Amber's two weddings — one pagan handfasting, one all-American BBQ #Real Weddings: Western US#handfasting#holiday#salt lake city#two weddings#utah August 20 2007 | Ariel arielmstallings In Offbeat Bride, I talk about the concept of having two weddings — this couple took that concept to the extreme! Opposites really do attract — and get married. The offbeat bride: Amber, Cosmetologist My offbeat groom: Scott, Construction worker Location & date of wedding: Two locations in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2006: a friend's home on The 4th of July, and in a park for Beltane with a maypole. What made our wedding offbeat: We had two weddings, mine and his. Mine was a pagan handfasting ceremony on Beltane, complete with fairies and a maypole and a priestess named Heron. His was a patriotic 4th of July bar-b-que, complete with surprising American Flag ensemble. Our biggest challenge: Wondering if all the American flags would clash in the pictures was my fear. My husband to be did not know that I had such an extravagant wedding dress. He thought that it would just be white. Boy did he get an eyeful when I came down the stairway of my friend's home! My favorite moment: Being wrapped in the maypole at the Handfasting — and my soon-to-be husband's eyes when he saw me coming down the stairs on the 4th of July! My offbeat advice: Disregard the negative comments that your family may make and do what you want! Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: You've got two choices: do you want to see the Beltane handfasting ceremony or the 4th of July wedding? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Author of the Offbeat Bride book, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. You can get to know her better on her Insta stories. PREVIOUS Floral hairstyle NEXT Game over t-shirts Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] Cool times, I like the outfits. Reply I'm so bummed that some of the pictures are private. I wanted to get a better look at your BBQ dress! Reply Thanks we had a blast !! I will make some public sorry 🙂 Reply I BEG YOU TO TELL ME WHERE YOU GOT THE DRESS!? I have searched the internet and cannot find the source…PLEEEZZE!! Reply I'm late to the party, but how did you get that maypole to work? It's enormous. Reply […] Amber and her American flag wedding dress is one great example of an offbeat bride with an aesthetic opposite from mine … but I loved that she split her wedding into two: half pagan/half country. The American flag wedding dress was counterbalanced by the beltane handfasting in white gowns that she and her husband did as part of the same celebration! […] Reply Dear Amber, I love your dress my husband is coming bck from Iraq for our anniversary at the military ball, Where did you get your dress I can not find it any where and I already have my heart set on it. email@example.com Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.