Continuing in the spirit of superhero week here at Offbeat Bride, tag along with us to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Bridget and Sam got married there earlier this spring surrounded by subtle hints of superherodom: Batman cufflinks, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bow tie, the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond cake toppers… wait, what's that? The Doctor isn't a superhero? He is in my heart, okay, let me have my little pleasures, IT TOTALLY COUNTS.
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When the couple calls themselves "moon-loving techno-hippies," we know we're in for some fun. Get ready for some family vows (and a family sand ceremony!), some cat-loving vows, and a desert horizon at a ranch that ended up being their ideal location. It's a small, outdoor wedding with big heart.
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This sci-fi and steampunk-loving wedding is so full of DIY projects and amazing sights, you'll be pretty damn dazzled. Add in the amazing Beatles cover band, their "steampunk bling table," and of course, the San Diego Zoo setting, and you're in for animals, costumes, and a good ol' time.
A red carpet, popcorn and soda, and even a film noir short film created by the couple — this is a cinephile's dream wedding. Add in the 1940s-era outfits, Moulin Rouge-inspired gown, and delish food truck nosh, and these two totally know how to party film buff-style.
Tradition meets tons of personalization with this Disney and movie-themed wedding. We're talking illustrations from favorite movies, Disney centerpieces, 3D cut-outs, and lots of elements from their signature styles. It was both a dry wedding and a no-dancing wedding, but with Truth or Dare Jenga, scavenger hunts, a photo booth, and a gelato bar, there was no shortage of super-fun-ness. And just wait until you read the bride's favorite moment. It's like you're there!
Feast your eyes on this testament to the golden hour — a sunset elopement on a cliff in California, complete with a walk down memory lane. It's a sight for sore eyes, as is this adorable pair. They may have scaled their wedding down to eight guests, a dog, and this scenery, but it's huge on love.
Remember at the beginning of the year when I introduced you to our sponsor Linda Abbott? Turns out, y'all went NUTSOBANNANAS for Linda and her spontaneous and joy-filled wedding photography. This post is not for the smarty-pants readers who already reached out to our girl Linda. I'm talking to those who thought "hmm, she's pretty awesome, maybe I'll hit her up later." Well, LATER IS NOW!
Bethany and Brandon got married last September at a private vineyard in Napa Valley, with no more than a couple of photographers and an officiant to witness the ceremony. The couple sneaked away to California for a "vacation" that they only told one person about. You might feel lulled into relaxation by the casual elegance of Brandon and Bethany's elopement, but try to stay alert for a few cool details. For example, Brandon made their burlap wedding banner as a surprise for Bethany. Also, there are definitely photos of bridal grape stomping waiting for you after the jump. But my favorite detail? Check out their officiant's vestment stole.
Suzy and Arin's October wedding evoked spooky glam, thanks to the delightfully macabre interior of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Vultures and skeletons and dinosaurs really do cast the best shadows in marble halls. A prop-making friend crafted a Hocus Pocus-themed guestbook for the occasion, and tiny Day of the Dead figurines graced the reception tables.
What pulls on the heartstrings more than a groom who gets all choked up seeing his bride for the first time? The answer is nothing. My heart about stopped when I saw the look on Joshua's face as he saw Holly walk down the aisle. Seriously, the man cannot take his eyes off of her. I, in turn, cannot take my eyes off of both of them. How delicious do they look in their Victorian/Celtic outfits? Joshua is wearing an honest-to-goodness cravat, and Holly has a custom corset — with a removable skirt. Because a girl has to be able to folk dance later.