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.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of destination wedding posts.
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…
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.
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…
This couple fell in love with Arches National Park as well as with each other, so it was only natural that they seal the deal among the majestic red rocks, destination-style. With a reception held in their native Seattle, it boasted the best of both worlds. But one of our favorite parts is the bride's handmade paper flower bouquet — it will blow you away!
Jinger and Calvin got married completely off the grid. They from their hometown of New York City to the southern jungles of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The rugged conditions matched the Lost-themed day, with everything from the save the dates to the bridal party's entrance music included nods to the television series.
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!
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!