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Sweet simplicity: Sam & Meghan's small, simple Winter wedding

This was a very small and simple Winter wedding — a celebration of our relationship. There were 17 guests in attendance, just immediate family and best friends. We met in the dead of winter at a small college chapel for the ceremony, then went to a restaurant down the street for dinner. We had few decorations, no theme, no wedding party, no rehearsal dinner, no formal invitations, no gifts, no dancing — and it was glorious.

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What happened when we put OUR wedding needs first…

Somehow, it is portrayed as perfectly normal to make huge exceptions for your wedding day, from going into debt to inviting too many people, to having melt-downs over canapés. Of the traditional wedding "must-haves," we didn’t want most, don’t need many, and can’t have some. We said "no" over and over — feeling like rather fussy inconsiderate people. But here's what’s happened since we’ve put our wedding planning needs first…

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Two grooms in white elope to Olympic Sculpture Park

Fifteen is a lucky number for Jos A and Brick, and they made sure to exchange vows at precisely 5:15 p.m. on May 15, 2015. The two grooms kept their elopement super simple at Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle: just a pair of matching white suits, a couple of purple pocket squares, and two very smashing hats. They said their vows in front of a few important guests (four, including the officiant) and followed up the occasion with wine and tapas in their own apartment.

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In honor of "plain and boring weddings"

On our Facebook page, I recently asked readers what they wanted to see more of from Offbeat Bride. One reader chimed in immediately with this feedback: "I'd like to see more 'plain and boring' wedding pictures. I see lots of amazing decor and themes, but what about folks who consider getting married as the most important part of the wedding?"