Everything you wanted to know about Pagan weddings, but were afraid to ask

So you've been invited to a Pagan wedding. Modern Paganism is a recreation of the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe. It has been heavily influenced by modern values and ethics, such as feminism and environmentalism. So please don't fear that you may witness an animal sacrifice at a Pagan ritual; many of us are vegan and are strong supporters of animal rights! But it might help to give you an overview on what to expect…


Robert & Cecily's jumpin' the broom in Kauai wedding

This bright and beautiful Hawaiian day was meant for these two. After a handfasting on the mainland, they continued their ceremony on the beach in Kauai with a lei ceremony, jumping the broom, and a dancing on the beach. This one is intimate, lovely, and true to this adorable pair.


Glitter, sparkle, and shimmer: a pink and gold Virginia wedding

If you've got a particular affinity for things that glitter, this wedding's for you! Being honest, I'm all over this one. Chauncey & BaShaun finally sealed a long-distance relationship with a sparkly pink and gold celebration in Virginia last March. From her gold shoes to his wedding day gift of a gold watch, the sparkle is everywhere. (Aw, check out the cute lil note accompanying the watch!)


Noor & Alex's Scottish-inspired handfasting in The Netherlands

The tartan dress, the kilts, the Wiccan ceremony… this wedding is such a beautiful mash-up of these two that we can't even deal. The castle venue in The Netherlands is the icing on this super pretty cake. You'll also dig their receiving line alternative. Hint: guests get to NOT stand in line!


Grab your wellies and stroll along a beach with this bride and groom

Jeff and Aiofe married each other last year on the British Columbia coast and frickin' brought the style. I mean, you have her bright blue (such an awesome color), mega-ruffled dress. And then he's wearing a cravat (always a good choice) with a matching pocket square. They looked cute just saying their vows, they looked cute jumping the broom, and they looked cute while romping through low tides with bridesmaids, and striking cover-worthy poses with groomsmen.


Jump the broom and smash the glass: this wedding is a cultural kaleidoscope

Say hello to a new photographer on our vendor list (hi, Amy Ann PhotographyThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them!) with this gorgeous LGBT wedding in Ohio. Tara and Tayo had married each other in Manhattan in early 2013, which they celebrated last fall with a mashup of Jewish and African-American traditions. The couple kept the initial part of the celebration small, with only a few loved ones around while they performed a handwashing and signed a ketubah. For the larger ceremony outside, guests faced first one way then the other as they listened to quotes from African-American authors and a traditional Jewish ceremony under a canopy.