As a wedding photographer I pretty much love engagement sessions — for me, they're a great way for me to get to know the couple I'm working with and for the couple to get to know me. For couples, they're a fun way to capture a period in your life that DOESN'T directly involve the wedding — it's just you and yours, doing your thing. Engagement photos also often serve a second purpose: you can make really amazing save the date cards using the photos from your session. That is, assuming you like the photos in the first place! So how can you make sure you love your engagement photos?
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of zombies posts.
This pair of rockabillies wanted to go all-out with retro style: record place settings, cake centerpieces with tattoo designs, pin-up and greaser stations (for timely coifs!), and a killer band. You have to see what the groom did at the reception to surprise the bride. Let's just say it involves Elvis. Oh, and I think the groom's "cake" will appeal to some of you.
When the "something blue" in a wedding is a big blue streak in the bride's hair, you know you're in for some fun. Don't miss the custom Batman Converse, the retro fabulous bridesmaids dresses, and the zombie references. Oh, and wait until you see the cake they won in a contest! Free cake is good… free AMAZING cake is awesome.
This one is going to be right on the money for you couples planning Halloween weddings right now. We've got two ladies celebrating their favorite holiday, a black ribbon veil, amazing black pumpkin bouquet, and of course, Central Park in New York City! Plus, they had The Reverend D (rad Offbeat Bride vendor) officiate dressed as ELVIRA! And there may have been a wedding crashing zombie in attendance as well.
Checker cabs, pizza, and Italian ices: it's NYC, baby! This pair comes from traditional New York Italian families, so offbeat was definitely a new concept. But they managed to combine a zombie cake, Mr. Met, and late-night nosh with getting ready at the bride's childhood home and familiar wedding traditions. Plus, you'll love the bride's vows to her new stepchildren.
This has got to be one of my most favorite wedding party photos of all time! These gals are all adorable and, from brides to bridesmaid (I'm lookin' at YOU pinkie), I'm digging their hairstyles! In fact, this whole week of reader pics from our Flickr pool was all about hair.
We have bright red hair, purple hair that matches a book arch, a long-haired groom, and this adorable pink haired up-do. Lookie:
A Friday the 13th wedding with a zombie-inspired ceremony, and skull details (including matching tattoos!) — this means a pretty rad and gothic wedding with tons of gorgeous touches. And wait until you get a load of their reception dance-fest details: an LED dance floor AND a must-see Dance Dance Revolution arcade setup, which led to a most excellent impromptu group dance to Grease songs!
This pair had a small wedding with BIG personality: a carnival-themed wedding with retro rockabilly style. There are lots of DIY projects to ogle, including the bride's brooch bouquet, crochet bouquets, button bouquets (so much bouquet love!), a colorful candy buffet, and circus-style banners. Step right up and feast your eyes on the spectacle!
This amazing glow-in-the-dark zombie-infested wedding is brought to you in part by SCIENCE! The offbeat groom gives us all the deets — including how the couple walked back down the aisle and straight into the Apollo test capsule. Find out how they made their unity ceremony glow and tune in to find out what song zombies will instinctively break into… hint: it'll give you a thrill!
Get your candy out because it's Halloween Week! We've got zombies, ghosts, and gore in our weddings. Today we have a three-part celebration with Halloween flair (and a zombie dog!). You'll definitely want to check out the Halloween cakes too. And see how the bride uses a tie clip as a memorial in her bouquet!