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Exploring black and white wedding photography with Diwas Photography

The thing that stood out to me — a wedding blogger who sees thousands of stunning weddings, photographers, and wedding photos every day — was that much of their work is in black and white… and it is awesome. I know we at Offbeat Bride are constantly going "ooh, sparkles, glitter, and rainbow unicorns!" But Diwas Photography can make us ooh and ahh the same way over the same things, without even needing color. Of course they also shoot in color (we'll show you a couple of those shots, including one of our very own Ariel), but let's first talk about the power of black and white photography when it comes to weddings…

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6 reasons to meet your vendors in person before you book (and meet Melissa Miksch at Lovesick!)

When it comes to choosing vendors for your wedding, to whom you'll pay money, spend lots of time, and depend upon, it's pretty important to have faith in them, amirite? Meeting in person is such a neat way to get to know them, make sure they feel your vibe, and maybe even make a new friend. Let's talk about why meeting your vendors, and specifically our sponsor, Seattle area-based photographer Melissa Miksch, in person beforehand will ease all your vendor-related fears.

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Grooms in veils and a solo by The Mama Tits: just another gay Seattle wedding

After a decade-long partnership, Jeremy and Eric were finally married last June — on the very day that the state of Washington converted most state-registered domestic partnerships into legally recognized marriages! The couple said their vows on their own backporch in front of a few close loved ones. Damn, everything looks perfect. The colors, the smiles, the view, the weather — it all looks lovely and intimate and romantic and everything a wedding should be between two people who've been together so long.

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Ember & Andrew's Mario Bros. meets Star Wars game store wedding

A Star Wars Sand Trooper, Mario mushrooms, and some retro styles all in the couple's favorite game store — this is one geeky fabulous wedding. Wait until you get a load of the homemade Kransekake, their first dance story, and the bride's lacey vintage-styled dress. Oh, and you'll get a kick out of what the groom did with their Mario cake!

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8 of America's most unique wedding venues

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!