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A REAL rainbow totally blessed this same sex engagement shoot

Are you kidding me with this serendipity? William and Rob were taking engagement photos around downtown Omaha when they ran across this gorgeous fountain with sunlight hitting it just right. SO right that it cast a practically perfect in every way REAL rainbow. Come on, this is adorable. I'm going double rainbow wild over here. Okay, maybe not that wild (that was pretty flippin' wild, if you remember), but it is pretty rad.

We've got rainbow heart eyes for these two and their real rainbow engagement. Let's see if you do, too…

Food festival-inspired finger foods for your wedding menu

I recently went to a big food festival featuring the best restaurants in LA. Because it was a festival, all the bites were of the finger food variety. And, because of my job, I couldn't help but think "these would be great at a wedding!"

So, fellow Offbeat Foodies, here are my food festival-inspired finger foods that would be perfect for weddings…

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Why it's totally okay to plan a wedding your way… even when you're told otherwise

When I asked Brian to marry me, tranquil and quiet energy swirled around us. In all the perfection that this was for us, I didn't expect the whirlwind that would come — the questions, assumptions, unsolicited advice, and all the "good things" that go along with an engagement in two large and loving families. Our quiet serenity on that beach on Toronto island slipped away from me so fast, I went looking for it in all the wrong places.

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Food festival-inspired finger foods for your wedding menu

I recently went to a big food festival featuring the best restaurants in LA. Because it was a festival, all the bites were of the finger food variety. And, because of my job, I couldn't help but think "these would be great at a wedding!"

So, fellow Offbeat Foodies, here are my food festival-inspired finger foods that would be perfect for weddings…

Balloons gone chic: giant balloon wedding decor for your reception

Okay I know… balloons are for kid's parties, right? But what if I told you that balloons can totally be adult chic? Just take a peek at these huge 36-inch balloons with gorgeous tassels that you can use as wall decor, a ceremony backdrop, a candy buffet backdrop, or as in the case here, reception chair decor. It's like channeling childhood AND keeping it super classy.

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Collect your jaw from the floor after this jewel-toned cocktail reception

Vintage goblets and accessories on the bar cart, a red velvet couch with a gold backdrop, rich, dramatic florals, and a lush rug to create a luxe sitting area — this jewel-toned cocktail reception styled shoot with Jessica and David totally captures the essence of bright colors. David's suit was custom-made for him in Thailand, and the personalized invitation suite was hand-painted by the photographer, who is also an artist (holy talent, Batman!).

Let's ogle the rich colors and puppy cuddles and be inspired, my friends…

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A REAL rainbow totally blessed this same sex engagement shoot

Are you kidding me with this serendipity? William and Rob were taking engagement photos around downtown Omaha when they ran across this gorgeous fountain with sunlight hitting it just right. SO right that it cast a practically perfect in every way REAL rainbow. Come on, this is adorable. I'm going double rainbow wild over here. Okay, maybe not that wild (that was pretty flippin' wild, if you remember), but it is pretty rad.

We've got rainbow heart eyes for these two and their real rainbow engagement. Let's see if you do, too…

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This satyr cosplay engagement brings serious magic to our Renaissance-loving hearts

Janee and Bill love all things Renaissance, and in unique fashion, Bill proposed to Janee at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. They also love cosplay and Janee creates all of their costuming herself, including these amazing satyr costumes for this year's Ren fest. On the opening weekend of the festival, Bill proposed with a gorgeous leaf silhouette ring.

For this satyr cosplay engagement session, they capitalized on all her hard work by spending the evening at Fountain Creek Nature Center, south of Colorado Springs. The pair passed out wildflower seeds to passersby and stole our nerdy hearts in the process. If THIS is their engagement session, what will their wedding bring? No pressure, guys…

A parachuting ceremony exit at this wedding on a cliff in Portugal!

Helena and André's luminous pop-up wedding at the Cliffs of Peniche, Portugal had to swap locations at the last minute due to high winds, but the show must go on. And by show, I mean a FLYING SHOW. The ceremony was surrounded by parachuting high-flyers and the pair joined them in the air after it was done. Talk about a show-stopping ceremony exit. Let's take a look at this hot-as-hell couple and their wind-blown yet fabulous parachuting ceremony.

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Don't miss the costumes, Simpsons cufflinks, and bum shots at this creepy Halloween wedding

Can you tell we're already excited about Halloween?! This Elmwood Zoo Halloween wedding with Laura and Chris was a spooky wedding of creeptastic proportions. Guests arrived in costume (with awards at the reception!).

Let's explore all of the creepy details including the Simpsons reference cufflinks, black and white gown, squee-worthy purple bridesmaids dresses, skull centerpieces… until death do us part.

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Fuck the bud: The secret to how to pin a boutonniere perfectly every time

Unless you went a butt-ton of proms, or been a groomsman in every wedding, you probably have no idea how to properly pin a flower on to yourself or someone else. I would watch from behind my camera and everyone stumbled around, trying to find that ONE person who knew what to do.

But now you will, because I discovered the secret trick to pinning the perfect floral boutonniere every dang time…

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DIY? KIFS (Keep It Fucking Simple): simplifying wedding DIY projects

Moving my stash of wedding craft supplies and projects over to my mother's house today, I had a frightening, important realization: I have too much DIY shit for this wedding. Today, however, I realized that I have too much. I am trying to do too much. In my excitement, I have thrifted too many treasures and planned too many DIY projects for this wedding. Here's how I'm simplifying wedding DIY projects on my list.

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Why it's totally okay to plan a wedding your way… even when you're told otherwise

When I asked Brian to marry me, tranquil and quiet energy swirled around us. In all the perfection that this was for us, I didn't expect the whirlwind that would come — the questions, assumptions, unsolicited advice, and all the "good things" that go along with an engagement in two large and loving families. Our quiet serenity on that beach on Toronto island slipped away from me so fast, I went looking for it in all the wrong places.

How cancer prepared me for wedding planning

When planning a wedding you have expectations, and ideas of what your big day should be, right? Sometimes life gets in the way of that. After 11.5 years of living with cancer, I'm getting married at the end of October 2016, and cancer has been the perfect trial and error for this entire process.

Cancer has been no walk in the park. But sometimes I have days where I can walk miles and still have energy to make dinner AND bake some vegan cookies. Other days, not so much.

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"Will we need a corsage for your grandmother?" Grief and wedding planning

Those who have lost someone — and that is nearly all of us — can tell you that grief, rather than subsiding, simply assumes the traits of water molecules. Over an amount of time, never predictable, it changes shape from a solid pain to a fluid, familiar ache, an ache which leaves room for joy, for the ability to page through love-worn photo albums, for gratitude at ever having known and loved the person at all.

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Fuck the bud: The secret to how to pin a boutonniere perfectly every time

Unless you went a butt-ton of proms, or been a groomsman in every wedding, you probably have no idea how to properly pin a flower on to yourself or someone else. I would watch from behind my camera and everyone stumbled around, trying to find that ONE person who knew what to do.

But now you will, because I discovered the secret trick to pinning the perfect floral boutonniere every dang time…

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DIY? KIFS (Keep It Fucking Simple): simplifying wedding DIY projects

Moving my stash of wedding craft supplies and projects over to my mother's house today, I had a frightening, important realization: I have too much DIY shit for this wedding. Today, however, I realized that I have too much. I am trying to do too much. In my excitement, I have thrifted too many treasures and planned too many DIY projects for this wedding. Here's how I'm simplifying wedding DIY projects on my list.

The perfect Mason jar gift bags for your wedding

What's better than a Mason jar at a wedding? A Mason jar that doesn't take up any more space than a ziplock bag… because they ARE ziplock bags! Not only are these Mason Jar gift bags adorable, they're handy, and re-usable. Plus, as one reviewer put it, "These were the perfect gift bags for rustic barn wedding."

DIY mocha spoons tutorial for your wedding coffee bar

If you're rocking a killer coffee bar at your wedding, adding these DIY mocha spoons for stirring in delicious chocolate flavor is ultra-fancy. You'll never believe how fast and easy they are to whip up last-minute. A little chocolate, white chocolate, or colored melting candy, some plastic spoons, a smidge of edible glitter or sprinkles… and you're set.

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Balloons gone chic: giant balloon wedding decor for your reception

Okay I know… balloons are for kid's parties, right? But what if I told you that balloons can totally be adult chic? Just take a peek at these huge 36-inch balloons with gorgeous tassels that you can use as wall decor, a ceremony backdrop, a candy buffet backdrop, or as in the case here, reception chair decor. It's like channeling childhood AND keeping it super classy.

These are the ethical wedding rings that are making the world a better place

As someone who's constantly looking for new and awesome indie jewelers, I'm happy to explore the world of our sponsor Metalicious. Metalicious was started by Stephanie Maslow-Blackman, in a tiny corner of her apartment, where she made every ring by hand. Today she works with a small, hand-selected group of artisans in her New York studio — making each ring from recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones. And, saving the world at the same time!

14 pairs of Bettie Page shoes for retro wedding realness

The name Bettie Page is of course SUPER evocative of retro glamour and good times, and so Bettie Page shoes definitely can definitely help up your vintage wedding footwear game. Browsing through all their styles, I found TONS of great options for retro weddings, and suuuuuper affordable prices… but of course with super-cheap shoes you run the risk of poor construction. That's just the reality of a pair of $30 shoes… but for those of you prioritizing short-term retro glamour, these shoes are pretty freaking sweet.

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The wedding photographer for happy people, naked people, and tattooed unicorns

Here's what our sponsor Allebach Photography he wrote when our website robots asked him to describe himself (for the umpteenth time): "fun stuff. amazing stuff. happy people. naked people. unicorns. tattoos. the gays!"

All of those things are awesome. All of those things describe our readers. And all of those things are what makes this Philadelphia wedding photographer so awesome. Check it out…

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