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The surprising ways I'm using Instagram to plan a wedding

A lot has changed since I planned a wedding eight years ago. Mostly… Instagram's existence. It's my favorite social media platform, for keeping up with friends and sharing my own life. But it's also been surprisingly helpful for wedding planning!

Have you checked out any wedding tags on Instagram? The #offbeatbride hashtag itself will send you down an endless rabbit hole of wedding inspiration. In a few seconds I went from scrolling, to clicking on a cool looking dress and discovering a new designer…

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Why I'm keeping my wedding photos to myself (& off social media!)

Inviting people to your wedding who take blurry camera phone pictures of your first dance and your cake cutting and then put them on Facebook is the first lesson in wedding humility, letting your vanity go in cringe-inducing waves of overly indulgent boob shots and bad camera angles. The thing is, though, that I don't owe my social media community anything more than that. After all, I am just a normal, average person. Our most extraordinary day was a mere blip on my newsfeed map, but for me, it was so much more than that; it was the start to a lifelong journey of which I can only hope to be nothing but happiness.

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Grab a tissue: this LGBT Disneyland engagement with a story needs it

Ohana Photographers' David got to shoot the Disneyland engagement session of his own daughter, April, and her partner Mariah. This is awesome and magical in itself, but he also wrote a pretty rad manifesto about it here. I couldn't stop myself from stealing two little excerpts for you guys to enjoy, too. So read, grab a tissue, and then get to enjoying the sweet Disney-fied engagement of these two ladies.

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Why two independent, liberal feminists chose the flawed institution of marriage

I never wanted to get married. Marriage is an incredibly flawed social system. Growing up, I identified with intrepid Jo March, whimsical Anne Shirley, and adventurous Laura Ingalls. I liked how independent they were, how imaginative, how grandly themselves. When each of my heroines tied the knot, I felt inexplicably disappointed. Marriage's past is smattered with values we reject. But marriage also has a future, with opportunity for change. Is this an institution with of we want to be a part? What inspired two young, marriage-shy independents to happily enter into an engagement?