Offbeat Bride in Lavender Magazine #In the media#lesbian#LGBT#Offbeat Bride the book#transgender April 19 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel I recently did a Q&A about my book with Lavender Magazine, Minnesota's gay and lesbian glossy. I rambled about transgender weddings, lesbian weddings, and het weddings alike … you can read the full interview here, but here's a little quote: What would you tell a couple who want to be nontraditional, but is kind of vague on the details? I actually worry about couples wanting to be nontraditional. I encourage couples to plan weddings that are an expression of their relationship and personalities. For some couples, this can mean confirming their place in larger cultural contexts, and honoring family traditions. For others, this can mean expressing their individuality. For both, the goal is the same: to create a wedding that fits with the couple and their relationship. When I hear about couples wanting to be nontraditional, it strikes me as a little inauthentic. You either are, or you aren't. It's like Yoda says: "Do, or do not. There is no try." Read the full interview. 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 Sexy Pin-up style photos from Seattle Boudoir Photography NEXT Avalon & Daniel's gothic faerie wedding Toggle comments [ 5 ] I'm happy to see Lavender. I saw it and was all "Oo, Minneapolis!" 0 agree Reply Nice interview! 0 agree Reply I loved it too. Thanks for sharing! 0 agree Reply I was so excited to see your article! Yay Minnesota! 0 agree Reply I wait for the wedding issue of Lavender to come out every year and I was super excited to see your interview in it this year! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.