Sword fights & purple kilts at this dance party wedding with an Oreo toast

Our wedding was held at a gorgeous hall that is owned by a Franciscan monastery, which has little details that make it look like a medieval church (in the middle of Washington D.C.!). My husband collects swords, so our cocktail hour featured friends from the HEMA Alliance (the society for Historical European Martial Arts) performing a demonstration of sword fighting through the ages.

This Washington DC wedding photography superhero is capturing love stories and hearts all over

If you're planning a Washington DC wedding, we've got the inclusive, offbeat-minded wedding photographer for you. We fell hard for Erika Nizborski when we saw that she was all about equality, embracing what makes you unique, and had her own offbeat wedding (so she totally gets it!). Her documentary style will tell the whole story of your day with tear-jerking candids and little funny, meaningful moments you'd never have found otherwise. It's my favorite kind of photography style.

Get your all-access pass to this music & dance wedding (with the drummer of the band SOJA!)

Lauren and Ryan's wedding was fun, energetic, and a true reflection of them. There was a ton of dancing (don't miss the shots of their choreographed family dance!), sneakers in place of dress shoes, fun catering stations like a taco bar and Asian bar, and donuts for dessert. Ryan is the drummer of the Grammy nominated band, SOJA, so they had "all access passes" made as a nod to their love for music.

Why this behind-the-scenes ninja & logistical badass is the wedding planner of your offbeat dreams

Sometimes an offbeat vendor just melts into our mindset so well that they've felt like they were always a part of us. That's exactly how I felt when listening to Meigh McNamee-Mahaffey, wedding planner extraordinaire, from Lula Mae Special Events. From month-of coordination to full-on event planning, this behind-the-scenes ninja and logistical badass is absolutely the right fit for offbeat couples…

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This rad pop-up wedding had glitter, sequins, and huge rainbow mural LOVE

We wanted something small that fit us, but could also include our children and family. We didn't want to just run off to the courthouse. We wanted it to be simple and stress-free. We bounced ideas of locations back and forth. Maggie from Pop! Wed Co. suggested the "LOVE" mural at Blagden Alley. We were in DC for New Years so we checked it out and fell in love with it.