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Our wedding dresses were on fire, but that wasn't the most dangerous part

I just had my wedding two weeks ago. It was a pretty standard, boring wedding thing, except for one dangerous thing. Both my wife and I are fire performers and decided to burn our dresses for an amazing shot. Together we worked on and got an amazing photo that could have resulted in major injury or death and still could if done again. Come to find out, it was a dangerous photo, but not because of the fire…

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Some of the best alternative wedding Instagram accounts we could find

We love the wedding community on Instagram and how it's grown to be a place to find vendors, like-minded couples, and endless inspiration… even for us offbeat and alternative types! There are WAY too many amazing accounts to list here, but I decided to go digging to see who's still rockin' it, who's new and hypable, and share some of the best alternative wedding Instagram accounts we could find.

Challenging "normal" wedding planning when I lost my mother while engaged

I considered myself to be an "ordinary bride," that is until my mother died, and then I discovered that the definition of normalcy is what you deem appropriate, especially when it comes to wedding planning.

For the first few months after she died, it was only natural that my upcoming nuptials were the furthest thing from my mind. Then, as the year of my wedding date began to approach, suddenly friends and family became concerned that I wasn't living up to being a "traditional bride." It begs the question: what's traditional?

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Love has NO color

My color has always defined me for as long as I can remember. I am a very dark, black woman. If you’re aware of what’s been happening to my people and women (since the beginning of time) who look like me, you may know exactly what this means. I’M A VERY DARK, BLACK WOMAN — enough said. Being me comes with a lot of judgement and I’ve had my fair share of ridicule.

Cue years of self-doubt, years of undoing the very horrible thoughts you created in your head because you actually started to believe the things that were being spewed at you for years on end. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and cue the love of my life…

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This dancer bride cast her bridesmaids in a bachelorette party music video

In "bachelorette parties we could never dream of having" news, bride Jana B. managed to craft a full-scale DANCE MUSIC VIDEO with her bridesmaids. Caveat: Jana is a professional dancer and her crew (from dancers to dentists!) is clearly willing and able to pull this off. Could most of us do it, too? Hell no. Is it fun to watch? Hell yes…