Beauty from pain: A cancer survivor's non-wig ways to rock being a bald bride

“Will you postpone the wedding until after your cancer is gone?” asked my friend the week I was re-diagnosed with lymphoma. My response was so feral it surprised even me. “Honey, come hell or high water, I am motherloving having this wedding, and you better motherloving be there because I don’t know how long I’ve got left.”

My cancer came back a few months before my wedding, and I wanted to use my baldness as an opportunity to recognize cancer's presence while living through it with beauty and joy. Here's my story…

No cake? No prob! Pull a "Lady and the Tramp" for your alternative cake cutting photos

If you're opting for a non-cake alternative for your wedding dessert, you might be thinking, "but how will we do a cake-cutting photo?!" Fear not, there are awesome options. Pull a Lady and the Tramp-style move (you know, sharing the spaghetti?) and eat from both ends of a donut, like Sadie and Devin did at their adorable brewery wedding. Alternately, duo-bite into a cupcake, a slice of pizza, a big ol' hot dog… whatever your nosh of choice may be.

Red hills and panda cookies at this desert wedding in the Valley of Fire

Marty and Isabel hail from Darwin, Australia and wanted an outdoor reception in the deserts of Las Vegas. They chose the stunning red hills backdrop of the Valley of Fire. The ceremony had some acoustic guitar and a really lovely floral backdrop that matched Isabel's bouquet. They followed it up with custom cat and panda cookies (as well as a cake!). Then it was off to Vegas proper for some partying.