Black outfits and ring tattoos at this Boston City Hall elopement

Kathleen and Eric scrapped their traditional wedding plan and decided to get married at Boston City Hall on a warm October day, have their favorite artist tattoo their rings, and celebrate with drinks at a bar. And this suited Kat and Eric way better — the ones who love shopping for spooky things in Salem, drinking good beer, and walking through the woods together.

When you need the most offbeat-friendly wedding planner, Maven Macaw Events is your jam

Our wedding planning genius pal Beca Oliveira has been planning real weddings for offbeat couples since 2009 (and planning them even longer in her head!). The thing about a wedding planner is that they HAVE to understand you and your vision. If they don't, it can be a total mismatch. That's why we LURVE seeing how weddings from Beca's event planning company, Maven Macaw Events, turn out. They're always the events you wish you had attended.

Win free wedding photography from this "chill, informative & competently non-judgmental" photographer

Though she's based in Portland, Maine, Justine regularly travels all over New England and the US (including Austin, NYC, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, DC, and California) to shoot and weddings. But she loves to travel so much that she actually has a list of dream locations/venues/themes that she'll offer discounts just to be able to shoot!

But that's not all, she's also hosting another contest that could garner you free wedding photographer. Check it out…

Meet the BWPFFs: Best wedding photographer friends forever

In all my years writing about wedding photography, I've seen a lot about married couple teams, but this is my first time highlighting a a photography business made up of two best friends! Our sponsor M.Studios is the Rhode Island wedding photography team, comprised of besties Melissa and Marisa. (Seriously? That's adorable.) Even cooler than that… they have a special discount just for our readers.

You need to see this pop-culture-themed wedding venue in New England

Are you looking for a unique wedding venue in New England? Well, just outside the Boston, The VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, MA, is a hotel that's been re-designed to pay tribute to 20th Century Pop! From their restaurant that embraces Julia Child and the advent of televised cooking shows, to their hip lounge with custom cocktails, your day will be as fun and funky as you want to make it.

Here's what else you'll get when you use The Verve as your wedding venue…