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.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of destination wedding posts.
Handmade bunting, loads of fabric streamers, a first dance right after the tearful ceremony, and some out-of-this-planet scenery make this rustic and rainy wedding a sight to see. You'll definitely want to see the little note the bride left for the groom before the ceremony, too. Oh, and we learned that when you don't have an umbrella, a unicorn mask works in a pinch.
This wedding is a pretty easy sell: they had a BEER UNICORN! And vodka slushies! And ocotopus and mustache dresses! And tentacle fingers! And animal centerpieces! And the Cliffs of Insanity! We're dropping-our-pants-happy about this Texas-meets-Ireland wedding. It's too much — go on without us and enjoy!
I can't stop staring at the images from New Jersey-based wedding photographer Dennis Pike. Seriously, if I hadn't seen his blog posts full of real wedding pics, I would have sworn these were stylized shoots. Our sponsor Dennis Pike takes some of the most beautiful wedding photos totally on-the-fly, and he could do the same for your wedding. But first, you won't believe some of these images…
Small, affordable, a vacation (and total party!), and all rock 'n' roll? That's a wedding we can handle! Add in a fabulous red and black vintage dress, some first-time parasailing, and some barefoot on the beach vows, and you'll be ready to sink your own feet in this wedding sand. Even a last-minute date change couldn't squash the fun.
Conny and Felix are Germans living in Sydney, Australia who love Cape Town, South Africa. Got it so far? Conny's mother lives in the nearby small town of McGregor and hosted this gorgeous party for the pair after their official ceremony in Germany. And boy, was the scenery alone worth the travel! Watercolor-faded mountain lines in the horizon, a sweet little chapel underneath a canopy of trees, and ocean blue stained glass… paradise!
Did you know that De Nueva is a photographic superhero? From Batman-themed engagement photos, to feats of daring hair color, to death-defying wedding stunts, and heart-pounding elopements, Nicki of De Nueva is the wedding photographer of choice for all types of offbeat couples, as you can clearly see by these amazing shots…
Rad news for Cali couples: one of our favorite photography vendors, Dustin Cantrell, is moving back into the Bay Area! This means that he'll be all over weddings there in addition to his other home-away-from-home, New York. Plus, he's always game for destination weddings, and has super special destination deals for Offbeat Brides.
It's no secret that Offbeat Brides love Jonas Seaman. In fact, our longtime sponsor Jonas Seaman has shot many of your weddings in the Pacific Northwest — where he's based — and beyond. For those of you who DON'T know of the magic that is Jonas Seaman's wedding photography, let us educate you on said magic. Who knows, you just may be the next couple to fly him out to YOUR wedding location…
Losing your destination venue the day before the wedding is right up there with the most party-ruining things that could happen. But this pair had an in with a local pub and turned a total negative into a big positive! Add in the gorgeous Alice in Wonderland portrait shoot and some heavy metal (and a little Bob Marley) to get you through the day, and we totally know "everything little thing is gonna be alright."
These Chicago teachers decided on a small destination wedding in New Orleans (one of their favorite places after vacationing there!). With Washington Square Park in Marginy as the backdrop, they incorporated their favorite things: animal masks, floral prints, pastel ribbons, M&Ms with cat faces printed on them(!), and 30 of their nearest and dearest.