Brittany Wager's jam-band campout wedding weekend #Real Weddings: Southern US#camping#hippie#wedding weekend#west virginia January 14 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel The offbeat bride: Brittany Wager, Audio Engineer (and Offbeat Bride lab rat!) My offbeat groom: Steve Wager, Web Consultant Location & date of wedding: August 2002 at the Buffalo Gap Camp in Capon Bridge, West Virginia — the same place where we met at the All Good Music Festival in 2000. What made our wedding offbeat: Since we met at a music festival, we wanted to recreate that atmosphere. Once we booked the location everything else sort of fell in to place. We had the campground from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, so we invited everyone to join us for the whole weekend — not just the day of the wedding. We had a bonfire and jam on Friday night, a cookout and open mic at the lake on Saturday afternoon, and one of our favorite bands played three sets after the wedding. Getting everyone together so far ahead of the actual ceremony was wonderful. They all knew each other very well before the "main event" and it helped to being together our different groups of friends and family into one community. I put a lot of focus into the music and making sure that everyone would be comfortable and have a good time. I didn't spend too much time on things like linens, centerpieces, food, etc. In the end people don't tend to remember those things anyway. Our biggest challenge: We didn't have any wedding "staff" except for the few people who worked at the campground — a cook and a groundskeeper. As we got closer to the date of the wedding we kept thinking about little things that would need to be done, like cutting the cake and bussing dishes after dinner. Before the wedding we gave everyone who was willing to help out a job to do. We had friends and family help us decorate and tear down, friends who poured the champagne for the toasts, and my sister in law even passed out glow sticks and put some on hula hoops when it got dark! In the end it worked out well, and made everyone feel involved. My favorite moment: I left the reception for a moment, and when I was walking back I saw the dance pavilion all lit up. Everyone was dancing, the band was on fire, and it just seemed to be radiating so much energy and joy. My offbeat advice: Figure out what is really important to you before sharing your plans with other people. Don't let traditional wedding vendors talk you into something you don't really want. If you aren't comfortable working with someone, find someone else! Remember that even though the wedding is supposed to be all about you and your spouse, you need to factor in consideration for people your wedding is really important to. We had to be flexible on some things out of respect for our more elderly family members. In the end I'm glad we did. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Great pictures of Brittany's bands, flower "girl," and hula hooping guests over here. Are you an offbeat bride? Tell me all about it, darling! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Husbands changing their last names NEXT Fiori Floral Design Toggle comments [ 3 ] Hey Brittany! Just found your site…thank you for the advice! My partner and I also met at a fabulous music festival so we also want to do something "our style". Money is a huge factor in our plans, so any other advice for our Aug18th wedding would be fabulous. Thanks. Allison 0 agree Reply Unbelievable,,,I was Steve's roommate frosh and soph years at UGA. If you get this please let Steve know and have him drop me a line 0 agree Reply My BF and I met at a very tiny music festival ourselves and plan to do something similar. Terrific wedding! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.