Tracy Ducasse's bee-friendly backyard nuptials #Real Weddings: Northeast US#backyard#massachusetts March 7 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel The offbeat bride: Tracy Ducasse, Registered Nurse (and Offbeat Bride lab rat!) My offbeat groom: Thomas Ducasse, Oil Burner Technician Location & date of wedding: In my grandparent's backyard in Oakham, MA … in 1987! What made our wedding offbeat: We got married outside, no religious affiliations. Our ceremony was in front of the huge birch tree, at my grandparents house, and had our pictures taken by friends and family — no photographers, except amateur ones. We paid for the wedding ourselves. My girlfriend made my wedding bouquet, and gave it to me as a gift. This year marks our 20th anniversary, so it seem frugal is the way to go for a lasting marriage. Our biggest challenge: During the ceremony, our justice of the peace give me the "hurry up" hand signal while I was waiting for my music to cue me. My father and I stood our ground. and politely ignored her until it was time to walk in. My favorite moment: My favorite moment was realized in hindsight. I was watching my guests eye me warily as they leaned in for a congratulatory kiss, only to discover after-the-fact my babies breath crown was attracting bees. I was unaware, due to the fact they were behind me, loving my flower headdress. My offbeat advice: Plan a budget, do it yourself, and remember the wedding is about you and your groom, not your parents or in laws wants and needs. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Check out Tracy's offbeat '80s wedding gallery. Tell me all about your offbeat wedding! 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 Lotsa photos NEXT Why I can't read wedding magazines Toggle comments [ 4 ] I love that. I think your wedding story is romantic. In all honesty sounds a bit silly to 20k for one day that ultimately, the bride doesn't even get to enjoy… Kudos to you. I always wanted to get married on the beach in flip flops! HA! 0 agree Reply Sounds lovely! I am thinking about getting married in my grandparents back yard under an apple tree that I have played on since I was a little girl. Perhaps during the spring time when it is in bloom I love these simple, elegant, no fuss weddings! 0 agree Reply What a lovely story! It makes me think of my parents' wedding story. My mom and dad got married for a few hundred bucks in 1979 on a friend's riverside property. The invitations were hand written in sharpie and photocopied. My mom wore a simple cotton dress and my dad wore jeans. My mom's bouquet consisted of whatever flowers were growing in my grandmother's yard (shrimp flowers!). Guests were asked to bring a covered dish and an instrument as there would be a jam session after the ceremony (my dad is a musician). My parents celebrated 30 years of marriage last year and say their friends still talk about how much fun they had at their wedding. While my own wedding will probably be a little more elaborate than that of my parents, I have definitely taken the "expense does not a lasting marriage make" lesson to heart. Congrats on your many years together. 0 agree Reply This is sweet. I like seeing older weddings that have lasted. Also a reinforcement that I am so glad we kept our wedding as minimal as we did. I wish there was a series on this site of marriage advice from couples that have lasted a very long time, accompanied with cute old wedding pictures of course. 2 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.