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Say aww! So much adorbs at this Los Angeles wedding with spice jar cake toppers and a flowery dog of honor

Patty and Ryan said their I do's this past October in Los Angeles, and I'm telling you, the elegant cuteness abounds. First of all, the world needs more dogs-of-honor in flower wreaths, I'm just positive. Then there's the miniature tiki hut for cards and well wishes. And how can you forget the spice jars? The couple used spice jars as cake toppers — his last name is McCormick, and the couple selected an Asian spice as a nod to Patty's heritage.

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Two grooms steal secret vineyard kisses and dance the hora at their California wedding

You don't have to have tropical beaches to make it a destination wedding! Jeff and Brandon said goodbye to New York and hello to California last October to get married in wine country. I dare anyone to flip through these gorgeous photos and NOT smile back at these two adorable men. The giggles! The kisses! The suits with tiny plaid! I personally could not hold back an "awww!" at their baby photos adorning the rows of chairs along the aisle. Seriously cool alternative to a slideshow or photo table.

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This groom serenaded his new husband at their monochromatic San Francisco wedding

July, surrounded by a sea of guests in all-white attire. Breezy white clothing, colorful roses everywhere, a stunning landscape — chic and sophisticated, right? Yes, AND the perfect juxtaposition for professional-grade serenades!

After David and Pablo shared their first kiss as husband and husband, Pablo began singing David's favorite: I Can't Help Falling in Love. My heart melted because ohmygod, one of my very favorite songs too! And then, AND THEN. A few of Pablo's professional theater friends stood up and began singing harmony.

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Janet & Joe's colorful tie-dye and dancing wedding

These two are children of the sixties, and what better way to celebrate the decade and their love of color than by having a TIE-DYE WEDDING? It's like a rainbow exploded and left everyone super happy and covered in color. They tossed tie-dyed bears, had a choreographed dance to their song (well, almost!), and tons of tie-dyed decor. Put on your shades for this one — it's wild!

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Margie & Steven's sparkly rainbow musical wedding

You may just explode with rainbows after seeing this colorful wedding with a surprise rainbow cake, handmade dress with rainbow tulle, and a science museum reception. The hand-composed song and original poem during the ceremony may have you crying rainbows, too. Oh, and just wait until you see how the bridesmaids calmed the bride down during a stressful moment.

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Show your guests what you're made of with spice jar cake toppers

I've got a really lovely L.A. wedding in the works for you guys, BUT FIRST. I was so blown away by Patty and Ryan's creative-and-super-simple cake toppers that I couldn't wait. Had to show you all, so you could steal this idea for yourselves.

Spice jars that represent you and your partner. Brilliant! The couple added a tiny bow tie to Cinnamon Sugar and a cute little pink veil to Asian Seasoning as a nod to heritage. Fess up, people: what spices would represent you?

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This couple took their own wedding photos in Yosemite National Park

Shawn and Marcie got married in the Oakland California Temple after being friends for 16 years and partners for nine. Marcie says, "When I say finally, it's like a FINALLY, married." Cameras aren't allowed inside, but photos still happened — courtesy of the couple themselves! Shawn and Marcie took a few images of their own reception before trekking five hours to Yosemite National Park where they did their own formal wedding portraits. They took turns behind the camera, even shooting in film! The results are intimate, personal, and (ahem) au naturale. Just saying you need to scroll to the very end.

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Let's get to know LA-based Evangeline Lane, the globe-trotting, bi-coastal wedding photographer

You might remember LA-based Evangeline Lane from her serendipitous experience getting into photography, this most seriously delightful Independence Day wedding, or maybe even met her at the San Francisco Lovesick Expo. Let's talk about what makes Evangeline tick and why she just might be your saving grace in catching all the amazing details at your wedding. And of course, there's a special package waiting just for readers of Offbeat Bride.