Wrap your loving tenticals around Concertina Press' oceanic wedding invitations

By on Oct. 31st

Black and White Octopus Wedding Invitation by Concertina Press

Our sponsor Concertina Press is back and giving me a fresh case of the "wish I hads." That's because Concertina Press makes the most gorgeous wedding invitations with fish, sharks, and octopodes — oh my!

Get your snorkels and flippers on, and let's submerge ourselves into the aquarium of wonders that is Concertina Press' nautical stationery…

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Orange is the new wedding shoe

By on Oct. 31st

Peppy Planner Heel in Orange

Sure fine — it's Halloween today, so it's extra seasonally appropriate to share orange wedding shoes. But let's be clear on this: orange wedding shoes are for any day, and every day. Our own Megan wore orange shoes at her beach wedding, so I know for fact that they look awesome on everyone from autumnal brides looking to match the leaves, to destination brides looking to match the sunset. I've included lots of flats here, as well. Let's dive in…

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Megan & Marshall's intimate, gothic, and spooky wedding

By on Oct. 31st

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange? It's our favorite week for spooky, gothic, and horror-themed weddings — it's HALLOWEEN WEEK!

Out In The Garden

Photos by Lisa Garnett, Playful Moments Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Megan

Her offbeat partner: Marshall, Tattoo Artist

Date and location of wedding: Homeport Historic B&B, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada — October 19, 2013

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We both have always loved Halloween. We knew when we discussed the idea of getting married it would be in the fall with costumes and a spooky theme. We were together just shy of seven years when Marshall proposed, so we knew exactly what we wanted: to keep it simple and small. We both are from the same small community of Sunny Corner located just outside of Miramichi, New Brunswick. If we got married at "home," it would be a huge event and be difficult to limit the list. So we decided to get married in Saint John, where we had been living for six years. We felt it would be a nice getaway for both of our families as well.

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Don't let these 10 wedding photographer pet peeves mess with your photos

Guestpost by Mike Allebach on Oct. 30th

Remember Mike Allebach's 12 things wedding photographers want to tell you, but can't? He's back with more photographer confessions that could help you avoid hating your wedding pics.

All photos by Mike Allebach

All photos by Mike Allebach

Wedding-day snafus don't just stress out the couple — they can also affect your photographer's ability to get those amazing photos you've envisioned. Wedding photographers have a lot of insight into what makes a wedding day run smoothly, so I polled a handful of longtime pros to find out their biggest pet peeves and the stress-relieving fixes.

1. The time crunch

Ambitious timelines, traffic jams, limo beer-runs, and hair-and-makeup delays can all chip away at the time you allotted for photos. So please pad your timeline. Your day will feel more relaxed, and you'll get more photos you love. Here are some tips:

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A Dia de los Muertos wedding for the whole family

By on Oct. 30th

Kristin and Jon celebrated El Dia de los Muertos a bit early last year on a rainy day in late October. The couple got married at the Round Corner Cantina in Pennsylvania, surrounded by little cacti in pots, tiny skulls, and a particularly spooky cake. Most of these details you'll see in the photos are El Dia de los Muertos or Mexican artifacts that Kristin and Jon already had in their home.

Both Kristin and Jon had been married before, so this small, relatively informal celebration wrapped up a few key wishes: one venue that had everything from drinks to food (hello, taco bar adaptable to dietary restrictions); a colored dress (Kristin's bright red dress is UHmazing); and Kristin's son walked her down the aisle. Awwwwwww!

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Karen & Chris' spooktacular Halloween wedding

By on Oct. 30th

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange? It's our favorite week for spooky, gothic, and horror-themed weddings — it's HALLOWEEN WEEK!

Halloween Wedding

Photos by Jace Lightman and Christian Cole, Dreambox Louisville Studios, Jace Lightman Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Karen

Her offbeat partner: Chris

Date and location of wedding: MillaNova Winery, Mount Washington, Kentucky — October 31, 2013

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I have been a Halloween fanatic my entire life and I really obsess over it. It's not just a holiday, it's a lifestyle for us. We were going for a Victorian/Halloween-themed wedding, with a little but of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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9 must-haves for the scary-awesomest Halloween wedding food spread

By on Oct. 29th
Our Wedding Cake Sign

Photos by Lisa Garnett, Playful Moments Photography

Megan and Marshall had a spooktacular Halloween-themed wedding in Canada. You'll be seeing more of their awesome event later this week. But right now, let's freak the fuck out all over their incredible Halloween-themed food spread. There are delicious barfing pumpkins, cheese with eyes, not to mention that one of their cupcakes might just kill you.

Feast your eyes IF YOU DARE. Mwahahahahahaha-yummmmmmm…

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Will this bride and groom manage to stave off their undead wedding party?

By on Oct. 29th

Apparently Matt and Sheri throw an annual Halloween party of epic proportions. After checking out the photos of their Massachusetts wedding last year, I'm not inclined to challenge that. At least, not if I don't want to be eaten by an undead wedding party.

Matt and Sheri decreed that every wedding guest would arrive properly arrayed in costume, and photographer Jamie Ivins tells me he saw Rosie the Riveter, Queen Elizabeth, and a family of Smurfs. You can see for yourself that Elvis was the officiant.

But the award for the best group costume goes to the wedding party. I mentioned they were undead, right? Matt and Sheri and the photographer had more than a little fun with a wedding-meets-zombie-apocalypse photoshoot at the end of the day. Which is awesome. Oh, but then there's the little zombie flower girl carrying a severed foot wrapped with a bouquet. And then her zombie escort is beyond adorable. I just… I can't decide what my favorite photo is at all.

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Domenica & Brian's wicked All Hallow's Eve wedding

By on Oct. 29th

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange? It's our favorite week for spooky, gothic, and horror-themed weddings — it's HALLOWEEN WEEK!

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Photos by Andre Smith

The Offbeat Bride: Domenica, Prevention Director

Her offbeat partner: Brian, Production Supervisor

Date and location of wedding: Rockwood Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware — October 31, 2009

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We wanted to create a classy Halloween setting. This was challenging, but I think we pulled it off. One of the best things we did was set a budget in the beginning to avoid debt. If we couldn't pay for something outright, we didn't do it. This resulted in pushing the wedding back a year later than we had originally planned, but the extra planning time was tremendously helpful.

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Let's get to know LA-based Evangeline Lane, the globe-trotting, bi-coastal wedding photographer

By on Oct. 28th

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You might remember LA-based Evangeline Lane from her serendipitous experience getting into photography, this most seriously delightful Independence Day wedding, or maybe you even met her at last year's San Francisco Lovesick Expo. If you haven't heard of her, you need to know her now! Evangeline is a world-traveler, often getting booked for weddings overseas. Plus, she is bi-coastal in the U.S., too, so she knows her way around all kinds of weddings.

Let's talk about what makes Evangeline tick and why she just might be your saving grace in catching all the amazing details at your wedding. And of course, there's a special package waiting just for readers of Offbeat Bride.

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