Reader photo from someone who's been following my weird-ass advice for 15 years #Reader Mail#burning man#reader photos Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jul 1 2013) Ariel arielmstallings Photo by Mischa Photography My business card from 1997 (that phone number was totally a fucking PAGER!) You guys, we all know I'm a sucker for reader photos of folks with my book, but this one has extra special meaning for me because Emily, the bride pictured, explained: "I've been taking your advice since the Lotus Magazine days. My wedding planning wouldn't have been nearly as fun without you." Lotus Magazine, for those of you who weren't West Coast ravers in the late-'90s, was the electronic dance music magazine where I started my writing career. It was a tiny publication, and it's amazing that anyone still remembers it… so thanks, Emily! Oh, and Emily and Steve actually had two weddings… The first wedding was a spiritual ceremony with our tribe present at Burning Man 2011 in front of the temple at sunrise; the second was our legal wedding with our families present in August 2012 in our hometown Sacramento, which is where we snapped the pictures with my copy of Offbeat Bride. Yeah, and you KNOW I have to share the photo from the spiritual ceremony… (It should go without saying that I love to see photos of y'all reading the book! Be sure to submit yours to Offbeat Bride's Flickr pool…) 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 Renegotiating your marriage with a yearly "relationship summit" NEXT My wedding helped me decide what to do with my dress Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] i love it when people have spiritual weddings. my FH and I are planning what we call the "social ceremony" which is the big shebang with all the relatives and the big cake and the dancing and such, and then we're having a private ceremony just for the two of us. Reply Yay burners! My fiance and I are having 3 ceremonies: family, spiritual, and burner. We got engaged at Alchemy the GA burn last September so we are doing a burner ceremony at the Temple at Alchemy this year. Reply BOTH of those wedding photos are great! I love the contrast, and yet the personality of the couple shows in both. Reply Haha I clicked open this post, and I was like "Aww, how adorably Offbeat Lite. *scrolls down* Oh! How adorably Offbeat, too!" The ol' Lite n' Switch. Reply LITE N' SWITCH! Ha. 🙂 Reply What a beautiful couple! Congrats. 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. 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.