Avoiding wedding fights: how to plan your wedding planning

Your engagement should be a joyful time. You have a lifetime ahead of you with the person you love. What could be better than to celebrate that love surrounded by friends and family? And yet, somehow things go awry. Conflicts flare. And the time that should be so happy — the build-up to your wedding — is fraught with possibilities for strife.

The good news is you can avoid most of the problems by planning your wedding planning. That's right. Plan how you're going to plan.

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Vintage science-themed wedding and elopement inspiration in this genderfluid shoot

Just wait until you see the dopamine-driven vision that came to fruition at this eclectic wedding inspiration in Seattle. Two breathtaking vintage-inspired dresses, opulent jewelry that will have you panting, lush flowers by that look plucked from a dreamy field, and organic nature-meets-science decor.

(Also, these photos are an awesome celebration of how partnerships come in lots of different sizes, shapes, and structures. You'll see…)

Dark Garden Corsetry: not all dark, and not just corsets!

Despite their name, San Francisco's legendary Dark Garden Corsetry isn't dark at all — it's a gorgeous light-filled space — and it's NOT just about corsets. They've got bras and dresses and accessories and and and SO MUCH EYE CANDY.

Since I already have a Dark Garden corset, on my most recent visit I decided to poke into their NON-corsetry products, and dear lawd…

Offbeat Bride on Labels of Love

Philosopher Carrie Jenkins recently interviewed me for her podcast, Labels of Love. In the six-minute segment, I talk about people's concerns over both halves of the Offbeat Bride name (there are problems with OFFBEAT and problems with BRIDE!), as well as why people prioritize wedding photography so much. The piece finishes a discussion of my work on my second book, and why I hope no one ever needs to read it.