Over a year ago, I reached out to Offbeat Bride readers in the hope that I would find specific kinds of offbeat couples whose vision for their wedding photography matched my own. I'm telling you… I asked, and you all answered, big time! The response was amazing.
Here are some of my favorite photographs that resulted from my collaborations with Offbeat Bride readers, AND I'm up for doing it again (with discounts to sweeten the deal!). So keep reading, especially if you're sports fans, band geeks, Burners, Canadian, kinksters, or even Offbeat Lite…
First, I wanted to find a Canadian couple getting married in August in the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Quebec near my family's cabin on Lac Eqerre (just minutes from the resort at Mont Tremblant). Claire emailed me about an hour after my post went up. Here's the sneak peek from their event. There was much offbeat goodness at their DIY backyard wedding, from a beer tent to a brooch bouquet and a birdcage veil.
I'm offering this same deal again, for anyone getting married within an hour of Mont Tremblant between August 1-14, 2013. You'll save 20%, and I'm waiving the travel fee. This offer is good for engagement sessions as well, so if you fell in love on the slopes, come see me on the lake this summer!
When my Offbeat Bride post went up last year, gay marriage had just been made legal in New York — so I offered my deal to Elizabeth and Carol, a same-sex couple getting married nearby. The fact that Mr. Met made an appearance at Elizabeth and Carol's reception was just a kickass bonus!
So, let's kick this theme up a notch! Couples who get married in a MLB or NFL Stadium save 20%. Not going that big? I was a band geek for seven years in high school and college…. I'd love to shoot any love-infused event with a high school band, glee club, or mascot appearance. I once shot a high school football coach getting married on the 50-yard-line with his team captains and mascot in attendance (which is partly while Carol and Elizabeth picked me, I think.) Sports fans, band geeks and gleeks: inspire me.
I also wanted to find a Ren Faire couple…. and Faye and Mike booked right away! In fact, they booked so far in advance that their wedding hasn't happened yet, but we had an amazing engagement session at the New York Faire this summer. Check out their sneak peek on the blog for some seriously badass hula-hooping-in-garb action. The only thing was, some health concerns and Faire regulations prevented us from doing some fire-breathing and fire-spinning at our session. (Fingers crossed that the wedding venue will allow it!) So, I'm still on the hunt for a couple like this one. In fact, the first Burning Man/Burner Without Borders couple to book saves 20%.
One of the other couples who booked last time was Christine and Derek. Christine and Derek embody the spirit of the Offbeat Bride community better than perhaps any other couple I've ever shot. Blue hair? Check. Rainbow colors? Check. DIY/Gamer/Harry Potter geekery/zombies? Check, check, check, and check.
But what made their wedding truly special for me was their boyfriend, Treyson. I wrote all about how and why Christine, Derek and Treyson's polyamorous triad moved me so deeply here, but what this really means is that I get to show you the first "first look" moment I've ever shot where first the groom sees the bride…
…and then they both see their partner.
In short, I am unshockable. Poly couples, kinksters, Burlesque dancers, LaVeyan Satanists, and vampire subculturists doing bloodlettings have come my way because of Offbeat Bride. Worried that you'd be judged by a vendor because of your lifestyle? Get in touch, let your unique flag fly, and save 20%.
However, I still have love for my Offbeat Lite homegirls, having been one myself. (Gasp! I had a flower dog and a conflict-free opal instead of a diamond!) Sometimes I go home from my clients' weddings and think, "I'm so vanilla!" Okay, so I'm vanilla with rainbow sprinkles. If you are too, that's cool…
Angelika and Phil had a Catholic mass, Polish and Italian traditions, and a white wedding cake, although they did have rainbow uplighting at their golf club reception. She also carried him on to the dance floor for their first dance. Offbeat-lite Brides are bad-ass, too.
In summary, the first couples to book in each category save 20%:
- Canadian Discount: Couples getting married (or wanting an engagement session) within a 1-hour drive of Mont Tremblant between August 1-14, 2013.
- Sports Fan Discount: Couples getting married in a major league sports stadium or rocking out with a mascot, marching band, glee club, or similar.
- Burner Discount: Couples incorporating fireplay or Burning Man-style fire installations.
- Unshockable Discount: Anyone fearing judgment for living a lifestyle others might find "shocking."
- Vanilla with Rainbow Sprinkles Discount: The first Offbeat Lite couple to book with a contract and deposit.
All other offbeat couples save 10%, always.