I did not expect to learn so much about self-confidence when I started this whole wedding thing. (Even though I needed SOME self-confidence to even make the proposal in the first place.) While other people have written about how wedding planning helped them learn to say "no" to people who kept making demands. Me? I've learned to say "yes" to myself.
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This three-day celebration is all about color, amazing hand-carved landscapes, and fab entertainment. We're talking stilt-walkers, costumes, lasers, and a pre-wedding disco party where everyone wore bridesmaids dresses! And just wait until you see how these two crafted their rings. Hint: it involves a neuroscientist!
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Oh, you guys HAVE to remember Victoria and Jacqueline's tiny, thrifty, dressy wedding celebration. Those ladies were so adorably in love with each other that we all fell adorably in love with them. Want an exciting update about Victoria and Jacqueline? Recently they moved just north of Chicago, and then teamed up with Josh, a cinematographer, to create Triquetra Photography! Gawd, I love talking about Offbeat Brides-turned-Offbeat Vendors…
Let's see: a clifftop ceremony in Hawaii, shaved ice, ono grinds (great food), and a blended 'ohana (family) — get ready for some serious sweetness. And just wait until you hear about their favorite moment in the car ride over! It definitely ups the happy Hawaiian family ante.
Brides Angela and Heather encouraged guests young and old to sign their Quaker wedding certificate at their Maryland wedding last September. No, really, even the kids signed it. "It was the most kid-friendly wedding we have ever been to," said photographer Tara Bannerji. Add to that the rustic setting of Seneca Creek State Park, the overcast look after a night of heavy rain, and peace-evoking details like origami cranes and Korean wedding ducks, and the result is a wedding that pretty much radiates calm and ease.
A couple of theater kids planned a big ol' barn dance deep in the mountains with custom koozies, beer favors, paper flowers, a coed bouquet toss, and a furry ring bearer. Add in a shared cupcake "cake cutting" and some extra heartfelt speeches, and everyone will be in love with this love. Just be warned if you're planning a mountain wedding: cell reception may be sparse!
This post has brides jumping into the Gulf of Mexico in tutus. But resist the temptation to scroll right to the end! Kristin and Kristine's Key West wedding last October had a lot more awesomeness that you need to see.
Brian and Chris planned and supervised every single detail of their two-and-a-half-day-long wedding celebration at Camp Westwind. The two took their chances with the unpredictable coastal weather and lucked into a gorgeous sunny day that accented the cheery details, like bright pink and yellow floral centerpieces and the rainbow equality flags hung on a building. Their dog Callisto served double duty as ring bearer and sole wedding party member. The semi-religious ceremony included all of their parents and siblings. Mustachioed table numbers tucked inside wine glasses were in used in lieu of a seating chart, and there was plenty of local Oregon cheese to go around!
Los Angelinos, get your peepers and your wedding photographer-booking fingers ready, because I'mma introduce you to the greatness that is Linda Abbott Photography. Hugging your wife post-ceremony, the time when your husband did a silly dance, basking in the happy with your new partner, gushing emotional with your guests, and gushing over your new rings… You'll see all the ways Linda managed to capture these fleeting-but-important moments, and find out how you can get her to the same for you (but with a special discount!)…
Rebecca and Meeka had to battle downpours throughout their entire wedding day, but even the most torrential rain couldn't stop them from smiling! The two held their ceremony in a barn decorated with animal skulls and rope, and cleverly used white roses to mark seats intended for family members. After jumping the broom, they moved on to the reception space, where plenty of dancing and toasting followed. If you still want more after looking at the photos, videographers Love Brain Films shared their wedding video right here. Get the tissues out! It's a good one.