Leila Easa's magical mystery wedding tour #Real Weddings: Western US#brides in glasses#california#economical wedding#san francisco#striped dress May 19 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel The offbeat bride: Leila Easa, teacher My offbeat groom: Gavin Murphy, engineer Location & date of wedding: On Nov 4 2006, The Mexican Bus took us to three San Francisco locations: Bernal Heights Park, Seward Street Playground, and the cave near the ruins of the Sutro Baths What made our wedding offbeat: We just decided to do something meaningful to us, not our grandparents. To be honest, this was difficult. I wrestled with whether or not we were being selfish. But in the end, we had it our way: a bus adventure, three locations with symbolic meaning, a reception at home, very low costs, no wedding dress, tux or diamonds, etc. Our biggest challenge: There were some last-minute problems with the bus.. We had given them the route in advance but for some reason they were reluctant to take us as close to some of the locations as we wanted to go. This was tough. At one point they even asked if we could skip a location! It was very stressful–we had activities and readers in each place and didn't want to change things at the last minute. So I just kept holding firm, and eventually it worked. My favorite moment: It turned out to be a full moon that night, so when we got to the first stop (Bernal Heights Park with an awesome view of the city) it was bright and clear and beautiful. That was our "place of the spirit" where we wrote letters to the people who couldn't be there with us (like my mom) and released them attached to (biodegradable) balloons. I didn't have any idea how beautiful watching the moonlight on the balloons would be. We just decided to do something meaningful to us, not our grandparents. My offbeat advice: Totally trite, I know, but we had our $4,000 wedding (including amazing catering and our "costumes") a month or so after a good friend spent 40k on hers. I don't think that, in the end, there was anything less delightful or memorable about ours and we're not in eternal debt because of it. So I guess I would just say that you don't have to blow the down payment on a house just to have a good time. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Hop on the magic bus and check out 400+ photos from the magical mystery wedding tour! 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 Offbeat up-dos NEXT High maintenance or offbeat: Which bride are you? Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] I envy your courage! Before getting married, I, too, wanted to do something extraordinary and unique. But cowardice got the better of me. I decided to jump into the bandwagon of church weddings because, for one, I wanted to save my mom from completely blowing her head off (plus, I though a church wedding isn't too bad either … it could actually be romantic). Second, I feared that I would regret not going the traditional route. No regrets, though. I'm perfectly happy when I'm browsing through our wedding photos. 1 agrees Reply Offbeat indeed! I love how everything just seems so spontaneous. Most of the time, spontaneity such as this spells heartfelt happiness and satisfaction. Cheers to you and your groom! 1 agrees 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.