I'm a photographer in search of a some very specific weddings to shoot (discounts included!)

September 6 | Guest post by Angela from Milestone Images
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You might remember Angela (New York-based wedding photographer Milestone Images) from her previous guest post in defense of trash the dress. Well, she's back and looking for some specific offbeat brides!

Since my first Q&A two years ago, I've had the privilege and pleasure of working with more than twenty-five couples who found me through this website. I've photographed everything from last month's fabulous DIY rustic barn wedding to a Halloween-themed zoo wedding to steampunk affairs and surprise courthouse elopements. Not to mention a magical Lord of the Rings-inspired wedding (with hand-drawn maps!)

In short, Offbeat Empire readers are thoroughly inspirational to work with! The creativity my couples come up with often surpasses anything I could imagine. There are, however, a couple of themes, locations, venues and/or love stories that I'm dying to photograph, and I'm offering special discounts for couples whose visions match my own…

Renaissance-inspired weddings

Angie and her armored-up husband!

I'm a Ren Faire/faerie-type-chick who married a guy who owns a full suit of armor, and I am longing to shoot a wedding in a castle or at a Renaissance Festival or Medieval Times! Whatever, I'm not picky.

Offbeat Brides always get 10% off from me, but the first garb-loving, sword-toting, human-chess playing, giant turkey leg-eating duo will save 15% off their total photography package, with a free engagement session thrown in for anyone getting married at Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown, NY; Whitby Castle in Rye, NY; Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY, or the NY Ren Faire in Tuxedo Junction, NY. Huzzah!

Canadian weddings

I'd love to shoot a summer wedding at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Canadians, this special offer is for you! My mother-in-law and her family built a log cabin on Lac-Eqerre near St-Jovite. By hand. In the snow. I'm half kidding, but really, my mother-in-law remembers stripping the bark off the wood logs that form the cabin's exterior walls as a little girl. It's pretty much my happy place, especially since the nearby resort town was developed, bringing a Norwegian spa and a microbrewery within a fifteen-minute drive. :)

Maybe you met at the Mont Tremblant while skiing and are planning a summer wedding in 2012 or 2013? I fantasize about having a bride (or two) brave enough to jump in the lake in her dress. See this dock?

It's totally shallow enough that you won't drown in a wet dress if you take a flying leap right there; I checked. (I've spent a lot of time thinking about this.)

For you Canadian brides, I'm offering the regular 10% discount, plus I'm waiving the international travel fee and throwing in a free trash the dress session that ends at the lake.

Pyromaniacs or those who have circus skills

My shutter finger is itching to shoot any celebration involving fire-hooping, fire-spinning, poi or flaming batons of any kind. Were you as blown away by this wedding as I was?

I shot this picture, above, as part of an engagement session in June, and this one, below, using a photography technique called "light graffiti."

That would be my husband having a light saber battle against… himself. (We're geeks.) Anyway, I'd love to use my long-exposure, light graffiti skills with a fire-inclined couple couple. Or stilts. Stilts would be cool.

If you're planning something like this for your wedding, I'm willing to take 15% off the total photography package and throw in an extra session where you can show off the full extent of your pyromania or circus skills.

Winter weddings

From hot to cold! I'm totally psyched about January and February weddings. The possibilities are endless for New Year's, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras-themed inspiration weddings. Heck, Groundhog's Day or Alice-in-Wonderland-in-January would work, too.

You choose: couples getting married in January or February get 15% off and a free session OR 20% off your total package. (I still have some openings in 2012, though space is limited. 2013 couples are also encouraged to get in touch.)

Saving the best for last!

New York finally legalized gay marriage! I've photographed same-sex weddings in Massachusetts and Connecticut, but I've yet to shoot couples close to home!

New Yorkers, (or couples who live elsewhere but are getting married here), celebrate and save! The first couple to book saves 20% off their total package price.

Not planning a Canadian, Ren Faire-themed, fire-infused, winter wedding to your same-sex partner? That's okay! The first Offbeat Lite couple to mention this entry and book with a contract and deposit saves 15%. Everyone else can still click here to save 10%, same as always.

  1. I have nothing to add except Angie is awesome and I am super excited that she is shooting my wedding next year. And now I am just sad that I don't have any awesome fire skills for her to document.

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  2. We probably have what you're looking for, but we are Aussies. So that doesn't help you much. :)

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  3. Angie is fantastic! She made everyone at my wedding this past summer feel at ease, and captured so many beautiful shots! From engagement photos to our actual wedding, my husband and I absolutely loved working with her. She is an extremely talented photographer and an absolutely wonderful person.

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  4. Angie is a phenomenal photographer, whether you are having an artsy, hip wedding or just a simple traditional one. Mine was pretty classic, in theme and content and photos. But she did a wonderful job of meeting our needs, making our guests comfortable, and capturing all of our love and excitement. She works tirelessly to make you happy. She simply will not accept less than the best for you or your photos.
    Thanks, Angie, once again for everything you have given to me and my family. I get to treasure it for the rest of my life. Rarely do you receive a gift so special.

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  5. Aw, thanks everyone! You guys are the best. Erica- I too am sad that I do not have any awesome fire skills. Maybe we can find someone to give us lessons? :) And Fate- I've been to Australia twice and loved it! If I win the lottery and fly myself over there, you'll be the first to know. Happy planning!

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  6. Awww…. too bad my own wedding is so far away in May 2013.

    I'm just starting to pin down a venue, but my FH and I are a medieval-inspired (not all out Renaissance Faire, although lately there's been some talk of eloping that way) and fire spinning/breathing couple.

    I would LOVE to do some of the renaissance venues named, unfortunately they just aren't in our budget (sigh). We'll have to find a hardwood venue with exposed beams and have our groomsmen peacetie their swords.

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    • Congrats on your engagement, Faye! I hear ya-t hat's partly why these are venues I aspire to work in. I actually think that a fire-spinning couple may be the hardest for me to find, so please keep me in mind. The discounts are first come, first served. If you aren't ready to book a photographer for several months, and no one else has come forward, I will honor it. You never know. :) Enjoy your planning; the inspiration-gathering stage was my favorite part.

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      • Angie – Oh I gotcha, as a hobby photographer. Oheka is absolutely stunning.

        Great to know. We're still settling a venue, on the fact finding a venue that might allow spinning is so difficult on LI.

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  7. Small note! The New York Renaissance Faire is in Tuxedo, NY, not Tuxedo Junction.

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    • Click the Editz button at the end of the post to submit the correction!

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  8. This post makes me want to get married all over again just so we could do something crazy for Angie to shoot! But, I can say she did an AMAZING job at our vanilla wedding — which did have its own challenges, like 150 people doing the hora at the same time, and she managed it like a dream. We just had our first anniversary and looked through the photos, and we couldn't be happier with her work.

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  9. I have to add my love of Angie, she shot my steampunk wedding last October and the pictures are amazing! My husband and I took a lot of time adding all these little steampunk details to things and Angie found creative ways to capture all of them. She's very talented and just a delight to be around.

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  10. I'll be getting married….but not in mnt Tremblant I'll be getting married on Toronto Island August 2012, lol interested?

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  11. Angie –

    I'm one half of a lesbian couple getting married in NY (NYC Metro Area) next fall! I just sent you a message via your website.

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  12. Way to go NY…Rainbow Pride!!! Wish Ohio would do the same.

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  13. Love it! Too bad I already have a photog for my NY January unseelie fae themed wedding!

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      • Thanks! We're pretty excited about it!
        Love the Celtic Medieval theme, we did a Celtic theme for our little, in the middle of the woods hand-fasting :)

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  14. I am getting married in Vegas coming over with all our family from England in Jan, need a good photographer! x

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    • Hi Katie,

      Email me! :) I'd love to chat with you about what you're planning!
      Best,
      Angie

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  15. I wish you were in Chicago….we are having a Celtic Medieval wedding theme. :)

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  16. Yay!! I wish all photographers were as awesome as you!! I'll keep you in mind for the future :D

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