This January and February, the Lovesick Expo is once again embarking on a nationwide tour, alongside our professional besties at Offbeat Bride. When we first dreamed up this idea, the most important thing to us was that we could find a host venue that also celebrated the independent spirit. We wanted a space that felt a little bit punk rock, a little chill, and most importantly, doubled as a kick-ass wedding venue. Since you may be on the venue hunt, and we've already done the legwork by scouring the country, we thought we'd put together this little profile of eight of the best venues we’ve found across the nation!
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As a bit of playful revenge for having to wear a natural-colored wig at her maid of honor's wedding, Dani had her wedding party (including the bridesman) rock hot-pink wigs to match her hair. The wedding party nailed the look, even though it looks like it was a super windy day! Dani and Rob got married at Gas Works Park in Seattle last July, and you'll find that delicious hot pink everywhere in their photos: bowties, guests' shoes, feathery bouquets, and all over the reception.
Double the brides meant double the proposal stories for Kathryn and Jennifer's wedding last summer. Photographer Tracie Howe let us know that the couple met online (just before Kathryn closed her dating account!), proposed to each other, and got married at the Fremont Mischief Distillery. Apparently it was the distillery's first wedding — way to take the lead, ladies! Let me join your wedding guests in high fives all around.
It's a bird, it's a plane… it's Offbeat Bride's comic book-clad and caped superhero theme week! Get in the telephone booth and change into your wedding-gawking superhero tights — you're in for crime-fighting fun. This time we've got two actors who fell in love on the stage and wanted to celebrate it superhero-style. Get ready for singing and dancing bridesmaids, a whole lotta Hanson music, and the return of… THE UNITY SANDWICH!
Native to South Caroline, Tammy and Patrice eloped to Washington, marrying each other at Seattle Glassblowing Studio. Photographer Jeanne Phinney credits officiant Elaine Way with organizing a lot of the wedding's details, particularly the unique ceremony. The couple signed a handmade ketubah they had brought with them and, with the help of studio artisans, created a custom piece of blown glass for their unity ritual! I'm loving how focused the artist is while the couple snuggles in the background. Sexy, artsy, romantic.
The ability to turn up one's cuffs just so is an enviable skill. This and other hints of impeccable style were evident at Russell and Cord's Seattle wedding last October. Married in a small ceremony at The Sanctuary, the couple helped each other get ready for the day. Adorableness awaits you in the photos, with the gentlemen adjusting each other's ties, showing off colorful socks, and messing with cufflinks.
You might remember our sponsor Melissa Miksch when she divulged her insider info on buying your wedding rings. While Melissa is no longer a ring-slinger, she and her husband Mike are the talent behind Seattle's Melissa Miksch Photography. Check out all the ways that Melissa and Mike work their butts off to keep you within budget, while having fun all the while…
Lin and Philip's wedding had one theme: ORANGE. The color dominated everything from their sneakers (yes, they both wore sneakers!) and wardrobe details to the candy-laden dessert table. Those aren't the only sweet details: Lin carried a bouquet made entirely from Dum Dums and Philip donned a boutonniere to match. Their dog Hannah served as a key player throughout the day, and a tarot reader performed a reading during the ceremony. Speaking of Hannah, wait until you see the super cute hands-and-paws family photo the three of them took during the reception.
If you're in the mood for GIANT crepe paper flower bouquets, a sweet and impromptu first look, and a couple super obviously and deliriously in love, then this wedding is your jam. Oh, and this bride's experience with a day-of coordinator (who we know well!), is invaluable. And you'll love the song that they kind-sorta accidentally danced to for their first dance!
Let's see here: we've got a circus theme with a dog dressed as a lion, "boot-in-ears," a bearded lady, a carousel horse guestbook, a midway full of games, a flash mob ceremony, an after-party with a ball pit, and a footie pajama football brunch the next day. If you can even process all that awesome, you'll need to make even more room in your brain for the first dance surprise. Hint: a marching band was involved!