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Be Different. Love Different. Wed in Weird Places.

DSC02752If you’re planning your wedding and don’t want to have the ceremony in the church or temple, etc., you’re often left with choices like your parents’ backyard or the golf course.

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!

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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

It is a weakness that I lead from my heart, and not my head?

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.

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3. Jenolan Caves – Australia

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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.

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4. The Edge of a Volcano – Santorini, Greece

Volcanic Island, Santorini

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!

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5. Runaway Bay – Jamaica

Jo @ Phill Keoghan eventDo you still have a yearning to get married on the beach, but find yourself faced with the dilemma of not wanting a plain old beach wedding?

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!”

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Strangers Touching Strangers

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.

View the whole series here. And read a great interview with Renaldi about the project here.

Pucker Up, Furry Lips! 10 Animals That Love to Kiss

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!

1. Squirrels!

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Squirrels “kiss” as a way of identifying one another, sniffing his partner’s neck gland for a familiar scent.

2. Meerkats!

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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!

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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.

4. Puffins!

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“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!

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Blue vervet monkeys “kiss” as part of a greeting – before play or grooming –  by touching their muzzles together.

6. Polar Bears!

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Polar bears may “kiss” one another to show affection, especially in the spirit of reconciliation.

7. Chimpanzees!

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Observations of chimpanzees report that after a fight, members of this species make up by embracing and kissing one another!

8. Snails!

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While mating, a snail caresses its partner’s antennae as an expression of emotion.

9. Cows!

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Cows will “kiss” one another for hours as a show of their affection.

10. Elephants!

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When two elephants meet, each “kisses” by affectionately sticking its trunk in the other elephant’s mouth.

An Adorably Artsy Anniversary

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.

The photos were taken by the supremely talented Nina Barry. Be sure to check out her other work on her blog as well as another version of the layout here! Hooray!

The Kiss Hello

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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?”

Identity Confirmed of Sailor in Times Square Kiss

sailor-kissAfter returning home from a tour of duty at sea, Life Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstadt took this, perhaps the most famous photograph of two people kissing. The kiss symbolized so many emotions — an emotional release through which the entire nation could vicariously rejoice. The soldier and the nurse, in the middle of Times Square in 1945, were part of the very backbone of the American war effort. Years later the sailor came forth and identified himself as Glenn McDuffie.

Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson worked hard to find evidence that McDuffie was the sailor in the famous photograph. After a detailed investigation, it’s her official verdict that McDuffie, 80, is the man in the 1945 image.

Gibson said she thinks McDuffie’s claim is bolstered by his explanation for why the sailor’s left hand and wrist are twisted around the nurse’s face. He said he realized someone was taking the picture, so he moved his wrist and hand so the nurse’s face could be seen.

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Source: Lozano, Juan A., “Forensics help identify sailor in famous kiss photo,” Associated Press, Aug 4, 2007

9 Gigantic Hearts in Nature

Looking to spark a little romance with the attractive lady/fellow in the plane seat next to you?

Glancing at the window and spotting one of these Giant Hearts might just get things moving in the right direction.

Freedating.co.uk has put together a terrific visual tour of Gigantic Hearts seen from above complete with spiffy Google Maps of each location!

View all 9 hearts here:

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photo: Heart Shaped Mangrove, Voh, New Caldoni: Yann Arthus Bertrand