Jennifer and Abdoulaye are truly an international couple: she hails from the States and he's from Guinea, and they met while working in Mali. A coup d'état in the country led to Jennifer moving back home, and their relationship blossomed thanks to Skype and long-distance phone calls. Once reunited in the US they quickly eloped, and hosted a wedding a few months later at the Virginia Zoo.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of couples of color posts.
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!
Jinger and Calvin got married completely off the grid. Instead of staying in their hometown of New York, they traveled to the southern jungles of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The rugged conditions matched the Lost-themed day, as there were no power or phone lines and everything from the save the dates to the bridal party's entrance music included nods to the television series. Play and relaxation ruled the day, as guests signed Jenga tiles instead of a guestbook, played board games, and relaxed at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in between wedding events.
Lin and Philip's wedding had one theme: ORANGE. The color dominated everything from their sneakers (yes, they both wore sneakers!) and wardrobe details to the candy-laden dessert table. Those aren't the only sweet details: Lin carried a bouquet made entirely from Dum Dums and Philip donned a boutonniere to match. Their dog Hannah served as a key player throughout the day, and a tarot reader performed a reading during the ceremony. Speaking of Hannah, wait until you see the super cute hands-and-paws family photo the three of them took during the reception.
These two met at a running race a year before their wedding, and celebrated by running that same race again on their wedding day (planned in only seven weeks!). And the best part is that it's a running-themed wedding to match. Put on your running shoes and check out the start and finish line banner decor, funny aisle signs, and of course… the Rocky theme! But just wait until you see the prank the groom played on the bride involving mouth wash!
We are loving this intimate waterfront ceremony that includes readings from the moms, a loving moment of silence for a lost brother, and a little floofy pooch ring bearer who served as reading inspiration. On top of that, this pair decided to go total Gatsby with a 1920s-themed reception! A placid lake meets a rockin' party and we wouldn't want it any other way. Just wait until you see the peacock tights and art deco cake!
Meet Mary and Matt, two Brooklyn-based musicians who wanted their wedding to include their fave bands and tunes in a big way. Each table at the reception was named after a band (some local, some super famous) and both the bride and groom took turns playing with their band during the reception! The multi-talented pair's creativity didn't stop there, as Mary also DIYed most of the bouquets and decor herself. Thanks to BG Productions Photography and Videography for sharing these photos with us!
Helen and Deepak hail from Chicago but traveled down to Port Orange, Florida, to get married at The Estate on the Halifax. The multicultural pair intertwined Hindu wedding traditions with Taiwanese influences and owned it — the day included a lot of awesome details, like the fan-turned-wedding program and mismatched red bridesmaids dresses. Twinkle lights lined each corner of the reception hall, and the party moved indoors to enjoy a fruit-heavy dessert table (no cake!) and tons of dancing.
Qiyan came to the United States from Beijing, China a few years ago to pursue her PhD. Antoine was born in France and lived there before coming to the U.S. for his PhD. They met, combined their lives, and had a multifaith, multicultural, and multinational wedding in the gorgeously gothic campus of the University of Chicago. Oh, and just wait until you see their adorable turtle cake!
Nei and Mike eloped in Las Vegas and then got weddinged three months later. Since Nei hails from Cambodia they each donned wedding wear from the country as a nod to her family's origins. Nei actually wore two incredible glittery dresses (one red, and one silver) and two tiaras — talk about bling! The couple and their family created nearly every detail, including the bouquets, red paper cranes (they had 500!), and tree branch centerpieces. The pair finished up the night by diving face-first into their three-tiered red wedding cake, which might be one of the fastest ways to eat wedding cake ever.
Anna and Brad had two weddings in one day! They began by getting married in the same church Brad's parents were wed in, and rounded out the evening with a traditional Laotian ceremony. The festivities included a customized newspaper wedding announcement, a Laotian string ceremony known as baci, and so much delicious-looking food (look at those fruit kebabs!) you could almost taste it through your screen.