Andrea DiLieto | Catering: Block Island Gourmet | Cake and dessert: Aldo's Bakery | Plant decor: Cathrine Cote at Wildwood Nursery | Invitation graphics: Designed by bride

A chic black tie engagement by Hanh Nguyen Photography
by Stephanie

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There's something just so chic and utterly romantic about a black tie engagement session. And really, what better occasion is there to get all dressed up than your engagement photos? Today's couple, Damien and Kaitlin, started off their stunning engagement shoot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission with a sweet and casual laid-back style. But the fun really starts when Damien dons a suit and Kaitlin changes into a drop-dead gorgeous black dress. The ruins at the mission just makes the entire experience that much more romantic!

With memorable photos taken by Hanh Nguyen Photography, you really don't want to miss this special day. Keep reading to see more beautiful and chic black tie engagement photos...

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How gorgeous are they? Congrats to Damien and Kaitlin — I know that is one wedding that is going to be simply stunning!

Vendors:

Photography: Hanh Nguyen Photography | Venue: San Juan Capistrano Mission | Kaitlin's dress: ASOS