"Barefoot and Hula Hooping" (Eugene Weekly)

January 11 2007 | arielmstallings

Offbeat Bride is taking Central Oregon media by storm! The Eugene Weekly published a great article about the book today, which emphasizes my obsession with all things geeky and web-interactive:

The book itself is not glossy, but Stallings' interactive website (www.offbeatbride.com) and her Flickr group (www.flickr.com/groups/offbeatbride/), where other "offbeat" brides can upload photos, take advantage of the whole Web 2.0 thing.

Read the whole piece!

The article also includes this quote:

"Entering into this event-planning process makes people who are really pretty traditional feel like complete freaks," [Stallings] says."

Dude, this is a key surprise for me when researching the book. Brides planning weddings that to my eye seems pretty straight-forward and traditional still found themselves battling over even the tiniest deviations from the norm. I'm reminded of one bride who was having a Catholic wedding, but wanted to have "Moon River" as her processional music. MOON RIVER, people. This is not a wild tune. But her idea was met with keen resistance because it wasn't "Pachelbel's Canon." Pretty remarkable.

(Oh and I love that the Eugene Weekly included a picture of Lisa Marie Grillos, one of my bridal lab rats who I interviewed for the book!)

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