A chat with offbeat wedding planning, Mama Hen organizing genius, Maven Macaw Events

When you're scoping out the selection of vendors for your offbeat wedding, there's one sign that ensures you're dealing with someone who knows how it goes… when they themselves had an offbeat wedding! That's definitely the case with our girl Beca Oliveira at Maven Macaw Events. So when we wanted to catch up with her to see how her amazing clients were rocking their weddings (with her pro guidance, natch!), we got the tea.

The trick to colorful, authentic, and totally you wedding photos? THIS Philly wedding photographer

Philly photographer Justin Heyes is one of our favorite wedding photographers with a seriously interesting background. Not only does he capture all kinds of amazing offbeat weddings, write as an industry expert for photography magazines, and generally own the space in creative photography, but he used to work with photography and lighting at QVC — yep, the home shopping channel. It gave him a really diverse array of skills when it comes to making stage lighting more exciting and capturing details. But will it translate to capturing your wedding? Just wait until you see the proof.

5 weddings that prove LA's Rawtography excels at stunning wedding photography and video

If there was ever a photo and video team who keeps us googly-eyed at the weddings they send our way, it's the LA-based superstars of Rawtography. They've captured some truly stunning offbeat weddings including one of the most amazing goth weddings, a natural history event complete with volcano, a wedding at the Houdini Estate, a Muppet extravaganza at Jim Henson Studios, and the incredible seafoam circus wedding of Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver-Van Dyke. Yep, THAT Dick Van Dyke.

Here are some of their favorite weddings (that are now ours', too!)…

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Think boudoir shoots aren't right for you? Then you've never seen radically inclusive boudoir

One thing that attracted me to the Offbeat Empire way back in the day was its focus on representation: through couples of color, those all along the gender spectrum, all types of LGBTQ+ couples and polyamorous relationships, all body sizes, all ages, and more. So when I saw that Hella Positive Pinup was one of our new partners, I gave an out-loud "fuck yes" while looking at the photos.

I'm pretty sure you're going to feel exactly the same way…