Philadelphia's Allebach Photography is booking in your neighborhood (and has TWO discounts)

By on Oct. 24th

Allebach Photography is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide!

Philly-based photographer Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography is one guy you've likely already heard us rave about before. Around these parts, he's been known to totally rock the tattooed wedding market, and HALF of his bookings are same-sex couples. On top of it all, Mike has been partnering with us for over six years and has used his expertise to write some pretty boss posts for us. So when we say we can vouch for our dude, we really mean it.

But today I really want to talk about Mike's ability to travel TO YOU to make your inked-up, same-sex, or quirky-traditional wedding photo dreams happen. It's like he's in your backyard no matter where you are.

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An ode to Offbeat Bride's most popular shoe of all time

By on Oct. 24th
Bridesmaid shoes

Photo by Sandra Johnson Photography from Jennie & Daniel's tropical adventure-themed zoo wedding

In the five years I've been writing shoe posts (Hello? What the hell? How has it been that long?), I've always been able to track product purchases. As always, I can't see WHO buys what (your Hitachi purchases are safe, friends — no shame, all joy!), I can see which products people buy after clicking a link on Offbeat Bride. This is called affiliate tracking and I've written about it a bunch over here on the Offbeat Empire business blog.

Without a doubt, the most popular shoe of all time ever and ever is T.U.K.'s peacock pump. It's aff-$44-able and cute, and while I don't see quite as many peacock-themed weddings as I used to, small peacock details are still making weddings everywhere more beautiful… and these shoes are a great nod.

But what of T.U.K.'s other shoes? Many of them are creepers, which are ideal for our slice of psychobilly readers. Well, for the rest of you, I want to share T.U.K.'s other more formal footwear — pumps and flats that are allllmost as cute as the peacock shoe. (Almost. What could ever be that cute?)

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Jen & Rod's papercraft-y city gamer wedding

By on Oct. 24th

The Offbeat Bride: Jen, Environment, Health, & Safety Coordinator

Her offbeat partner: Rod, IT System Support Guru

Date and location of wedding: The Met Hotel, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK — May 10, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We're both from Leeds, and we love it, so it made sense to find a city venue. The Metropole Hotel is a beautiful listed building, which provided a lovely backdrop to our day. We wanted to have a friend-centric rock party, with a wedding beforehand.

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Turn up the heat with 13 bonfire weddings

By on Oct. 23rd

Come out of the woodwork, bonfire lovers! I've got a dozen bonfire-y weddings for you to ogle. After their weddings, our Offbeat Brides have cozied up to anything from tiny lil' firepits to roaring infernos. They've played croquet nearby, shown off their hooping skills, and drank tastefully from kegs. One even had a fire dancer light the blaze for the evening. See a photo you really like? Click on it to explore the wedding where it came from!

Not enough? Want more? Fine. Go roam around our bonfire archives. Take a s'more with you.

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Martha & Daniel's low-impact redwoods wedding (with many pretzels!)

By on Oct. 23rd
Photo Shoot in Mountain View Cemetery

The Offbeat Bride: Martha, Bookstore Manager and Designer

Her offbeat partner: Daniel, Payroll Administrator

Date and location of wedding: UC Botanical Gardens and Cloud 9, Berkeley, CA — August 3, 2013

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We tried really hard to make our wedding as low-impact, local, and sustainable as possible without going broke. This translated into me getting my wedding dress used and Daniel's entire outfit being made in America (which was pretty hard to do, actually). We also used all compostable flatware and plates which we ordered in bulk. Vases, platters, and other accessories were found at estate sales, and we gave lots of things away after the wedding.

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Confidence: the secret key to pulling off a guilt-free budget wedding

Guestpost by Jennay on Oct. 22nd
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Photo by Lindsey McDaniel Williams, LifeExposed Photography.

When I was planning my wedding, cost was a big factor. While I wanted to enjoy the day and have it represent my partner and me, I didn't want to do it at a premium cost. So I SCOURED the internet to find ways to slash my budget.

The problem was that some of these "20 Ideas to Cut Your Budget" just weren't feasible. Part of my problem was that, to many, a "budget wedding" is a $20,000 wedding, and I was hoping for more of a $5,000 wedding. Another problem was that the "easiest" way to cut my budget was to invite fewer people, but the guest list already had NO wiggle room. Yet another frustration was that I had already budgeted for wedding cost-cutters like using vinyl tablecloths, serving beverages in cans and bottles, asking a cousin to take my photos, non-floral centrepieces, choosing one venue, wearing a non-wedding dress, barbecue catering, using a wedding cake alternative, and opting to be my own wedding day coordinator. To many, I already had the "budget wedding."

While these things certainly saved money, they caused me a LOT of stress. I worried way too much about the table cloths looking cheap, whether or not Grandma would be pissed about having to drink out of a can, if the photos would turn out nice, and whether I had forgotten any details.

Here is where I think the biggest difficulties in planning a budget wedding lie: that it's really hard to find affirmation in choosing the "cheaper" way.

So here are my tips for planning a guilt-free "budget" wedding…

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Dogs of honor, a fabulous purple dress, and tons of family at this beach wedding in the Philippines

By on Oct. 22nd

Kenneth and Anne actually got married last year in Singapore, where they live and work, but most of their family was unable to attend. So the couple decided to throw a weekend wedding bash in their hometown of Iloilo City in the Philippines!

Things started off relatively intimate with a beach ceremony for immediate family. It's also where Anne brought the style in a purple and teal frilled gown made by an edgy young Philippine designer, Djohn Clement. Romantic, fun, and colorful — and are you ready to die from cuteness? Kenneth and Anne brought their three dogs, Piper, Prue, and Sachi, to walk them down the aisle. Complete with frickin' adorable badges announcing their duties.

But let's not stop there. The guest list grew to a couple hundred for the following night's festivities in an urban garden. Kenneth and Anne opted for more casual attire, but damn. I'm taking notes on their style.

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Emily & Raphael's handmade, community-centered Texas Hill Country picnic

By on Oct. 22nd
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Photos by John Squyers, Blue Media Works

The Offbeat Bride: Emily, Marketing Asistant & Event Coordinator

Her offbeat partner: Raphael, Information Technology

Date and location of wedding: City Park and Beir Garten of Pecan St. Brewing, Johnson City, TX – — May 17, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I knew going in what things cost (100x the normal amount) and I knew what I wanted, but learning what Raphael wanted, and planning a day together that showcased him as well as me (and us!) was really challenging and fun. Raphael and I got married in a gazebo in a city park (free!) and had our early afternoon reception in the bier garten of a brewpub. We served a pizza buffet for lunch, a cake buffet for dessert (handmade by Raphael's mom!), and a beer and wine buffet serving locally-made wines and brewed-in-house beers. Every item in the wedding was handmade by someone close to us, down to the flowers and the hand-drawn social media symbols on the chalk boards.

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Pops of bright yellow and bubble gum at this vintage farmhouse wedding at Arizona's Chapel At The Farm

By on Oct. 21st

Lizzy and Jake got engaged on a family farm in Minnesota. It was no surprise that, when hunting through Phoenix-area wedding venues, they fell in love with our sponsor Chapel at the Farm — a small 1920s vintage farmhouse in Gilbert, Arizona.

These two wanted a wedding day filled with laughter, playfulness, and heart-warming touches. Their wedding day included a lot of personal details like family heirlooms, favorite candies, and this handkerchief, hand-made for the groom, with a special message…

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