Funky instruments & muted flowers at this dark and eclectic inspiration shoot at an old Brooklyn theater

I love how this inspiration shoot combines the traditional with the ultra eclectic, which seems to really reflect what's happening in offbeat weddings right now. We're all about embracing traditions we feel resonate and tossing out what doesn't. The best part of this shoot for me was the venue: a dusty old theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn, called the Jalopy Theater. Think tons of funky instruments, dark and shadowy corners, and a wedding vibes that totally matches.

Connect to Your Badass: the many ways this photographer connects you to your inner best self

If you've been a reader, well EVER, since 2008 or so, you've probably seen the work of our partner in memory-making, Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography. We've featured his skillful and artistic wedding work, of course, but also his insight into photography methods and how to make the most of your wedding photography. He's an institution around here and we'd trust any wedding in his capable hands.

A dreamy, handcrafted fall farm wedding in the Catskills

Lauren and Olivia (aka "Chicken") had the most dreamy farm wedding with epic views of the Catskill Mountains. We're talking rustic nature-inspired centerpieces, a rich autumn color palette, and a a rainbow effect in the bridesmaids dresses.

Don't miss the farm animals milling about, the lawn games, the handcrafted details, Olivia's chicken cufflinks(!), and these two gorgeous people in love…

Clashes of steel at this choose-your-own-adventure warrior wedding complete with a quest

As James and I met in martial arts, and one of our favorite things to do is go to Renaissance festivals, we decided to put a good third of our budget to awesome custom armor sets. We special-ordered swords. I made my own scabbard. We commissioned one of my favorite artists for custom illustration made into our tapestry.

We did our own simple decorations and set up. The ONE RULE for all attendees was that they had to come in some sort of costume (yes, even the officiant). The theme? "Choose your own adventure." We were not disappointed, and had an amazing time.