Colorado's Carrie Swails Photography is your ticket to geeky, quirky, and rockin' photo bliss

By on Nov. 21st


Couples in Colorado: meet your new photographer best friend. Want to know why? Because this chick is a full-on Lord of the Rings-loving, too many dogs-owning (or can there be too many?), Simon Pegg-quoting, awkward pose-hating, ultra rad photographer who totally embraces ALL your offbeat quirks. I'm talking about Denver- and Boulder-based Carrie Swails Photography.

We've talked about her before, and we already know that Tribesmaids and readers love her. Now you get to meet her and see if she's your wedding photographer match. I have a feeling she just might be.

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Ruche's cutie-cute wedding shoes

By on Nov. 21st

Valentine Pumps By B.A.I.T. Footwear

We all know I loves me some Modcloth, but today I want to poke around in's collection of shoes.

The joy of Rouche is that their shoes are definitely focused on the more affordable side of things. I've got shoes ranging from $30 up to about $150 — but there are no $2300 designer heels here. (Of note for my budget brides: Ruche has a whole section of affordable shoes under $50.)

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Jess & Mac's LEGO-tastic museum wedding

By on Nov. 21st


The Offbeat Bride: Jess, Quality Engineer (and Offbeat Bride member)

Her offbeat partner: Mac, Structural Engineer

Date and location of wedding: The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA — May 31, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: By the time we walked down the aisle, we'd have been together for over a decade. Needless to say, everyone was expecting this for a VERY long time, so we wanted to make sure it was memorable for them… and worth the wait! Using a relatively new, local museum helped us support our favorite city and show off our love of engineering, while incorporating LEGO in every way possible gave us a fun way to take the dorkiness to another level. LEGO also allowed me to get creative… like buying tubs of it off of Craigslist, washing them in my bathtub, and letting them dry for three days on our kitchen floor (dangerous stuff) before building decor with them. I also really wanted to support small businesses, so I used Etsy for as much as I could: all of the guys' cufflinks, my bridesmaids' gifts, our ketubah, and even my wedding dress (which had pockets!).

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Got a thing for guys with long hair? Come gawk at 20 different grooms with 20 different styles!

By on Nov. 20th

We give a lot of love to the looks of our Offbeat Brides — I mean, we've got archives full of posts about birdcage veils and fascinators and nonfloral bouquets — so it's totally time to give some limelight to our grooms too. This week, let's respect the hair, man, and admire 20 ways our grooms rock their gorgeous, long hair. (And don't forget to click on the photos to see the rest of their weddings!)

Twenty grooms not enough? You've gotta check out the rest of the archive of our long-haired dudes. And pssst, while you're there… we've got a groom gear archive where our fellows show off the rest of their awesome wedding looks.

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How to paint your wedding flats on the cheap and nerdy

Guestpost by ErynnBaby on Nov. 20th

DIY TARDIS shoes process

Right after we got engaged, my fabulous future sister-in-law/bridesmaid/soulmate (who we shall call Doc because she's totally a Ph.D. and I love her!) gifted me a pair of TARDIS-blue suede heels that she bought online and didn't fit her/couldn't return. They fit me perfectly, and I decided to wear them for the wedding.

Cue booking a completely outdoor venue. Cue me remembering that I've had two knee surgeries in the last four years, and I'm technically not supposed to wear heels. Cue me realizing that what I really needed was two pairs of shoes: my heels for the ceremony and flats for the reception.

I really wanted to keep in the nerdy vibe that I had going, so I began searching for Doctor Who or Star Wars shoes that were cute and not more than $50. Yeah, I know… I'm dreaming.

So instead I bought a pair of shoes from Payless (on sale for $17.99 with a coupon) and decided to paint them. Here's my step-by-step guide to painting my shoes…

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April & Dennis' glam '70s festival meets London street food wedding

By on Nov. 20th
Jennifer Langridge - Wedding Photography


The Offbeat Bride: April, Self-Employed

Her offbeat partner: Dennis, IT Engineer

Date and location of wedding: Rockwell House, London, England — August 16, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We have been together for 10 years and never saw ourselves doing the traditional wedding thing. We really just wanted a big party and to get as many of our friends and family as possible together in one place. Being from New Zealand and America respectively, and having lived together in both Amsterdam and now London, this is a big ask. I also felt pretty strongly about leaving behind all of the patriarchal traditions usually associated with mainstream weddings.

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4 sad-but-true reasons to turn your wedding pics into OMG REAL LIFE ACTUAL photo prints

Guestpost by Dustin Cantrell on Nov. 19th

You might remember wedding photographer Dustin Cantrell from when we interviewed him about New York wedding photography. Now he's back to remind us all about why we should care about photo prints…

Photo[s] by Dustin Cantrell

Photos by Dustin Cantrell

As a wedding photographer, I hear these two statements all of the time: "We aren't worried about prints right now" or, "We will order prints after the wedding."

The truth is most couples never get around to having their wedding photos printed because life just takes over and you end up putting it off until you completely forget about it. Here's why you should think about going through the pain-in-the-ass process of turning that convenient USB drive into real-life wedding prints…

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Drool over one last spooky wedding of the season with a corpse bride from Pennsylvania!

By on Nov. 19th

Okay, yes, we're moving away from the season of skeletons and spooks, BUT. I owe it to you all to show you this one last spooky glam wedding! Crissa made for an awesome corpse bride when she and TJ got married earlier this fall. She styled her own look — thanks in part to her grandmother's wedding dress, a skirt of her own, and some choice accessories from Lovechild Boudoir. TJ absolutely kept up with his own Victorian corpse groom costume, and Crissa's daughter joined in the fashion fun as a sparkly princess. A walking stick for TJ, a bouquet of dried roses for Crissa, and hand tattoos for both instead of rings completed the whole ensemble.

Where better to show off a fabulous Victorian look than one of the oldest neighborhoods in the US? Before heading off to their ceremony, Crissa and TJ strutted their stuff in Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (I love the photo of Crissa cat-walking toward some colonial-period re-enactors).

Following their wedding in a retro bowling alley, the reception included details like bottles of Love Potion No. 9, guests in elaborate costumes, and sparklers with glittery matchboxes as favors. Make sure you eyeball that ghostly cake too! Then pause to appreciate a very sexy cake feeding. Take notes, y'all. That's the way to do it.

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Kelly & Jacob's retro carnival wedding

By on Nov. 19th
Kelly & Jacob's Wedding


The Offbeat Bride: Kelly, hairstylist

Her offbeat partner: Jacob, support worker

Date and location of wedding: Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — August 15, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I have always had a thing for carnivals. When we thought about our dream wedding, the traditional options just didnt seem like us. I stumbled onto carnival weddings on Pinterest and went nuts from there. Most of my items were custom made on Etsy, such as the pinwheels, backdrop curtain, many more. I spent a year and a half collecting items that could play out the theme. It was so great to be creative.

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5 engagement rings and gift options from Brilliant Earth that'll tease your palate and please your partner

By on Nov. 18th

Who's proposing this winter? Anyone? Raise your hands (only if your partner isn't in the room with you). Do you wanna see some fantastic proposal fodder from our longtime sponsor Brilliant Earth? Sure, you could just click on our hand-dandy rings tab to be taken down the rabbit hole of wedding ring awesomeness, but let us curate a little collection to tease your palate first.

We're talking simply-gorgeous solitaires to rings and pendants that scream "sparkle all the things!" Come let's play in a sparkly wonderland of conflict-free bling

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