Monday Montage

By on Jul. 19th

The number of GUH-MAZING photos pouring into the Offbeat Bride pool this summer is totally overwhelming me, and while I always want to feature some of my favorite weddings as full wedding profiles, that can take a long time. Lots of brides don't submit their profiles until they have their professional photos, as as we all know — that can take months. So what to do when I see a photo I'm dying to feature, but don't have the full story yet?


See, over on Offbeat Mama, my managing editor Stephanie will often do a Monday Mama Montage, where she grabs some of her very favorite shots from the Offbeat Mama Flickr pool to feature on the site. I've decided to try doing this on Offbeat Bride, too. So, join me as we dive into the very first Monday Montage.

You can totally click the photos below to get more details over on Flickr. Oh, and where possible, I've tried to note photographers who took the shots.

Still Punk Rock

Too freaking cute! The crinoline! The cons! The glasses! The little anime hair buns! *dies of omgcute*

sarah & bridesmaids

Why, I haven't seen a rainbow dress like this since Anya's wedding last year and HOLY HELL. I love rainbow dresses. Just love them. Sarah looks smashing here in her's, and as a bonus: check out the rainbow felt bouquet!

And there was a VW van named Ursula involved:

Jack & Sarah & Ursula

Oh, and then there's this turquoise & red wedding:

The die-hards.


I took one look at this picture and was like "Hey, are they in Portland?!" And of course they are! I know there are lots of bikers in other cities, but seriously — there are sooo many awesome bike nerds in PDX, that I just knew this was two of 'em. Julie, the bride, explains in the caption:

We ended our wedding with a bike parade across town! We sat and had (extended for us!) happy hour with the crew who made it the whole way, our photographer Erin and our friend/hairstylist Kathleen who drove down to meet us, and a few stray friends who popped up.

Here's Julie with her groom Thomas headed toward downtown Portland after the wedding. Notice the "Just married" sign around Julie's waist!


And then there was this shot:


Which makes me blurt out inappropriate things like CAN I BE THE MEAT IN THAT SANDWICH OK I'LL JUST BE QUIET NOW. And keeping with the purple theme:

Mmm beer

OBT member kiwibttrflyty shows us how it's done on your wedding day.

And finally, the bride who's smile will carry you through your entire Monday:


I actually got an amazing email from a reader named Mary-Beth about the bride pictured above:

As soon as I saw this woman, she became one of the most inspirational brides I've ever seen if not the most ever. What I find inspiring about this bride is how she unashamedly shows off her beautiful body art and looks beautiful and happy while doing it. Seeing this, and the huge smiles on her face throughout her wedding, gave me every confidence that staying true to ourselves with our wedding will give us the greatest joy. Just seeing this bride and her happiness has inspired me and I hope it inspires others to love themselves and add to that love however they see fit.

Coco has tried contacting the bride to get more information … none yet, but we'll keep trying!