Oh, rural mountain views… you tease us with your splendor and ability to lure in gorgeous tiny weddings like this one. Cowboy boots, acoustic guitars, and carrot cake await you. The flowers, campfire, and sunny weather just taunt you. And we're all falling in love with these sage-wielding, poem reading yogis and Deadheads.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of small wedding posts.
Lori and Rachel did their own thing and got married in a friend's backyard in Los Angeles. What's especially awesome is that each bride also did her own thing with her individual look: Lori wore a smart-looking black suit with an amazing white collar, Rachel was in a yellow sundress with bare feet, and they each completely rocked their unique style.
These two are killing it with cute. You have to see their green and blue matching vest outfits and the bride's pants outfit with heels and a feather hair clip. Though this wedding had some serious grief surrounding it, they were still able to have a fantastic time with immediate family, lots of rough-housing in the photos, and some carrot cake vows and Chapstick ceremony sweetness. Yep… Chapstick.
Christine and Jim married each other on a private residence in Washington, surrounded by just 13 loved ones. Old-fashioned Western romance is simply everywhere you look: Christine's lace dress was made from a repurposed Quaker tablecloth (how cool is that!); huge, pale roses show up in everything from bouquets to paper cones for confetti; her daughters surprised her by wearing matching peach lace; even the candy boxes had lace hankies!
This wedding took a sharp turn when an unexpected and tragic loss occurred. But through it all, this pair planned one of the loveliest weddings we've seen, with sunset views, organic and beautiful masks, and an evening candle ceremony. It may have been a bittersweet day, but they made it as sweet as could be.
Brian and Rebecca opted for a small wedding in Philadelphia last November. They had no wedding party, and a friend MCed their self-uniting ceremony. Sounds quite cozy and intimate, yes? Prepare yourself to be blown away by the awesomeness that was their reception. Guests ate dinner from tiny white takeout boxes — complete with chopsticks — before belting out karaoke alongside Brian and Rebecca all night long.
Dee and Deb had already been together for 24 years when they married each other in upstate New York on a literal blue moon. Time flies — this August will mark another two years since their wedding! The couple kept things very simple, purchasing rings, clothing, and a few items for the ceremony online. The ceremony itself looks fascinating, with rituals that involved sharing drinks from a chalice, a handfasting, and jumping the broom. Dee and Deb shared an intricate cake, showcasing phases of the moon, and a toast to cap the intimate occasion.
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.
Sun, sand, tattoos, and a black tulle dress… sounds like a perfect mix of bad-assery and flippin' beauty. Add in the sweet family-centered ceremony, bright pink hair, and delicious after-party, and we're in for an economical celebration of lurve. Plus, the matching flower girl dresses are sweet as pie.
Bethany and Brandon got married last September at a private vineyard in Napa Valley, with no more than a couple of photographers and an officiant to witness the ceremony. The couple sneaked away to California for a "vacation" that they only told one person about. You might feel lulled into relaxation by the casual elegance of Brandon and Bethany's elopement, but try to stay alert for a few cool details. For example, Brandon made their burlap wedding banner as a surprise for Bethany. Also, there are definitely photos of bridal grape stomping waiting for you after the jump. But my favorite detail? Check out their officiant's vestment stole.
I'll say it again: a-frickin-dorable. Lise was seven months pregnant when she married Sam in a California backyard last November, and now I just want to see more cute moms-to-be in combat boots, please. Preferably with short hair dyed to match their wedding colors (black and red, y'all!).
Once you've stopped cooing over how cute Lise and Sam are together, may I direct your attention to a few particularly stunning details? For example, a family friend put together Lise's incredible bouquet. How COOL are those long chains dangling from the fabric flowers? Keys and brooches are hiding out in the mix as well.