Give us some sumptuous dark decor, a lush forest ceremony bathed in candlelight, and a super gorgeous gothic couple who totally know how to put an ensemble together. Add in a few D&D and wizard touches, and we're all on this geeky-gothic train. Plus, we love any family who is down for anything as long as there's cake.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of corset posts.
It be Talk Like a Pirate Day again, me hearties, and Offbeat Bride readers can always be counted on to give us amazing pirate-themed weddings. This year we've got amazing handmade pirate garb, historical dances, necklaces instead of rings, and even a released mini Kraken. Strap on yer boots, ye landlubber, and take a look.
Let's talk about boobs! I'm a 32DD, which means I am a petite chick with a mighty big rack. Wedding dress shopping was all about the boobs for me. I had to find a dress that either supported the big gals comfortably and flatteringly on its own, OR I had to find a dress that could work with some major undergarment action. Yup, I've learned a lot of tricks shopping for the rare and elusive "big rack, small back" support systems in my time. Let's talk about our options…
Alexis and Chelsea got married just a few months ago in a small ceremony in Illinois. And, no big, they were only decked out from head to toe in absolutely fabulous steampunk finery. Alexis is making it look like she wears a corset, bustle, and high-heeled boots every day, and I only wish I looked as good as Chelsea does in a checkered vest and pinstripe pants. The ceremony took place at a Spanish-style mansion, amid bouquets of Edgar Allan Poe book pages.
A luscious red dress, a guy-linered groom, an amazing theater venue, and a plan to make everyone mix and mingle that included ornate masks — this spooky Halloween wedding in Salem, Oregon makes our knees quake in fear… I mean lust! Add in some movie and video game-themed music and some costume-clad guests and you're in for a spooky time with a super gorgeous backdrop.
Fire dancers, circus performers, Alice in Wonderland costumes, and a big fireworks show — this is a theme combination that rocks hard. Feast your eyes on the chair jugglers, dancers, and of course, guests dressed as cards, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter. And of course, the blue corset gown and dapper top hat on the bride and groom give us the feels, too!
This bad-ass couple knows what's UP: lightning bolt light-up 7.5 inch platform heels, a brass knuckles theme, homemade moonshine, motorcycles, tattoos, and top hats. This backyard wedding with views of the Puget Sound is also home to sweet succulents, skeleton details, and of course… the bride's amazing dress! And just wait until you see the moment between the ring dog and the ring bearer!
When the bride and her sister make eight hardcore Victorian-inspired outfits for the wedding, you know this is serious-business history love. Add in the Victorian dancing, regimental band, and amazing belly dance and drum performance, and you've got a recipe for an outstanding wedding celebrating a gorgeous family home and era. Wait until you hear what the bride did with her antique ring!
This bride owns one of our most favorite dress design companies, KMKDesigns, so you won't be too surprised to see that her own dress is nothing less than magnificent. But you'll also be swept away by the other handmade fashions, nom-worthy cupcakes, the jail tour, and the totally sweet "high school prom" first dance.
Photographer Liz Lui said that Cameron and Keith's Chicago wedding was inspired by novels such as The Once and Future King and Jim Henson's film Labyrinth. Combine those mystical items with the old-world glamour of Chicago's Alhambra Palace, and you can almost see the magic in the air. Cameron added to the theatrical flair with an incredible gown custom-designed by Branimira Ivanova, the costume designer of renowned Hubbard Street Dance. The lace, the collar, the skirt, the veil — there isn't an element of the dress that isn't mind-blowing.
I've saved my favorite details for last. Cameron's purple updo is everything I want in life, absolutely, BUT. How many grooms have YOU seen lately with a hot pink crew cut? And wearing a unicorn mask? You go, Keith. You go.