These two couldn't avoid the tall jokes at the ceremony, but they definitely took their wedding planning seriously. With a strict budget and an even more strict guest list limit, they battled the inevitable hurdles that come along with them. But fear not, the result was a sunny, lovely, and on-budget backyard wedding with an awesome open mic!
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Gothic details, a shimmery black dress, lots of skulls, and a sweet little backyard tent for all the loved ones. There was a lot of DIY, and with it, some sage words of advice about self-catering. But our favorite part has to be the story of the father/daughter dance surprise. Get your hanky!
Shai and Crystal win at planning: they pulled off their backyard circus-themed wedding in under a month! Family and friends pitched in by building everything from the red-and-white striped tent to the colorful balloon arch. A parade of feathers, bubbles, and a tiny clown ring bearer led Crystal up the polka dot aisle, and guests tossed streamers into the air at the ceremony's conclusion. These two opted to use the time immediately following the ceremony to snag ice cream and take photos at a baseball park. The night was rounded out with Indian food and barbecue, followed by tie-dyed cupcakes and a skeleton-topped cake.
These creative, artsy Mormons planned a colorful backyard wedding in only a month! With a vintage dress, thrift store decor, and three enthusiastic kids, there was no end to the fun. Plus, you'll love their 1950s-meets-modern day family video invitation!
Put on your goggles and your neo-Victorian gear, because this is STEAMPUNK WEEK! Today we've got a purple and bronze steamy bonanza with a geodesic dome ceremony, a ketubah/parking problem (what?!), and some adorable vows you don't want to miss. Just watch out for the spoilsport rain!
Are you ready for endless smiles and glee? Because Elba and Brad's Walnut Creek, California wedding is going to send 'em on over. These two got married at the Shadeland Ranch Museum and had one of the brightest, most colorful and fun weddings around — the festivities included freeing candy from a star-shaped piñata and drinking tons of home brewed beer (the photographer tells us it was amazing).
As those of you who follow Offbeat Bride on Facebook already know, this weekend I crashed a reader's wedding (and live-updated the whole thing as I got progressively more inebriated). This is the story of how it all went down, with the added bonus of gorgeous photos and awesome details from Liz and Mark's wedding in Port Angeles, WA.
When you're in the mood to kick tradition out, this is the celebration to see: a non-legal backyard solstice potluck with a VERY participatory ceremony, personal tattoos instead of rings, and a super sweet memorial for the groom's father. These adorable hippies knew what they wanted and embraced it full-on. And we get to see it all come together!
This pair likes to take the old proverb "you can't have your cake and eat it, too" as both a personal challenge and an individual goal. Therefore, when they were planning their wedding and couldn't decide between two drastically different affairs (a free-spirited private destination wedding adventure versus an intricately detailed small community backyard handfasting), they decided to have them both! Prepare for gorgeous scenery and naughty favors ahead!
Some weddings just lull you into a safe and happy place where things work out and smiles abound. This wedding is your respite from a rough day: a sunny and warm afternoon in Tennessee, comfort food (Southern-style, natch), dried wildflower bouquets, and hand-written vows. The only thing that would make it better would be a pooch in a tux. Oh wait, they had him, too!