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An intimate “Up” Adventure Party Leavenworth elopement with gluten-free pizza & donuts!

After we postponed due to COVID, many people asked if we were going to elope or downsize, but I was just so hesitant… I didn’t want to abandon all my wedding plans and dreams. By the end of 2020, I found myself actually considering an elopement.

When I asked Jeremy what he thought of the idea, he told me that all he cared about was marrying me (*heart eyes*) and I felt the same. At the end of the day, that’s all we wanted.

A quirky time travel transgender lesbian wedding

Time travel embraces change and innovation… that makes it the perfect wedding theme for these two. Jenn is a proud trans woman, an activist, a gamer geek, an IT professional, and an improv actor. Bree is a proud lesbian, a mom of two, a teacher of many, and a body positivity advocate.

Love has no size: a fat-positive inspiration shoot that may just change your life

Bridal body autonomy: My body is none of your business

…I looked at my mother and calmly but firmly said something along the lines of: “I am well aware of what my body looks like. I need you to not talk to me about this anymore. I don’t talk to you about your body. My body is not any of your business, only mine, so please don’t bring it up again.”

Mirror garland at a wedding as seen on @offbeatbride #ceremony #wedding #decor

DIY Mirror garland brings the pretty shinies to your ceremony

An eagle-eyed reader spotted the mirror garland hanging in the trees behind Matt and Jescia’s outdoor ceremony and demanded to know (okay, truth: politely and graciously asked) if the couple could share their DIY secret. Here’s what Jescia had to say.

Don’t have a vintage suitcase? Use a guitar case card box

Card boxes are a cute lil avenue for you to release some creative wedding energy. We should know — we’ve seen tons of the adorable things y’all have come up with. But let’s say you’re more into the idea of a vintage suitcase than creating your very own Card Monster. If you don’t have the time/energy/finances to seek out an elegant, timeless Samsonite, never fear. Do you know anyone who plays the guitar?

Potluck bouquet: Build a bouquet from flowers that guests bring

Instead of putting the bouquet together herself on her way to meet Martyn, Jess requested that a few loved ones arrive to the wedding with small bouquets of flowers that were special to them. Her sister arranged the many different flowers into one huge bridal bouquet right before Jess walked down the aisle.