My 2008 halloween costume: YOU! #Wedding trends#birdcage veil#bouquet#cupcakes#fluevogs#halloween#peacock feathers#red dress#tattooed bride#top hat#wedding boots#wedding dogs#wedding veils Updated Nov 13 2015 (Posted Oct 31 2008) Ariel findyourafterglow After working on offbeatbride.com for almost two years now (and Offbeat Bride the book for another year before that!) I've started to see some definite trends in offbeat bride styles. I mean yes: we're all doing our own thang, but there are definitely elements that seem to pop up repeatedly in offbeat weddings. To celebrate this, I decided that this Halloween I would dress up as, well, YOU! I wanted to see how many offbeat bride trends I could pack into one outfit. No one in Seattle will get this costume at all — "goth drag queen?" "weird mary poppins?" — but I don't care. I did it for y'all because I love your style. SO, how many offbeat trends can you see in these shots? We'll start easy: Red wedding dress? Check. Actually a prom dress? Check. Purchased off eBay? Check! Related Post A colorful gothically delicious wedding in Newfoundland Are you up for an elegant industrial goth fix? Today is your day. Ashley and Paddy ooze delicious and colorful gothic energy in their 'til... Read more Oh, but there's SO much more… Tiny top hat? (Also from eBay!) Birdcage veil? That MAC lipstick everyone keeps raving about on the OBT? Check. Rockabilly-style tattooed chest-piece? (Granted, fake.) But check! Peacock feathers? Check. Hipster mustache? Check! Fleuvogs and skull detailing? Check! Headless groom/groveling bride? Check. Headless bride/groveling groom? Check. Coordinated wedding dog? Check. (That's my Li'l D, Sassafras!) Christy's classic "Just a minute, hon!" book shot? Check. And of course then there are the cupcakes. Offbeat brides looooove cupcakes, but perhaps none as much as me! (I recommend sliding the slideshow speed to 1 second/photo for maximum CUPCAKE HORROR!) And last but not least, Kambriel jacket for the full goth feel? CHECK! Very special thanks to my dear friend Ben Haley who so graciously took the time to play bridal portraiture with me to get all these ridiculous photos. SO! Offbeat Brides … any trends I missed? Maybe I'll do this every year, and we'll see what offbeat trends show up for Halloween 2009… 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 Wedding mustaches NEXT Beautiful dreadlocked bride Show/Hide comments [ 109 ] f'ing fantastic cupcake photo slideshow. i nearly peed my pants. Reply did you do a halloween 2009 shoot? Reply I didn't. I was massively pregnant and too exhausted. Reply LOL this is super funny but actually you look amazing! Just another reminder never to listen to the you'llll seeeeeee's (aka after you have a baby you'll never have a hot body again). Reply Check the date on the post — this was 2008. I'm not quiiiiite back to the pre-baby shape yet, but getting close! Reply I don't care if this was two years ago, it's still totally relevant! Love it <3 You rock this look 🙂 Reply ariel can you please do this again??? but you need to add robots and paper flowers. and take your pictures by graffiti 🙂 Reply I'm being a care bear for Halloween this year … but maybe I should think about doing this, too. 🙂 Reply The slideshow of you devouring that cupcake feindishly cracked me up! Bwahaha! Reply Read more comments ‹ 1 2 3 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. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.