Jennifer and Abdoulaye are truly an international couple: she hails from the States and he's from Guinea, and they met while working in Mali. A coup d'état in the country led to Jennifer moving back home, and their relationship blossomed thanks to Skype and long-distance phone calls. Once reunited in the US they quickly eloped, and hosted a wedding a few months later at the Virginia Zoo.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of posts by Stephanie Kaloi.
I am the former editor of Offbeat Families, and owner/photographer at Stephanie Kaloi Photography in Portland, OR. I also spend a fair bit of time blogging here. We can be BFFs on Twitter and Google+.
You know what you rarely see on wedding gowns? SLEEVES! Sure, you can always find a nice bolero or lacy jacket to pair with your strapless dress to give the illusion of sleeves, but finding a gown with the sleeves already attached isn't always the easiest task. I've found seven inexpensive options that are pretty sweet, including the saucy knee-length number above that's just begging to be danced in.
Jinger and Calvin got married completely off the grid. Instead of staying in their hometown of New York, they traveled to the southern jungles of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The rugged conditions matched the Lost-themed day, as there were no power or phone lines and everything from the save the dates to the bridal party's entrance music included nods to the television series. Play and relaxation ruled the day, as guests signed Jenga tiles instead of a guestbook, played board games, and relaxed at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in between wedding events.
Lin and Philip's wedding had one theme: ORANGE. The color dominated everything from their sneakers (yes, they both wore sneakers!) and wardrobe details to the candy-laden dessert table. Those aren't the only sweet details: Lin carried a bouquet made entirely from Dum Dums and Philip donned a boutonniere to match. Their dog Hannah served as a key player throughout the day, and a tarot reader performed a reading during the ceremony. Speaking of Hannah, wait until you see the super cute hands-and-paws family photo the three of them took during the reception.
For those about to rock: here's some rock 'n' roll wedding inspiration for you! Ant and Alana met while playing in different local rock bands, and they managed to include a lot of fun music-heavy details in their wedding day. As you can see in the video, each member of the bridal party walked into the ceremony to the rock song of his or her choice — think Madonna, Led Zeppelin, and Prince. Guests were given customized guitar pick wedding favors, and floral centerpieces were ditched in favor of numbered albums. Vinyl fans, get ready: the record-shaped wedding cake looks incredible!
Brian and Chris planned and supervised every single detail of their two-and-a-half-day-long wedding celebration at Camp Westwind. The two took their chances with the unpredictable coastal weather and lucked into a gorgeous sunny day that accented the cheery details, like bright pink and yellow floral centerpieces and the rainbow equality flags hung on a building. Their dog Callisto served double duty as ring bearer and sole wedding party member. The semi-religious ceremony included all of their parents and siblings. Mustachioed table numbers tucked inside wine glasses were in used in lieu of a seating chart, and there was plenty of local Oregon cheese to go around!
Serge and Ely wed in Pennsylvania at the Abington Art Center, which proved to be a most excellent backdrop for their vintage and goth-friendly wedding day. The bridesmaids were decked out in mismatched purple gowns, the groomsmen (and officiant!) donned top hats, and an adorable owl and beaver topped their cake. If you're a fan of costumes, you'll totally dig the unicorn mask that the bride and groom took turns wearing during the reception. Thanks to Offbeat Bride vendor Fun and Funky Wedding Photography for sending these our way!