My 2008 halloween costume: YOU!

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!After working on offbeatbride.com for almost two years now (and Offbeat Bride the book for another year before that!) I've started to see some definite trends in offbeat bride styles.

I mean yes: we're all doing our own thang, but there are definitely elements that seem to pop up repeatedly in offbeat weddings.

To celebrate this, I decided that this Halloween I would dress up as, well, YOU! I wanted to see how many offbeat bride trends I could pack into one outfit.

No one in Seattle will get this costume at all — "goth drag queen?" "weird mary poppins?" — but I don't care. I did it for y'all because I love your style.

SO, how many offbeat trends can you see in these shots? We'll start easy: Red wedding dress? Check. Actually a prom dress? Check. Purchased off eBay? Check!

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Oh, but there's SO much more

Tiny top hat? (Also from eBay!) Birdcage veil?
That MAC lipstick everyone keeps raving about on the OBT? Check.

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Rockabilly-style tattooed chest-piece? (Granted, fake.) But check!

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Peacock feathers? Check.

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Hipster mustache? Check!

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Fleuvogs and skull detailing? Check!

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Headless groom/groveling bride? Check.

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Headless bride/groveling groom? Check.

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Coordinated wedding dog? Check.
(That's my Li'l D, Sassafras!)

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Christy's classic "Just a minute, hon!" book shot? Check.

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

And of course then there are the cupcakes. Offbeat brides looooove cupcakes, but perhaps none as much as me! (I recommend sliding the slideshow speed to 1 second/photo for maximum CUPCAKE HORROR!)

And last but not least, Kambriel jacket for the full goth feel? CHECK!

I'm an Offbeat Bride for Halloween!

Very special thanks to my dear friend Ben Haley who so graciously took the time to play bridal portraiture with me to get all these ridiculous photos.

SO! Offbeat Brides … any trends I missed? Maybe I'll do this every year, and we'll see what offbeat trends show up for Halloween 2009…

  1. f'ing fantastic cupcake photo slideshow. i nearly peed my pants.

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  2. LOL this is super funny but actually you look amazing! Just another reminder never to listen to the you'llll seeeeeee's (aka after you have a baby you'll never have a hot body again).

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  3. I don't care if this was two years ago, it's still totally relevant! Love it <3 You rock this look :)

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  4. ariel can you please do this again???
    but you need to add robots and paper flowers. and take your pictures by graffiti :)

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    • I'm being a care bear for Halloween this year … but maybe I should think about doing this, too. :)

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  5. The slideshow of you devouring that cupcake feindishly cracked me up! Bwahaha!

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