My 2008 halloween costume: YOU! #Wedding trends#birdcage veil#boots#bouquet#cupcakes#dog#fluevogs#halloween#Offbeat Bride Tribe#peacock feathers#red dress#tattooed bride#top hat#veil October 31 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel 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! Related Post A colorful gothically delicious wedding in Newfoundland Are you up for an elegant industrial goth fix? Today is your day. Ashley and Paddy ooze delicious and colorful gothic energy in their 'til... Read more 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. Rockabilly-style tattooed chest-piece? (Granted, fake.) But check! Peacock feathers? Check. Hipster mustache? Check! Fleuvogs and skull detailing? Check! Headless groom/groveling bride? Check. Headless bride/groveling groom? Check. Coordinated wedding dog? Check. (That's my Li'l D, Sassafras!) Christy's classic "Just a minute, hon!" book shot? Check. 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! 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… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Wedding mustaches NEXT Beautiful dreadlocked bride Show/Hide comments [ 109 ] Amazing, and, I concur, Hot. I think the dress being tea-length would have helped. 😉 Maybe next year. I want to play offbeat bride bingo– I get birdcage, MAC lipstick, fluevogs, cupcakes, and freespace. Bingo! Reply OMG, you look great what a kewl outfit you actually have quite a bit of my elements in there. You forgot the cupcake stand full of jello shooters. Drop by some night, I would gladly make some for you 😛 Love your site, you rock Reply holy wow, you're the awesome! seriously, this is a brilliant idea–go, you! Reply Oh, Ariel!! We love you! Reply You F*#king rule AMS! Gros bises~ Reply Oh what I would do to have graduated from a place called "Hellgate". I wish I had an excuse to get all decked out in OBB trends…. putting thinking cap on… Reply Rodrigus, thanks for nailing it: this was really just an excuse to get to wear all the fun offbeat bride stuff that I didn't get to rock for my OWN wedding. Reply yr so awesome dude. I think you got all of our elements perfect. Where are the handfasting chords though???? Reply f*cking awesome! I love every bit of it. (I would have added a non floral bouquet of…….lollipops or some shit) Reply […] delightful friend Ariel Meadow Stallings had me photograph her for the purpose of an Offbeat Bridge posting and general tomfoolery (some of you may remember my photographs of her book tour last year). The […] Reply […] have two Halloween costumes, one where I match my book readers, and one where I match my dog: …they're both pretty dang […] Reply HA! I'm dying! That is too great! But come on Seattle Girl, where's your Wai-Ching?? 😉 Reply That is very cool… I wish we had more Halloween over here. Oh well. The only thing I can think of is having a tea length dress… Like mine will be one year from today!!! Reply hey ariel you should do this EVERY year. Reply So earlier I looked at the page and just saw a bride in a red dress with a top hat and dog, not even realizing it was you! KUDOS, my friend. Reply I loved this. A lot. I like all the details that you put in from the skulls to the peacock feathers that reflect common, shared elements of the community. Reply Hee! I love it. 😀 Also, that's where I'm having my wedding photos taken! I *love* the Deco-style doors of the museum. Reply Best fake wedding photo shoot ever. I, too, am in love with Sassafras. What kind of dog is he? Reply I call her a "bosthuahua" — a boston terrier/chihuahua mix. For the most part she got the best of each breed — including a chihuahua upper jaw and boston lower jaw which means a HILARIOUS underbite. Reply OMG!!! This is so freakin' awesome!! And you look just gorgeous in those photos! Reply Ariel, you look gorgeous! That might be the best post you've ever had! LOVE IT!! Reply Fun! If I had infinite fundage I would find excuses to purchase so many OBB wedding outfits and just wear them. I especially love the icing on nose, as I am physically incapable of eating dessert without getting it on my face. It just tastes better that way. One of my bridesmaids says that she loves this about me because it reassures her that I have not been replaced by aliens. Reply Wow. For a bunch of offbeat brides we do seem to follow the herd, it seems. I have completely re-thought my "kambriel jacket/mini top hat with veil" idea. Thank you. BTW: Awesome cupcake slideshow. My parents did something very similar for their '89 wedding, but with dairy-free cake and a bit messier. Reply I totally want to marry you. Reply Gulp, off to hide my red wedding Fluevogs! Shh… now I'm embarassed. All you needed was the red or fuschia 40's rockabilly updo and voila… the perfect composite OBB. Though, frankly, you've pretty much nailed it! Reply Ariel- you look so fabulous. Love that dress and the cupcake sequence was priceless. Keep on being your awesome self. I love this community. -madilyne Reply Love the crazy-eye cupcake eating! Reply This was hilarious; awesome pictures! Reply This is hilarious! You are rockin' Ariel! I'm not doing any of these things at my wedding….I feel even more offbeat now! Reply You forgot everyone's favorite craft store- Etsy! lolz this made my day. Reply You forgot the vintage swallow tattoo! Love it, Ariel. Especially the flicker cupcake feast! Reply Soooo pretty. I just love it. Reply this is triply hilarious… LOVE seeing the whole set sunshine! 😀 Reply You Fucking Kill Me! I heart you Ariel! I especially heart the cupcake slideshow… MWAH! Reply Awesome:) lookin' good Reply Ariel, YOU ROCK! Reply This is too funny!! The fake chest tattoo kills me! Reply Youre a goober Ariel, and I love you. Reply You're awesome – thanks – this is fabulous Reply I had to add the link to our Topgun costumes. Turns out the moustache was wicked after all! Reply 😛 Yep, Ariel, you're great. Reply Fantastic effort Ariel!!! Reply While reading this, I was thinking if my daughter took a good picture of me in my costume this year. I was a Dead Bride, simply because I was upset that day due to fighting with my so called groom to be, I actually cut up a wedding gown/costume for our halloween wedding and we were going to marry on November 1st 2008 but cancelled due to "can't work out problems with the wedding" If yall intrested in seeing the "costume" I will upload it for you all. Happy Day to you All!!! Reply P.S…. you rock Ariel!!! beautiful pics!! Reply AMAZING!!! You look fantastic… how much fun!! Reply sooo much of that resembles my wedding 😛 very cute! Reply […] be a little concerned by) the distinct Offbeat Bride trends. I mean, that's why I was able to recognizably dress up as an Offbeat Bride for Halloween, […] Reply *snort* OMG, love it. Too fun! Righteous. ;D Reply omg what makeup are you using??? it's gorgeous!!! Reply f'ing fantastic cupcake photo slideshow. i nearly peed my pants. Reply Read more comments ‹ 1 2 3 › Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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