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"Holy crap this is happening!" 5 momentous black and white wedding photos + a photography discount

Believe it or not, I am old enough that when I started seriously studying photography, I learned to shoot with black and white film, and develop it in an actual darkroom. As a photojournalist, my emphasis was on capturing candid, story-telling photographs of human emotions. What really sets me apart are photojournalistic shots that speak to my darkroom roots. There’s something about black and white photography that distills the emotional impact of the moment. Without color, you really can feel how mind-blowing that “Holy crap! I’m getting in my wedding dress! This is happening!” moment was.

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23 nerdy housewares for your geek kitchen registry

I like to keep things in my kitchen on the nerdy side. I don my Jack Skellington apron (yep, I actually own that), sip from my Hedwig mug, and pull recipes from Nerdy Nummies, and YOU CAN, TOO!

I've rounded up 23 of the nerdiest, science-y, and fandom-filled housewares perfect for your geek kitchen. Add them to your wedding registry and let your guests get you something that they'll actually be psyched to give. Which is more fun to give: a regular ol' salt and pepper shaker or a DRAGON holding the shakers?! You know the answer.

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Planning an introvert-friendly wedding when you're an extrovert

Extroverts, Type-As, and those who enjoy being the center of attention usually get the easy path when it comes to enjoying their wedding day. Introverts can have an internal conflict over wanting to celebrate themselves and their relationship, while struggling to be comfortable in the spotlight. We've covered similar topics in the past with tips to help the introverted portion of the couple survive and thrive. Here are some of our best tips for accommodating both sides of the coin and planning an introvert-friendly wedding.

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Separate, together, and in between: alternative processional ideas from readers

We've got a post that lays out some ways to craft your customized processional including how to lay out the order, how to choose the music, where to seat honored guests, etc. It's totally worth a read if you're at that stage of planning. But we also received some great ideas in the comments that I want to share with you today. Here are a few of our favorite ways to process down the aisle, outside of the traditional methods.

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I won't dance, don't ask me: a laser tag reception cures a no-dancing party

Sinatra wouldn't dance, don't ask him. And we know some of you feel the same way. We love us some reception dancing alternatives like lawn games, Dance Dance Revolution, scavenger hunts, tabletop games, and lip sync battles. Reader ChicagoGal gave us another rad dance alternative idea: a laser tag reception! If you've got a local laser tag joint that can accommodate your guest list size, you can book a few hours of non-dancing reception fun pew-pewing at each other or just watching the fun unfold. Let's see what she had to say about it.

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This balloon-filled Up wedding theme decor makes us talking dog happy

Selena and Stephen had a most magical Disney•Pixar's Up wedding theme for their Reno, Nevada wedding. We're talking hot air balloon glowing centerpieces, rainbow balloon cake, grape soda boutonnieres, Carl and Ellie-style mailbox card box, balloon thumbprint guest book print, and balloon shots galore. It's like their love exploded in color form and we got drenched in the magic. Let's take a peek at all the Up-themed wedding decor.

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Game of Thrones wedding details for your totally non-Red Wedding

You guys: season six of Game of Thrones happens THIS SUNDAY. Are you as excited as we are? I've remained very spoiler-free, but I havent' been able to resist thinking about our featured Game of Thrones weddings. I found more GoT wedding details that I had to share with you. I kind of want most of it just for my own use, but obviously it would all be killer at a Game of Thrones wedding. Just maybe keep the red and purple details to a minimum just in case? Let's peek at the edible dragon eggs, crystal crowns, dragon scale rings, and "wedding is coming" temporary tattoos.

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Up your card box's geek game by using an original Nintendo Entertainment System

Heather and Matt had lots of 8-bit references in their wedding, but our favorite was definitely their Nintendo card box. The best part was their instructions sign that read, "If it does not work on first try, blow on card and reinsert card." HA. If you don't get that reference, you're most likely a youngin'.

This project brings so much retro radness in a small, DIYed package that will appeal to all your old school gamer pals.

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This Magic the Gathering wedding had an official tournament and style for miles

You might remember Sara and Will's fabulously geeky Doctor Who meets Magic the Gathering engagement session. They were just the most cutest ever in the world, amirite? We've now got the whole story of their Magic the Gathering wedding. Get ready for an official Magic tournament reception (sanctioned by official Magic judges!), party game centerpieces, floral bridesmaids dresses, hidden superhero groomsmen, MTG place cards, and so much nerdy goodness to tickle your nerd core.

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BIFF! BAM! POW! A superhero and pop culture-infused scout camp wedding

This pair's love of movies, superheroes, video games, and pop culture influenced all their decisions in this superhero scout camp wedding. Don't even think about missing their sweet walk down the aisle, the bride's gorgeously retro blue dress that she made the NIGHT BEFORE the wedding, the wild groomsmen photos, and alllll of the superhero touches.

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Wait until you see this Catskills Buddhist wedding with prom-themed reception

These two cuties had a lovely journey to their Catskills Buddhist wedding at Dai Bosatsu Catskills. They had been attending a weekly sit at Dai Bosatsu Zendo’s NYC zendo, Shobo-ji, and eventually started visiting Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Zen Buddhist monastery in the Catskills. Side note: when you see it in these photos, be warned it will take your breath away. Soon after the two got engaged, they learned that Dai Bosatsu Zendo hosted weddings. They then booked the gorgeous Arnold House in Livingston Manor for a prom-themed reception.

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This masquerade dragon wedding satisfies your inner khaleesi AND Disney princess

We're celebrating the release of Game of Thrones season six this week by featuring Andrew and Nicki's kick-ass masquerade dragon wedding. It was a combination of Disney, masquerade, renaissance, and fantasy and it made our geek-loving day. Don't miss the castle backdrop at the reception, the dragon cake, the bride's blue gown, and the groom's hobbit hole cake. Channel your inner khaleesi and Disney princess for this masquerade dragon wedding fabulousness.

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Planning an introvert-friendly wedding when you're an extrovert

Extroverts, Type-As, and those who enjoy being the center of attention usually get the easy path when it comes to enjoying their wedding day. Introverts can have an internal conflict over wanting to celebrate themselves and their relationship, while struggling to be comfortable in the spotlight. We've covered similar topics in the past with tips to help the introverted portion of the couple survive and thrive. Here are some of our best tips for accommodating both sides of the coin and planning an introvert-friendly wedding.

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Separate, together, and in between: alternative processional ideas from readers

We've got a post that lays out some ways to craft your customized processional including how to lay out the order, how to choose the music, where to seat honored guests, etc. It's totally worth a read if you're at that stage of planning. But we also received some great ideas in the comments that I want to share with you today. Here are a few of our favorite ways to process down the aisle, outside of the traditional methods.

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I won't dance, don't ask me: a laser tag reception cures a no-dancing party

Sinatra wouldn't dance, don't ask him. And we know some of you feel the same way. We love us some reception dancing alternatives like lawn games, Dance Dance Revolution, scavenger hunts, tabletop games, and lip sync battles. Reader ChicagoGal gave us another rad dance alternative idea: a laser tag reception! If you've got a local laser tag joint that can accommodate your guest list size, you can book a few hours of non-dancing reception fun pew-pewing at each other or just watching the fun unfold. Let's see what she had to say about it.

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Kicking 'em out: how can we word our "zero argument" drama-free wedding rule?

We are no strangers to family and guest drama at weddings. Hell, we've got whole archives for family advice, family drama, and conflict resolution. People are people and people can bring the dramaz. You're totally on the right path by nipping it in the bud early and diplomatically addressing the issue on your wedding website. Wedding websites are the best place to explain anything you want explained: dress codes, ceremony rituals, accommodations, and of course, any specific drama rules that you'll be putting in place. Let's talk about how to word it.

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Bob Ross quotes to add some happy little zen to your ceremony

Some of my earliest memories came from my ASMR-filled hours blissing out to Bob Ross' Joy of Painting. It comes as no surprise to me that the king of zen, the late, great Bob Ross himself, has some mighty quotes from which we can pluck life lessons perfect for wedding vows, readings, and just to chill us out during wedding planning. Let's grab out proverbial paint brush, beat the devil out it, and read some happy little Bob Ross quotes.

Recent Features

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How we're making peace with our no bells and whistles wedding in the WIC pressure cooker

Planning a budget-friendly, streamlined wedding that doesn't feature all the "bells and whistles" of traditional weddings is not without its judgments and that's where my recent stress has been coming in. Wedding planning forums can make you question if your wedding is going to be remembered as the "worst wedding ever," your ideas suck, and it's all going to be tacky, especially if you are cutting some corners, budget-wise. Here's how we're handling the pressure.

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A green house wedding shower: best idea or bestest idea?

Caitlinn and Luke are planning their summer camp wedding for later this year, but we've got a sneak peek at their killer really green house wedding shower first. Our eyes were seriously boggling over the lush greenery, succulents, and plant-themed goodies that were served. Plus, who plans a wedding shower in a green house? Flippin' love it. Don't miss the seed packet favors, veggies everywhere, and dinosaur touches.

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Quiz your shower guests on wedding traditions with this printable wedding shower game

We love us some wedding shower games, and we got a great one from a reader recently that asks party guests to guess the origins of some popular wedding traditions. I then whipped up a free printable version of the wedding traditions wedding shower game for everyone to print and use at your parties. Here's the original suggestion and of course, the printable game sheet + answer key.

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OPEN THREAD: ASMR as your tingly wedding planning anti-stress tool

ASMR (or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is something I have been experiencing my whole life but for which I never had a name. I guarantee some of you will see this phenomenon and it will be the revelation of your existence. Some of you will have no idea what it's all about. We're here for the former: those of us who totally know the power of the head tingles. What are YOUR favorite ASMR YouTube accounts to which to bliss out?

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"Holy crap this is happening!" 5 momentous black and white wedding photos + a photography discount

Believe it or not, I am old enough that when I started seriously studying photography, I learned to shoot with black and white film, and develop it in an actual darkroom. As a photojournalist, my emphasis was on capturing candid, story-telling photographs of human emotions. What really sets me apart are photojournalistic shots that speak to my darkroom roots. There’s something about black and white photography that distills the emotional impact of the moment. Without color, you really can feel how mind-blowing that “Holy crap! I’m getting in my wedding dress! This is happening!” moment was.

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23 nerdy housewares for your geek kitchen registry

I like to keep things in my kitchen on the nerdy side. I don my Jack Skellington apron (yep, I actually own that), sip from my Hedwig mug, and pull recipes from Nerdy Nummies, and YOU CAN, TOO!

I've rounded up 23 of the nerdiest, science-y, and fandom-filled housewares perfect for your geek kitchen. Add them to your wedding registry and let your guests get you something that they'll actually be psyched to give. Which is more fun to give: a regular ol' salt and pepper shaker or a DRAGON holding the shakers?! You know the answer.

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Miss L Fire wedding shoes (or just, like, next week shoes)

This week I'm going to take a peek at Miss L Fire shoes, but with this warning: These suckers are pretty limited edition in only limited sizes, so if you like something, you gotta grab them before they go out of stock. Strike quickly, like a cobra that only eats shoes. (And don't blame me if stuff is already sold out… I tried, guys! I really tried!)

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Game of Thrones wedding details for your totally non-Red Wedding

You guys: season six of Game of Thrones happens THIS SUNDAY. Are you as excited as we are? I've remained very spoiler-free, but I havent' been able to resist thinking about our featured Game of Thrones weddings. I found more GoT wedding details that I had to share with you. I kind of want most of it just for my own use, but obviously it would all be killer at a Game of Thrones wedding. Just maybe keep the red and purple details to a minimum just in case? Let's peek at the edible dragon eggs, crystal crowns, dragon scale rings, and "wedding is coming" temporary tattoos.

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