I'm a sucker for bellydance weddings #Fashion#belly-dancing#colorful Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Oct 26 2009) Ariel arielmstallings Photo by Don Sharar This shot of a bellydancing bride rocking the dancefloor with one of her bridesmaids just makes me beam. I know there are people who HIRE bellydancers to perform for their weddings, but I think tribal bellydance regalia just makes gorgeous wedding attire … especially when the groom is rocking a tartan! And the color. Oh the color. THE COLOR: And the love. THE LOVE! Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the forthcoming From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings 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. She writes weekly essays for her new publication, The Afterglow. PREVIOUS Mandi & Neil's castle, cupcakes & tequila wedding NEXT Anli & Laura's Lesbian Gamer Geek Wedding Show/Hide comments [ 17 ] The second picture, I think, really captures the spirit of Offbeat Bride–why compromise all the things you really want in favor of blah when you can, instead, have it all?! Reply I only really come here to see things I can suggest to the large number of my friends getting married soon (and to secretly glean ideas for any hypothetical wedding I may have in the future, ha!) but as someone who has recently started tribal bellydance classes… I am in SO. MUCH. LOVE. Reply Awesome to see the bride doing her thing. …And it also helps me justify my desire to have a special wedding bellydance outfit for the reception! Yay! Reply It's so beautiful! I LOVE it!! Reply Wow! A friend just let me know that my husband Jason and I were featured here! The wedding took place at the Maryland Renaissance Festival on a very chilly, rainy October morning, with a rockin' reception to follow. My bridesmaids also wore Tribal regalia, with the groomsmen in kilts. I performed with my dance partner, and we also hired a professional troupe (Kallisti Tribal) to perform as well. It was a fantastic day, and we couldn't have wished for more! Christina Allen Page Reply <3MDRF Reply HOT! Gorgeous colors, sinfully good-looking couple, and a spirit of celebration and fun absent from all too many other weddings. Reply wowww…very colorful Reply Haha ok, these beautiful photos have inspired me to make a confession. The rough thing about reading OBB is that when I see a photo of a gorgeous lady in an amazing outfit, I can stop to admire…but I already know she's taken! Reply Yay!! So glad to see more bellydancing brides! I know I'm going to bellydance for my new hubby at the reception, but don't know what yet. Great inspirations at OBB 🙂 Reply Hi Ariel, I'm glad you liked the pictures I took of Christina's wedding! It was a blast to be there and take pictures of one of my best friends's happy day. Don Sharar Portland, OR Reply Hooray for bellydance weddings! I had been hoping to change into bellydance gear for my moulin rouge reception as my gorgeous but steel-boned corsetted dress is going to make dancing near-impossible – but it is the only thing I had received resistance on from my whole bridal party as it is 'inappropriate' for me to get my midriff out at my wedding… Hoping that these pics will reassure everyone that it will look lovely rather than tarty as everyone seems to expect! Thanks for posting this! Reply The Maryland Renn Fest?!?!? I just KNEW that background looked familiar! And that dude in the second photo down must be Cardinal Sinnius Vice! Wowzers, but I am jealous! Reply I can say that Christina is definitely original in every aspect in her life. And she definitely doesn't settle for boring and "normal"! She's a very amazing bellydancer, writer, AND jewelry designer, and it looks like she managed to make a lot of disparate things into a totally awesome wedding. Reply What a fabulous wedding! It just has it all! Reply So awesome to hear belly dancing is incorporated into a sacred marriage ceremony to express oneself ultimitely and expressively to to the one they love and all thier friends and family. I've been taking belly dancing classes & it shrunk my core 3 pant sizes going 1 hour a wk. for only 4 months! I used to take both karate & kickboxing at the same time & my core never shrunk that fast and it's a much more aggressive intensive workout that I've given up for dance! I wonder if I ever get married again if I would have the guts to belly dance at my own reception, maybe since my daughter is also trained in belly dance with me – it might be weird to some – but to us it's just really enjoying a celebration and a beautiful expression of the female body. Reply I have been bellydancing for 8 years now, so it has become a big part of my life. I thought about bellydancing on my weddingday, I let it slide becaue I'm afraid to do to much. After seeing this pictures my feet get itchy. I might do it anyway, nothing choreographed, just freestyle. It would be a good excuse to get out of the heavy weddingdress and shoes. No need to expose a midrif, there are loads of ghawazee coats that cover up ànd are still awesome. Ofcourse I hope my three bellydancing best friends will join me. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. 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