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Exploring black and white wedding photography with Diwas Photography

The thing that stood out to me — a wedding blogger who sees thousands of stunning weddings, photographers, and wedding photos every day — was that much of their work is in black and white… and it is awesome. I know we at Offbeat Bride are constantly going "ooh, sparkles, glitter, and rainbow unicorns!" But Diwas Photography can make us ooh and ahh the same way over the same things, without even needing color. Of course they also shoot in color (we'll show you a couple of those shots, including one of our very own Ariel), but let's first talk about the power of black and white photography when it comes to weddings…

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Brown shoes for your sepia-tinged wedding day

Wait, who wears brown shoes on their wedding day? Isn't it the color of pragmatic daily-wear shoes? The stuff of work boots and office pumps? HELL NO! Brown wedding shoes are perfect for those sepia-tinged vintage weddings, those rustic barn weddings, those library weddings with sun shining through the dust motes of the old windows. In other words: yeah, some of us want brown shoes for our wedding days. That in mind, let's look at some…

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Eva & Jesus' Mexico wedding with bonus arcade fun

This pair had families keen on inviting everyone they knew, two ceremonies, a fantastic arcade photo shoot (with human-sized crane!), and a super cool getaway car decal. Don't miss the traditional elements like the arros and the lazo, about which the bride has some good techniques for saving money.

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How we worded the invitations for our crowdfunded wedding

We have decided to crowdfund our wedding. It won't pay for everything, but it does mean we can focus on having a good time rather than scrimping and saving on every little thing. The tricky part was wording everything right on the invitations, so we didn't come off as stingy or cheap. I wrote a little poem to explain the crowdfunding. If anyone wants it, they can steal it…

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Craft beer and cheeseburgers abound at Sarah & John's wedding

Craft beer, food trucks, a mobile photo booth, and skillfully-created decor — this one is worthy of your eyes, friends. Don't miss the bride's chic wrap and fingerless gloves, the groom's fancy pants dapper suit, and mixed glass favors. Oh, and check out the advice about time between the wedding and the honeymoon!

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Shy photographers: dispelling the myth that your wedding photographer should be your BFF

As a photographer, I follow wedding blogs and often find advice recommending couples to hire a photographer that “could be your friend.” This is something that I find incredibly odd, and sometimes not very good advice. This is not to say that if you find someone who is amazing and outgoing that you should not hire them (us photographers come in all shapes and personalities). I’d like to offer a few reasons why you should consider not solely hiring "someone who you could be friends with," and a few secrets that artists might not disclose every day…

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Our 30 best wedding ideas to steal

Is it rare to be encouraged to steal something? We happen to encourage you all to steal our Offbeat Bride ideas rather a lot. In fact, one of our biggest archives is full of wedding ideas that we'd really like you to steal, pretty please. And I couldn't get all of my favorites on this list (though I made sure to include my favorite tip for a post-ceremony activity). What I'm saying is, you should go have a wander through that once you're done with these 30 of my favorites.

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The bride wore pink, the groom wore blue… wedding hair!

After 10 years together, Brittney and Kevin said their vows outside on a sunny day last June in Michigan — and obviously had an absolute blast doing it. First, let's talk about how awesome these two look, please. Kevin sported an enviable shade of teal blue hair (matching his GLASSES in later pics!), and Brittney wows me with that electric pink… and a tiny bit of red and purple perhaps in there? Sigh. I love colored hair so hard. I also really love the shot we get of Brittney's fab underarm tattoos. What better moment to capture them than when she's being helped into her dress? Take note, all y'all with underarm tats.

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Eva & Jesus' Mexico wedding with bonus arcade fun

This pair had families keen on inviting everyone they knew, two ceremonies, a fantastic arcade photo shoot (with human-sized crane!), and a super cool getaway car decal. Don't miss the traditional elements like the arros and the lazo, about which the bride has some good techniques for saving money.

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Craft beer and cheeseburgers abound at Sarah & John's wedding

Craft beer, food trucks, a mobile photo booth, and skillfully-created decor — this one is worthy of your eyes, friends. Don't miss the bride's chic wrap and fingerless gloves, the groom's fancy pants dapper suit, and mixed glass favors. Oh, and check out the advice about time between the wedding and the honeymoon!

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Jennie & Mary's garden party picnic and a capella wedding

Get ready to have your heart burst from the love encapsulated in this singing, dancing, and joyously laughing wedding. The venue is incredibly sweet, the Hawaiian shirt-clad officiant is darling, and the two brides know just how to bring a community together to share their love of each other and song.

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Aleah & Zach's music meets bibliophile wedding in the forest

This pair was torn between lobster and steak and a small courthouse elopement, so they compromised with a heavily DIYed and super adorable cottage in the forest backyard-style wedding. Get ready for eclectic (and budget-friendly!) centerpieces, a sweet first look, and a couple of super cute mishaps not to be missed.

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How we worded the invitations for our crowdfunded wedding

We have decided to crowdfund our wedding. It won't pay for everything, but it does mean we can focus on having a good time rather than scrimping and saving on every little thing. The tricky part was wording everything right on the invitations, so we didn't come off as stingy or cheap. I wrote a little poem to explain the crowdfunding. If anyone wants it, they can steal it…

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Shy photographers: dispelling the myth that your wedding photographer should be your BFF

As a photographer, I follow wedding blogs and often find advice recommending couples to hire a photographer that “could be your friend.” This is something that I find incredibly odd, and sometimes not very good advice. This is not to say that if you find someone who is amazing and outgoing that you should not hire them (us photographers come in all shapes and personalities). I’d like to offer a few reasons why you should consider not solely hiring "someone who you could be friends with," and a few secrets that artists might not disclose every day…

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Turn that to-do into WOOHOO: The best wedding advice ever

Surely, with such an easygoing and organized bride, this was bound to be a stress-free process, right? HA. During planning month six out of ten, I broke down crying while talking to my mom about something wedding-related. My mom turned around and gave me the best advice I received during the course of planning my wedding.

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How to plan a disability-friendly wedding

You’re recently engaged? Congratulations! As you've probably discovered, images of brides and grooms with disabilities will not be easily found within the pages of popular magazines. So there are probably very few examples to generate ideas and reminders for all of details you’ll need to incorporate into your event. That's why you should check out these tips for planning an accessible ceremony, disability-friendly considerations for your reception, and accommodating guests with different needs…

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"Who's the 'groom' in your lesbian wedding?" Gender stereotypes and assumptions with gay weddings

"So, who's the guy in your relationship?" This question (or versions of it) is one of the more common questions posed to lesbian couples and the most frustrating. The reverse is true of male couples. While most people have posed this question with absolutely no malice or agenda, people in same-sex relationships (including myself) can get kind of huffy about it. That is not always helpful, so lets talk about that question.

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Exploring black and white wedding photography with Diwas Photography

The thing that stood out to me — a wedding blogger who sees thousands of stunning weddings, photographers, and wedding photos every day — was that much of their work is in black and white… and it is awesome. I know we at Offbeat Bride are constantly going "ooh, sparkles, glitter, and rainbow unicorns!" But Diwas Photography can make us ooh and ahh the same way over the same things, without even needing color. Of course they also shoot in color (we'll show you a couple of those shots, including one of our very own Ariel), but let's first talk about the power of black and white photography when it comes to weddings…

134

Brown shoes for your sepia-tinged wedding day

Wait, who wears brown shoes on their wedding day? Isn't it the color of pragmatic daily-wear shoes? The stuff of work boots and office pumps? HELL NO! Brown wedding shoes are perfect for those sepia-tinged vintage weddings, those rustic barn weddings, those library weddings with sun shining through the dust motes of the old windows. In other words: yeah, some of us want brown shoes for our wedding days. That in mind, let's look at some…

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30 wedding shoes under $40

Before I even get into this post, I want to acknowledge something: when you're looking at shoes this price, your priorities on not necessarily on things like "ethical production" or "quality constructive." Sometimes, you set those concerns aside because you've got a max of two $20 bills budgeted for your wedding shoes. That priority in mind, let's bask in 30 pairs of wedding shoes, all under $40. LOTS of flats in here, by the way — although with prices like this, size options can be limited. The good news is that some of these go up to size 16!

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Gather 'round and let's enjoy some wedding wedges

Some of us get a little shaky on any sort of spiked heel, and wedges can be a great way to get an elevated heel without the ankle-twisting. In addition to being generally more walkable, wedges have the added benefit of being lawn-friendly for those of you having your weddings outdoors — no need to think about sinking up to your ankles in the grass.

This reduced shakiness AND improved grass-walkingness in mind, I'm going to round up some of my very favorite wedge shoes today. If I missed your favorites, leave a comment!

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