The Offbeat Bride: Amanda, freelance artist
Her offbeat partner: Lee, business intelligence analyst
Date and location of wedding: Green River Community College in Auburn, WA — April 26, 2014
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I always wanted a fairy tale wedding. But while I love princesses, that's just not my style. So we had a somewhat different story: "Once upon a time, a knight in shining armor fell in love with a beautiful dragon." As soon as I thought of that phrase, I knew exactly how things should look, and the illustration for our invitations was the first thing I created. I've always wanted to be a dragon!
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So there I was on Twitter, minding my own business, and in my stream of endless data, this picuture of John Legend and his amazing silver shoes pops up, posted by DefinitiveTech. I was immediately like,
The Offbeat Bride: Mihaela, Software tester, Photographer
Her offbeat partner: Dimitar (Mitko), Hardware engineer
Date and location of wedding: Vega Hotel, Stara Sofia Restaurant, Sofia, Bulgaria — March 15, 2014
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I wanted a small wedding, but Mitko wanted a big one. So we split our wedding in two parts. The first part was the official ceremony in the city hall on March 14th, and we invited just our families. I didn't want a traditional white dress so my mother suggested a crocheted one. I fell in love with the idea! I wanted a crocheted tie for Mitko with the same elements, but my friend who made the dress didn't have the time, so she crocheted three hearts for me, Mitko, and our baby, and sewed them onto a tie.
I love Art Nouveau. So we've been making DIY Art Nouveau book invitations, with the help of a very talented friend, who owns an old letterpress.
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Chelle and Dave's wedding at Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel may look all glitz and glamour, but we got the inside scoop about the nerdiness that lurked below. (Thanks, Naturally Yours Events!) A good friend officiated the wedding, and guests filled out crossword-puzzle programs. A game-loving couple, Chelle and Dave sprinkled lots of other much-beloved faves throughout their wedding and reception. Keep your eyes peeled for LEGO and '80s movies references.
Of course, you'll want to take note of the non-nerdy details too. Chelle's brooch bouquet is full of heirloom pieces pitched in by family members. And that delectable-looking s'mores bar? I was told the couple's signature s'more was built with champagne marshmallows, raspberry dark chocolate, and gingersnap cookies.
The Offbeat Bride: Courtney, Travel Biz Sales and Marketing
Her offbeat partner: Sam, History Student
Date and location of wedding: City Park Pavilion, Denver, CO — June 28, 2014
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding had a lower budget, at least for the average Denver wedding. It was really important to us that everything be bright and colorful since I love bright colors. We are also both huge hip-hop and soul/R&B fans, so we wanted to include that element as well.
Post-engagement happiness, pre-bridal show horrors.
Shortly after my engagement, a friend who was also planning a wedding gently dragged me to a big bridal show in Atlanta. I knew it wouldn't be the most exciting experience for me. While we didn't have many things planned at the time, we definitely knew it was going to be a little untraditional. We know we weren't getting married in a church, we'd have a mixed-gender bridal party, and a big poofy dress was simply NOT happening. Plus, our budget was small. Not mainstream bridal magazine small — like, actually small.
Still, I figured what's the harm? Maybe I'll find a booth that inspires me. Maybe it'll be a little fun, expand my horizons. Maybe there'd even be free champagne?
There was no free champagne. And it wasn't fun. I will say that my friend had a fabulous time. This show was perfect for the dream wedding she had in mind. And of course I was happy to see her face light up at the booths. But it wasn't my thing. More than that, it left me some major knots in my stomach. It almost ruined the magic of wedding planning for me.
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Festooned with leis, Max and Tina got married on an honest-to-goodness Hawaiian mountaintop last summer. Pahana Estate is tucked away in the small village of Huelo on Maui, complete with bamboo forests and sweeping ocean panorama. Cozy, right? The couple's Chinese heritage is evident everywhere, from the table decor, to the cutely tiny wedding cake (adorned with mini bride and groom!), to their stunning reception outfits. Check it out: we got a closeup of the embellishments on Tina's bright red top and skirt. I am really digging the contrast between her elaborate look (the shoes, y'all, THE SHOES) and Max's stark black jacket.
The Offbeat Bride: Carlee, Assistant Manager for a specialty foods department (and Tribesmaid)
Her offbeat partner: Daniel, Assistant Manager of a produce department
Date and location of wedding: Stan Mansion, Chicago, IL — May 16, 2014
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We decided on a Firefly rustic chic theme, and incorporated Joss Whedon's Firefly into our wedding as well as firefly mason jars. Daniel grew up on a farm and I grew up in the suburbs. We both live in Chicago now, so we miss being closer to nature.
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