Remember our North Carolina-based sponsors Carolyn Scott Photography? We gave you three reasons to book them for your wedding, and you listened! Thanks for that, y'all… it's because of you that we get to gawk at some amaze-balls wedding photos, like that up one up there. How adorable is that wedding portrait!?
From cats and dogs and wedding dresses, to a bridal party photo that looks like it should be in a vintage magazine ad. Let's gawk at some more of our favorite Carolyn Scott Photography wedding photos…
OMG you guys, DEVIATION! For the first time since 2011, I'm doing a Friday post not about shoes… but about CLUTCHES. Some friends gave me an adorable little mini-purse clutch thing as a wedding day gift, but since I had an outdoor freakfest run around in ribbon falls dancing in the groves kind of wedding, I didn't really use it. This missed opportunity gives me a perfect excuse to ogle the clutches that might have been… had I clutched a clutch, and clutched.
As always, these prices range from "Oh cute, buy one for each of your bridesmaids" to "What, that's my entire wedding budget, ha ha, but wow that thing is amazing." Also, you do get a very romantic and cute bonus shoe.
The Offbeat Bride: Kathy, charity worker, pom pom enthusiast, and cider lover
Her offbeat partner: Jon, recruitment legend and knight in shining armour
Date and location of wedding: Orchard in Somerset, UK — September 7, 2013
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Jon and I are both big socialisers, with a love of food, booze, music, and people, so we wanted to reflect that in the wedding. At the church, cookies and Prosecco were served on entry by the bridesmaids, who also handed out glow bands to all the guests. They would give their glow band to either one of us, thus ensuring that we got to socialize with everyone by the end of the night.
Improve your wedding with junk mail confetti! (photo by ADoseofShipBoy)
I don't know why I thought I could fly under the Wedding Industrial Complex's radar in regards to wedding planning. With my marketing and public relations background, I really should have known that once I started calling vendors, my name would wind up on someone's mailing list. Such lists rarely remain private and often companies will share (or more likely, sell) their lists to other companies.
For the last several weeks, I have been receiving regular junk mail from my area's WIC staple vendors. Travel brochures to sun-drenched beaches proclaiming honeymoon specials, pamphlets for venues with all-inclusive packages that are three times my budget, postcards from wedding dress boutiques toting the latest trunk sale, an entire guide for "local" vendors (90 minutes north of me) which I did not sign up for.
I get about one piece of this type of mail per day now, and my wedding is still eight months away! Unlike email spam, there is no easy link to click to unsubscribe to these mailings, either. […Or is there?! -Eds]
It'd be funny if these things weren't so appallingly counter to my tastes…
Elise and Dick are big fans of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Battlestar Galactica. They wove their fandoms into a delightfully geeky tapestry, including decorating in Lannister red and yellow, hanging banners with iconography from the films and TV shows, and using blue and purple dragons as tabletop decor. Elise even donned a knee-length Lannister red wedding gown!
Of course, no wedding is complete with bringing your pet guinea pig (named Amadeus) out for a few portraits…
The Offbeat Bride: Megan, Digital Marketing
Her offbeat partner: Jason, Quality Assurance Tester
Date and location of wedding: Log Cabin at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA — September 29, 2013
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding was a Twin Peaks-themed wedding. Yep, the crazy David Lynch TV series. Our favors were Double R Diner coffee cups, donuts, and a candy box that looked like Dale Cooper's Sony Tape recorder. We even had two photo booths with "The Black Lodge" and "Miss Twin Peaks" backdrop!
Got wedding guests willing to lend a hand? (Photo by photo by Marty Takagawa)
There are a million reasons why someone offering to help out at your wedding will actually cause more hindrance than help. Distance, time, ability… whatever.
These people are offering their help because they care about you and want your day to be as awesome as possible. So what's the best way to graciously accept their help while minimizing frustrations and/or pulling your hair out?
(Un)fortunately, personal wedding experience has allowed me to offer these tips:
Work in bulk
I've seen some Offbeat Brides host crafting nights, and I think those are great. Getting people together to finish tasks allows you to see the final product and (hopefully) get a bunch done while hanging out with awesome people! Which brings me to…
Tera and Ryan recently wed near downtown San Diego, California, and had pink details everywhere — the flowers, the bride's glittery shoes, even the seating chart and wedding favors were all rose-hued! These two found a way to include a dash of the unexpected throughout the day, like using a neon pink megaphone to hold programs and decorating a guitar case with written ceremony instructions for their guests. And just WAIT until you see the skull-and-earthworm covered groom's cake…
The Offbeat Bride: Mari-Anne, Substitute Teacher
Her offbeat partner: Larry, Teacher
Date and location of wedding: Loree Chapel and The Lodge at Schooley's Mtn. Park, Long Valley, NJ — October 12, 2013
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: This was not my first time around the wedding block, but it was for Larry. I wanted almost nothing traditional as I had done that already. The most important things to us were that our day expressed who we are, that our friends and family have fun, that we have fun, and that we included most of our interests. Thus was born "LarryAnne's Big Fat Pagan Handfasting" with an enchanted forest theme, complete with costumes. Most of our guests did play along and wore costumes fitting the theme.