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Manolo for the Brides » Unusual Weddings http://manolobrides.com Manolo Loves the Brides! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:36:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Cut Up About Cardboard http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/23/cut-up-about-cardboard/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/23/cut-up-about-cardboard/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:21:16 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12253
Lauren Adkins requests the pleasure of your company at her wedding to a cardboard cutout of Edward Cullen on January 26, 2013 in a wedding chapel somewhere in Las Vegas, NV.

She doesn’t really. You’re not invited. Neither am I. But that’s how she intends to spend the day.

No, the laws haven’t changed to make this a legal ceremony, and she isn’t coming out as a huge Twihard. This is actually a piece of performance art intended to be part of her graduate thesis on how media shapes people’s ideals of the perfect relationship.

Adkins, 24 and a student at the University of Las Vegas finds herself intrigued with how books, films, and television tell us the story of what to look for in a mate. Funnily enough, when the story was picked up by the UK Metro, they entirely missed the point that this was a tongue in cheek piece of her thesis.

Lauren, best of luck with your thesis! Oh, and if you don’t mind, I’m going to wish you sparkles on that special day when you marry your cardboard vampire.

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Just In Case You Didn’t Get Enough Turkey Today http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/22/just-in-case-you-didnt-get-enough-turkey-today/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/22/just-in-case-you-didnt-get-enough-turkey-today/#comments Thu, 22 Nov 2012 20:55:34 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12248
Check out these pictures from a real wedding in 1948. The bride and her attendants wore turkey feather gowns. Oh, and as you can see, the happy couple were pelted not with rice, but with turkey feathers as they headed off to their future.

Gobble gobble!

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The Bride Wore a White Sheet http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/14/the-bride-wore-a-white-sheet/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/11/14/the-bride-wore-a-white-sheet/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:14:07 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12217
Meet Cynthia Reese and Michael Bof. This was their wedding day. It wasn’t quite what they’d originally planned, but they’re more than happy with it.

You see, a few weeks after Cynthia and Michael got engaged, they discovered Cynthia was pregnant. Figuring they would need the money they might have spent on a wedding more for raising their first child, the pair decided that sometime before the baby was born, they would just head down to City Hall for a bare bones wedding.

Then again, there didn’t seem to be a particular hurry… that is there wasn’t until monday when, at seven months pregnant, Cynthia’s water broke and she was rushed to the hospital in premature labor.

Doctors at Akron General Medical Center stabilized her condition, but told Reese she would have to remain in the hospital on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy.

The couple still wanted to be officially married before their child arrived, so Michael went and hunted up a Justice of the Peace who would be willing to do the honors in the hospital chapel on a moment’s notice.

And that’s when the care at Akron General got even more wonderful.

One of the nurses decided that Reese’s hospital gown was not good enough, so she fashioned a bed sheet into a sort of toga and belted it with a vitals monitor for something blue. The dietary department sent up brownies to fill in for a wedding cake. The gift shop provided chips and dip in lieu of a wedding feast, as well as some decorations. Another patient donated some baby’s breath from a bouquet she’d received so Cynthia could have something festive in her hair. A member of the medical photography department did the honors with the camera. Even a visitor to another patient volunteered to play the wedding march.

There was nothing elaborate or expensive. It wasn’t the stuff of a little girl’s dreams. It was better than either of those things. It was something money couldn’t buy: a spontaneous outpouring of generosity from strangers.

The next day, Michael Frederick Bof II was born, weighing in at four pounds, twelve ounces. Since he was born so early, he’ll spend the next two to three weeks in the hospital, and his parents expect to spend most of their time there, too. They’d like to take a honeymoon down the road, but it’s not their priority right now.

In fact, pretty much the only wedding-related plan Cynthia has is to store her very special wedding gown in her closet.

I hope you’ll join with me in wishing the Bof family many happy years in which they can always rely on the kindness of strangers… but won’t need to do so too often.

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Scotsmen In Love… and Other Cool Weddings http://manolobrides.com/2012/10/26/scotsmen-in-love-and-other-cool-weddings/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/10/26/scotsmen-in-love-and-other-cool-weddings/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:30:26 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=12097 Sometimes it’s fun to go wandering about on other wedding blogs and take a look at some of the great weddings they feature. Here are a few of my faves from the past week I’d like to share.

First up is a delightful wedding of two handsome Scotsmen in kilts named Chris and Eric, featured on A Practical Wedding.

Kilts, more kilts, a pretty outdoor spot, yet more kilts, people dancing Gay Gordons (and that really is a dance, in fact Mr. Twistie and I did it at our wedding, too) and lots of pretty pictures would have won this wedding a spot on the list anyway, but I love this quote from the grooms most of all:

If you ever wonder how many people love you and how much, have a wedding. You’ll know.

You know what else? That’s absolutely true.

Truly Engaging features the lovely wedding of Beverly and Daniel.

Why did I pick it and why did I illustrate it with the cake? Well, because that picture sums up the awesome attitude of the couple. A few things went wrong at their wedding. The weather didn’t cooperate with an outdoor reception, and the cake topper went missing. Never mind. They just took a flower here and a flower there and created a simple yet lovely topper of their own that fit perfectly with the relaxed feel of the entire wedding. There are some good shots that might inspire you to DIY projects that are both simple to carry out, easy on the wallet, and truly effective, too.

Also? There are a couple great shots of the groomsmen being totally badass. Check it out.

Speaking of badass, when was the last time you went to a wedding where the groom went crowd surfing? Check out the pics and story at Offbeat Bride of Danielle and Gonzalo’s fabulous, fun, bilingual wedding. I’m just sorry I missed that party.

The wonderful thing about a wedding is that it can be so many different things and still be a wedding. Take some inspiration, run with it, and have fun!

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Never Too Late for Wedding Photos? http://manolobrides.com/2012/09/30/never-too-late-for-wedding-photos/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/09/30/never-too-late-for-wedding-photos/#comments Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:07:01 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11981
Sometimes things don’t work out like you hoped… and then you have to decide whether to make what you really wanted happen anyway.

For Liu Fu, the dream in question was to have a beautiful wedding album filled with glamorous shots. It wasn’t in the cards when she married her late husband, Feng. The couple had little money, so they had a very small wedding. There was no funding for the sort of wedding album the bride had in mind.

In fact, there is not a single photograph of Liu’s wedding day.

The couple were happy and had four children together before Feng’s death some thirty years ago.

Now, at the age of seventy-six, Liu has the money to have the wedding album of her dreams, so she hired a photographer and a team of make up artists and wardrobe experts to create the photo session she wishes she had had all those years ago. Since the groom could not be a physical part of the proceedings, Liu dressed in men’s clothing for some of the shots so that he could be there in spirit.

Liu appears in the photos in both traditional Chinese dress and western dress for her album. Some of the photos show her as a Chinese empress, some as emperor, some in modern western bridal white, and some in 1920’s Shanghai male gangster threads.

Is this something I would do? No. I’m one of those people who thinks the moment is there and either you capture it then or you don’t. Time is ephemeral. It cannot be recreated, and I wouldn’t want to try.

But while there are plenty of people laughing at Liu, or vilifying her choice, I am not among them. She simply did something that mattered to her on a very personal level. It doesn’t hurt anyone. It makes her happy. It’s something she hopes her children will treasure to remind them of both her and their father when she’s gone.

Is it a foolish gesture? Perhaps. But I don’t think that really matters. I think it matters that she’s happy with her decision, that it reminds her of her late husband she loved so much, and that her lack of fear of the ridicule this engenders is an excellent example to her children and – I assume – grandchildren of how to be truly individual.

Rock on with your bad self, Liu Fu!

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Good Samaritans Samaritanned Right Back http://manolobrides.com/2012/09/10/good-samaritans-samaritanned-right-back/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/09/10/good-samaritans-samaritanned-right-back/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:58:47 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11896
Take a look at this lovely family portrait. Reading from right to left, that’s Melanie Cannon, Eddie Hanna, and Koda the pit bull mix.

Cannon and Hanna have been engaged for a while, but they’ve lost two wedding funds to emergencies. The first was spent on Hanna’s grandmother’s funeral. The two picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and started over again. Then they heard about an abandoned litter of puppies available for adoption at the Halifax Humane Society. They fell in love with Koda and adopted him.

Unfortunately, Koda, the runt of the litter, turned out to have serious health issues that aren’t covered by the pet insurance the couple got for him. Koda has liver shunt, a condition that will require expensive medications and treatments for life.

Cannon and Hanna love their dog. Of course they spent their second wedding fund on caring for Koda.

And that’s when a miracle happened.

Cannon and Hanna were married on saturday at a celebration estimated to have cost into the ‘tens of thousands’ of dollars, mostly donated by local vendors. The effort was spearheaded by the Halifax Humane Society.

Miguel Abi-hassan, executive director of the Halifax Humane Society, said they did it because Cannon and Hanna’s story ‘really hit home’ with the staff of the shelter.

Local vendors rallied around with flowers, catering, photography, and music, among other services to help the happy couple have the wedding of their dreams.

Sometimes nice people do finish first, and sometimes dreams come true with a little help from other nice people.

I hope you’ll all join with me in wishing the happy couple – and their very special pet – every possible joy.

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Til Death Us Do Part is for Sissies http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/29/til-death-us-do-part-is-for-sissies/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/29/til-death-us-do-part-is-for-sissies/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:14:26 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11846
(Illustration via Wedding Hairstyles HQ)

Today is the annual Zombie Attack in Louisville, Kentucky. It is also the wedding day of Jesse Embry and Jennifer Wilson. In fact, they will be married in a zombie ceremony during the Zombie Attack.

The story line the couple has devised is that they were on their way to their wedding when a horrible accident killed both of them and their entire wedding party… but they decided to get married anyway.

The happy couple will be attended by two zombie flower girls (Embry’s nieces) as well as zombie bridesmaids and groomsmen. They will be married by a zombie pope (a friend of the couple who is ordained). All members of the wedding party will wear makeup to mimic ghastly wounds and clothes that have been customized with scissors, dye, dirt and mud, even blowtorches to give that ‘just died in’ look.

Why choose this theme and this day? Well, turns out there’s a good, sentimental reason behind it all: Jesse and Jennifer had their first official date at Zombie Walk 2009.

They joked for a while about holding their wedding where they held their first day, but after a while decided it felt right and started the serious planning.

I hope you’ll all join with me in wishing them happiness and the best of undead luck.

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Will You Marry Me? Divorce Me? http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/05/will-you-marry-me-divorce-me/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/08/05/will-you-marry-me-divorce-me/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2012 14:16:03 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11754
There’s been a lot of talk over the years of the ‘disposable marriage’ and what high divorce rates say about us as a society, as human beings.

Well, if you happen to be in Washington, DC and anywhere in the vicinity of the Corcoran Gallery of Art on August 11 between the hours of 10am and 3pm, you can join in the discussion in a piece of performance art entitled Save the Date by Kathryn Cornelius.

For the piece, Cornelius will don a wedding gown and veil. Once every hour she will ‘marry’ someone and then immediately ‘divorce’ them. She intends to marry both women and men through the day. Her hope is that this will spur attendees to consider their own feelings and beliefs about weddings and marriage.

The performance is part of the Corcoran’s Take it to the Bridge performance art series, which, in turn, is part of Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran.

I don’t know about all of you, but this is a performance piece I would be curious to see.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed… http://manolobrides.com/2012/07/31/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/07/31/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:20:30 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11736
This is Lena Henderson and Roland Davis. They’re getting married on saturday in Buffalo, New York.

What’s so unusual about that? Well, there is the fact that the couple married as teenagers, had four children together, and divorced in 1964.

The article I read didn’t include any information on why they broke up in the first place, but that’s something of a moot point now, isn’t it?

What’s important is that since the divorce, Henderson and Davis have remained in touch and on good terms. In fact, when Davis’ second wife had issues with him, she turned to Henderson for advice as often as not.

A few months ago, Davis found himself widowed and alone in Colorado Springs. When his oldest daughter, Johnnie Mae Funderbirk, encouraged him to come visit the family back in Buffalo, he did. And he fell back in love with his first wife. She happily accepted the marriage proposal he made over the phone.

So at the age of eighty-five, they’ll tie the knot for a second time.

Here’s hoping that in this case, twice is a charm!

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If Mohammed Won’t Come to the Mountain…. http://manolobrides.com/2012/07/25/if-mohammed-wont-come-to-the-mountain/ http://manolobrides.com/2012/07/25/if-mohammed-wont-come-to-the-mountain/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:48:16 +0000 http://manolobrides.com/?p=11710 … then the mountain must come to Mohammed, right?

And if you’re in Las Vegas and don’t feel like going to the wedding chapel, well, now there’s a wedding chapel on wheels that will come to you.

The Las Vegas Wedding Wagon will meet you anywhere in Sin City to get you hitched for $99.00. Just call or text and tell them where you want to get married. All you need to provide is your own marriage license, and they’ll even help you with getting that on their handy website. Oh, and they do point out the license is unnecessary if you’re having a vow reaffirmation or a commitment ceremony. You only need it if this is a legal wedding ceremony.

Included in the price is a fifteen minute ceremony, the licensed minister, the witness, and up to five candid photographs. But for a little extra, you can buy matching tee shirts, too. There are no hidden fees, they announce on their website, but gratuities are cheerfully accepted if you feel like giving them one.

All in all, I’ve heard a lot worse ideas… like the Vegas firearms shop that features actual shotgun weddings.

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