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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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Destination wedding sandals

I know that for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we're firmly into boots season — but for couples planning tropical destination weddings this winter, it's totally time to start thinking about sandals. So today's shoe post might feel a little off-season for some of us, but for those of you dreaming of warm days in far-off places, this post is for you.

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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.

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Philadelphia's Allebach Photography is booking in your neighborhood (and has TWO discounts)

Philly-based photographer Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography is one guy you've likely already heard us rave about before. Around these parts, he's been known to totally rock the tattooed wedding market, and HALF of his bookings are same-sex couples. On top of it all, Mike has been partnering with us for over six years and has used his expertise to write some pretty boss posts for us.

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Two geologists bury their vows in an Iceland glacier

When two Canadian geologists elope to Iceland, you may rest assured that the photographs will be mind-blowing. BUT. Photographer Ann Peters had so much cool info to share on the details, that (I can't believe I'm saying this) I have to make you wait a few more words than usual before you see the photos.

Tara and Landon began their wedding day at a geothermal hotel in the hot springs town of Hveragerði in southern Iceland. Getting to their ceremony site on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier involved a base camp, a Super JEEP, an hours-long drive, and a 40-minute climb. Side note: Apparently the glacier is near a volcano that's overdue for eruption. Marriage is an adventure, y'all.

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Isabel & Samuel's treasure boxes and bikes on the beach wedding

A Nicaraguan groom, a Cuban-Bolivian bride from the U.S., and a glorious beach ceremony in Nicaragua — this is some multicultural fabulousness. But the best part is how much we learned from the bride and her search for unique local vendors for her destination wedding. Plus, get your hankies ready for the bride's story of her mother and the treasure boxes.

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What are destination wedding photographer Dustin Cantrell's 3 favorite things about offbeat weddings?

Guess who Ariel and I partied with at Lovesick in San Francisco? Our sponsor Dustin Cantrell! We had a blast with this guy who (we decided) is as awesome as he is talented. Which means it's a safe bet that you will have a blast with him at your wedding… no matter where it is. Let's look at some of Dustin's favorite shots from his favorite locations, while we talk about his three favorite things about shooting offbeat couples…

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Come see some sexy barefoot sandals and a groom-made bouquet at this Oahu wedding

Cannot get over how carefree this entire day looks. No one's stressing about the wind in the hair or the sand between the toes. Luke and Pebbles said "I do" to a destination wedding on a random beach in Oahu last March. Pebbles kept to the low-key theme with white barefoot sandals for herself and complementary brown ones for her bridesmaids. The fellows brought the beachy flavor with seashell boutonnieres. Speaking of seashell — Luke definitely made his bride's shell bouquet. Quelle masterpiece. I do love to see a groom who's good with his hands.

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How to make a travel-ready paper flower bouquet

I love flowers and definitely wanted to have something to carry to our ceremony, but my flowers had to survive a road trip from Seattle to Moab, the desert environment, a trip back, and still had to look good a month later at our reception! That's a tall order for a bouquet. I ended up inventing my own method for making paper flowers…