You guys, we all know I'm a sucker for reader photos of folks with my book, but this one has extra special meaning for me because Emily, the bride pictured, explained: "I've been taking your advice since the Lotus Magazine days. My wedding planning wouldn't have been nearly as fun without you."
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I don't know if you've noticed, but we have a special tag called Steal This Idea! Which means, clearly, we love offering up great wedding ideas for you to take, run with, and make your own. But, apart from noticing them in real wedding profiles, we never really get to know how many of you actually DO steal those ideas.
That's why it was so awesome to read this "thank you" note from Australian Tribesmaid Jass…
Ariel shares the latest Offbeat Empire news, including the weird posts that sometimes show up under "Related Posts," and what our next two websites are going to be.
When an "awkward family photo" is actually an AWESOME family photo that includes the Legend of Zelda and some amazing outfits.
"I am very very very happy that I am not getting married pre-Offbeat Bride. I looked at a bridal magazine today and, instead of it intimidating me or making me feel bad about my wedding choices, it looked boring and dated. Where are the coloured dress options? Where are the rocking grooms? Where are the excellent budget options for the recession bride? Where are the wicked cool flower alternatives? They aren't there."
Ariel weighs in with answers about why she doesn't sell t-shirts any more, and why the Offbeat Bride Tribe is the biggest mistake she ever made.
Ariel answers reader questions about additional Offbeat websites, coffee table books, freelancing, and how to become a successful blogger.
My favorite thing about Offbeat Bride is that it promotes a positive attitude about body image by representing ALL shapes, heights, weights, and shoe sizes. You celebrate the body without focusing on it alone, but instead, treat it as a canvas of expression, a place to grow babies, a physical means of connecting with your loved ones, etc.
"My partner of six years officially proposed last weekend! Hooray! And the very first thing I did was BUY THE BOOK! I just got it yesterday and have been burning through it and already there is advice in there about engagement and rings that I have found SO helpful and reassuring."