Jessica & Jeffrey's guerilla wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#brides in glasses#california#crafty wedding#guerilla wedding#los angeles June 9 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatbride The offbeat bride: Jessica Wilson, student, crafter, dreamer and baker of cupcakes My offbeat groom: Jeffrey Stephens, museum lackey, artist, tinkerer and propeller maker Location & date of wedding: March 2, 20005 at the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain in Los Angeles What made our wedding offbeat: We bucked tradition, saved a fortune, peeved our friends and had a BLAST! Mr. A-go-go & I thought and thought and thought about what to do for the shindig — we waffled between hitting the county registrars office and doing a Pee-Wee's Playhouse tribute (we even found someone to get ordained and marry us as Jambi!). We ended up holding a guerrilla wedding at the famous fountain in our hood where wedding parties take their group photos every weekend. We sent out postcards two weeks before and scheduled a meet up on our second anniversary — which also happened to be Dr. Seuss' birthday! People showed up, we took pictures jumping off the fountain and my brother married us. We then held a tail gate drive back to our place where we had a huge order of Thai appetizers to feed the hungry. Cupcakes were consumed, dancing was had and the guest book scrap book was signed. When the rain came down we headed out to the photobooth for our official nuptial portraits! Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was to throw a party for ourselves under a teeny tiny budget while pleasing our friends at the same time. Everybody had input and opinions and many did not like how we were planning it. It was hard to ignore the voices and go through with our plan. We lost confidence at times but in the end everyone enjoyed themselves — especially us. We managed the whole thing from the postcard sending to the actual event with hardly any stress at all! My favorite moment: We weren't going to do vows, we were just going to thank everyone for joining us and celebrating but then the mister pulled out a piece of paper and waxed all kinds of poetic on our friends and us and of me and when my eyes welled up I noticed everyone else's eyes were wet also. It was humbling and simply beautiful. I truly felt loved by many at that moment. My offbeat advice: Plan you wedding for you! It goes so fast and things can get so hectic — if you spend all your time trying to please everyone or freaking out about tiny details you won't remember the good stuff. Go with your gut and you'll find your face hurting from all the smiling you've done all day! Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: 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 Blending cultural traditions in the name of love NEXT Crocheted wedding cake Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] I so loved the photobooth pics! It looks like it was a wonderful event. Thanks for the post. Reply What an amazing idea. Did the groom make the cupcakes? They're my favorite food group. Reply love it all! Jessica, you're so inspiring… every time I drive by the fountain I think of you guys! Reply […] I love this couple the most! How fun are they? (I think I have a girl crush…baker of cupcakes, too cute! And […] Reply I just came across this website loved your ideas 😉 Reply I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fez!!! Great pictures! Reply Love the simplicity and how fun it looks! I want to know where she got those shoes, too cute! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail 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.