My offbeat groom: Justin, art guy
Location & date of wedding: May 5 2007 at a family ranch in Ellensburg, WA (middle of nowhere, just about)
What made our wedding offbeat: Ways we were odd: wrote our own very naturalistic vows, made and/or altered a lot of the small details, bought the dress (and many other bits) on ebay, did a 'formal' ceremony in barefeet. Yes, I think we scared the crap out of some people, including the neighbors. We each had three rings. That was probably the most expensive part beyond the Canadian photographer!
We ordered in some pomegranate wine from a cellar in North Carolina, who imported it in from Armenia. We had so many last minute changes it wasn't funny until after the fact. Also, we had an extra guest that was incredibly polite and friendly — someone else's dog. He's in a number of the photos.
Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was the resort we were originally going to have our wedding at. The communication was soooo terrible that we canceled with two weeks left to go and moved everything to the other side of the state. The day of our wedding, it was 48 degrees and raining on Orcas Island (our original location) but 75 and sunny in Ellensburg where we ended up.
My offbeat advice: Do whatever you damned well please. It's your event and may be your only one (this was my second, and will be my last). Don't let crappy people stand in your way, either!
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Check out Elly's amazing ribbon veil, budget bouquet, great use of peacock feathers, and her husband's fabulous outfit over here.