Seattle, SF, Denver: see you at Lovesick Expos very soon! #Features#denver#events#san francisco#seattle#wedding expo Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 23 2014) Ariel findyourafterglow If you've been reading for a while, you know that we've teamed up this year with the Lovesick Inc boys to spread guy-friendly, gay-friendly, offbeat-friendly wedding expos across the US. I spent the past two weekends back east at the Lovesick Expo shows, womanning the Offbeat Bride booth (which was really just me sitting on a table) in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Boston. The expos were FUCKING AMAZING, building to a personal climax for me in Boston this past Sunday where I danced so hard in my heart shoes that I still can't feel two of my toes. Me and the two founders of Lovesick, Tom & Jon. (Photo by Yaritza Colon) When I first got in touch last year with the Lovesick Inc guys about teaming up, my business pitch basically went like this: "Look, fuckers: I'm sick of all my readers getting to attend your shows and loving them. I want in, and I'm bringing you to the West Coast." And now here we are, me and the two founders of Lovesick, sort of the alt-wedding business partnership equivalent of a lesbian polyamorous triad (except for two of us are men, and we're all married to members of the opposite sex… but these are trivialities!). After a year of scheming and Google+ Hangouts, I'm finally getting my wish! The Lovesick Expo is heading west, starting this weekend in my hometown of Seattle… This weekend: Seattle (Jan. 26, 2014) The Seattle show is already getting a ton of attention, with our local alt-weekly (Dan Savage's The Stranger) calling it "the Non-Gross Wedding Expo." (If you know The Stranger, which is infamous for its snark, this is practically the nicest thing they've said about anything ever.) We'll be at Axis Pioneer Square this Sunday January 26th with 30 of our favorite local bad-ass wedding vendors, many of whom you know… we're talking offbeat-famous folks like Wai-Ching, Shindig Events, A la carte Albums, The Plumed Serpent, Jenny GG, Jonas Seaman, Carly Bish (she of that wedding I crashed), Jaylee Photography, and SOOoOooOO many more. Like all Lovesick Expos, there will be a bar and burlesque, and as an added bonus, I convinced my acrobat husband to do a handbalancing performance, so we can all gawk at this. You can get your tickets here. Next month: San Francisco & Denver (Feb. 16th & 23rd, 2014) But wait, wait, wait! The fun doesn't stop in Seattle. After a few weeks off for recuperation and the Super Bowl, the Lovesick/Offbeat party (Lovebeat?) will continue on… Sunday February 16th, we'll be descending upon San Francisco. I'm super excited about this show, because Megan is driving up from LA to attend, so it won't just be me sitting on a table and talking people's faces off for four hours… it'll be TWO of us sitting on a table talking people's faces off for four hours! Sunday February 23rd, the whole shebang will wrap up in Denver. This is the only show that I won't be making it to (I've been working so much that my poor son is basically like, "I am a little boy who lives alone with his daddy."), but Megan, Stephanie, AND Catherine (aka Superman) will be there and I'm sort of jealous because I'm anticipating that by this point I'll already be going through Lovesick withdrawals. I think my favorite quote about Lovesick came from Boston, where a friend of a Tribesmaid stopped dancing with stilt-walkers long enough to come tell me, "I'm not even getting married, but this is just the best fucking party I've been to in ages." Pretty much exactly that, exactly. We can't wait to party with some of you soon! Buy tickets (And for those of you asking: yes, I'm already in talks with the boys about where the shows will be happening in 2015. I have my target cities and they have theirs. We'll see what happens!) Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new 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. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Gender-neutral bridal party invitation boxes NEXT Hannah & Chuck's self-uniting historic boat wedding Show/Hide comments [ 28 ] I WISH I WAS GOING TO LOVESICK. I hope next year they go to Chicago… or maybe even Toronto?! Reply I gunned for Chicago so SO hard this year… Reply So, I know that Florida is God's waiting room, but there are plenty of offbeat brides who need a Lovesick down here! Please get a Tampa/Orlando/Miami one in the works! Reply I wish I was going too 🙁 Denver is too far for this Iowan. I second Chicago! Reply Don't leave out the Southerners! Reply Woo, I've been quoted on Offbeat Bride! I meant every word, I had a goddamn ball at Lovesick. Every event should have dancing with stilt-walkers. I also showed Ariel the bruise I got on my finger from hitting my ring when I was clapping too hard. MY APPRECIATION WAS SO SERIOUS THAT I INJURED MYSELF. Reply ARGH! I WANNA BE THERE!!! You need to bring this shit to New Zealand, Ariel. Srsly. Reply Dude, I said the same thing to Ariel the other day. I'm pulling for some International jams, for sure. Hashtag "excuse to travel!" Reply Please come here. New Zealand is where it's at. You can even have it at my house. Haha. But srsly. NZ. Come here. Reply Hey, looks so fun! I am in the Bay and was getting all excited about the SF stop….but looking at the "talent" page there is sort of a small handful of vendors, mostly photogs it seems. Do you know if any more will be added? Thanks! Reply Hey! Not all of the vendors are posted yet. Every show will feature about 30-40 vendors! Reply Great, thanks Tom! Back on the calendar! Reply My friend and I (well, mostly my friend) are at 00:42 in the video! Neat! 😀 Reply Ariel, you are going to miss out SO HARD on Denver, because Meghan's booze bra. Reply GAH BOOZE BRA. Why did you have to remind me!? Reply I'm waiting for the moment that someone actually mistakes my DDs for an ACTUAL booze bra. 😉 Reply I saw me & my larval husband in there (watching the burlesque performance)! 🙂 Reply So exciting that cool events are coming to the West…now we just need to add Portland Oregon to the mix. =) Reply Come up to Seattle! I know our editor Stephanie is considering catching the bus up…. Reply I second Portland OR. I'm driving up to the seattle show, but an event like this would be very well received down here too. Reply I am busing up! Super excited. Reply I am so excited for Lovesick in Seattle! I'm driving down from Vancouver and it's going to be awesome. Reply I hope that Boston is on the list for next year. 😀 😀 We had SUCH a great time. <3 Reply How about coming to Vegas? Plenty of Offbeat here! 😉 Reply I know St Louis would love some of this action! Reply I SEE ME AND MY GROUP O' PEOPLE! Reply I'm desperately trying to find a list of all the vendors they had at the Seattle expo, any help or just a list would be awesome! I particular the wholesale florist that was there. Reply You can check out all of the previous vendors at this link. 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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