Cute proposals + technology abound and today’s involves everyone’s favorite recommendation engine: StumbleUpon.
If you don’t like either of those options, you may consider having a destination wedding. So, if you want to go with that option and you’re super rich, you have a ton of options. How fun!
You don’t have to have your wedding on a beach or on some other country’s golf course. You can have it in some really strange place that’ll give the two of you a wedding to look back on in awe and disbelief for the rest of your long lives together.
Now, some of these places may too unique and end up dissuading your guests from attending the ceremony, but they’d honestly be missing out on an intensely entertaining experience.
What you need to decide is if you want your wedding to be one that will bore even you, and that your guests might confuse with someone else’s…
Or, if you want it to be…let’s say, underwater!
Let these 5 venues blow your mind with their specialness!
1. Absolut Icebar – London, UK.
Get married in a room that’s kept a constant -5 ºF, where everything is created out of crystal clear ice, harvested from the Torne River in Northern Sweden.
Worried you’ll be cold? Don’t be! You’ll get to wear a thermal hooded cape while you’re inside. And you’ll still be snazzy…it’s a designer cape!
2. “Island of the Gods” – Bali, Indonesia
Dive into an underwater, tropical paradise and have a Bali Dive Wedding! It doesn’t matter if you or your guests aren’t scuba certified, as most packages include a scuba lesson, given the day before your wedding.
3. Jenolan Caves – Australia
Let your vows resound in one of Australia’s wonderfully acoustic caves!
The ambiance is unparalleled due to its majestically sloping limestone walls and ceilings. You can fit up to 25 guests in The Orient or Temple of Baal caves and there’s no need to swim or feel chilly!
Just don’t seat guests beneath any pointy stalactites, if you can help it.
4. The Edge of a Volcano – Santorini, Greece
This Greek volcanic island is apparently a new hot spot for destination weddings. It’s not only gorgeous, but full of suspense, too.
You never know when the volcano’s going to erupt. If and when it does, though, you and your beloved will be the first to know!
5. Runaway Bay – Jamaica
Then do it naked!
In Jamaica, there’s a nudist beach that holds such events. You’ll find out way more about the guests who do end up attending!
And if you get embarrassed, you can be a part of their mass nudist wedding on Valentine’s Day!
Go on and give a whole new meaning to the label “blushing bride!”
While we touch those we are close with regularly and freely, touch among strangers remains taboo in our culture. We are apt to apologize for accidentally brushing a strangers hand or pull away quickly should our knees touch the person seated next to us.
Consequently, there’s something very moving about these portraits by photographer Richard Renaldi in which he asks strangers to touch other strangers.
There is a certain shock value to seeing people together that we would normally view as from different worlds – but beyond that, these photographs evoke the potential for intimacy that we all possess should we bridge the gap of space and custom a little more often.
Pets give us so much, make sure to give the pet in your life a little extra love today.
(If you know who the artist of this illustration is, please let us know – we’d love to give them credit!)
As it turns out, humans aren’t the only animals accustomed to planting kisses on one another. Check out the following photo compilation for ten different species who also get caught up in the moment!
Squirrels “kiss” as a way of identifying one another, sniffing his partner’s neck gland for a familiar scent.
In a group, meerkats often groom and “kiss” the faces of their alpha members, both after they’ve been scent-marked as subordinate, and when certain members return to the group after a brief separation.
3. African Gray Parrots!
Many parrot breeds (including the African Gray Parrot above), “kiss” one another in the wild out of acceptance, affection, and/or attachment – sometimes this may include one parrot’s (all too generously) sharing its nearly-digested lunch with its partner.
“Billing,” the technical term for puffin kissing, consists of two puffins rubbing their beaks together; it is typically performed when the two begin their courting. And because puffins are so community-oriented, it’s said that a couple engaging in billing is wont to attract an audience of puffin spectators around them!
5. Blue Vervets!
Blue vervet monkeys “kiss” as part of a greeting – before play or grooming – by touching their muzzles together.
6. Polar Bears!
Polar bears may “kiss” one another to show affection, especially in the spirit of reconciliation.
Observations of chimpanzees report that after a fight, members of this species make up by embracing and kissing one another!
While mating, a snail caresses its partner’s antennae as an expression of emotion.
Cows will “kiss” one another for hours as a show of their affection.
When two elephants meet, each “kisses” by affectionately sticking its trunk in the other elephant’s mouth.
This super cute anniversary-present/photo spread shows that creativity knows no bounds when it comes to expressing love.
Floral designer Cori Cook posed for these shots as a present for her 3rd anniversary.
We just adore this ‘Anatomy of Love‘ 11″x14″ illustrated art print created from an original gouache painting by Anna Bond. Each print is archival printed on 100% cotton rag paper and signed. Available at the Rifle Paper Co. here.
While we’re at it, her personalized stationary with a custom-painted portrait of you is pretty neat too!
photo and accompanying quote selection by: Michael Shane (michaelbshane.com)
Elaine: “What is the big deal about putting your lips on somebody’s face?”
Jerry: “It’s the obligation. You know, as soon as this person comes in, you know you have to do this. I mean, if you could, say, touch a breast as part of the kiss hello, then I think I could see the value in it a little better.”
Elaine: “How about an intercourse hello? How would that be?”
This charming piece is by the quite talented Christopher Bettig.
Bettig is a French/American artist living in Los Angeles. He has done commercial work for Converse, Urban Outfitters and Fila.
I love what he does here with color, how his blue lines intermix with white space and obviously the concept of two lovers becoming one through in shape of a heart is adorable.