Chrissy Wai-Ching's Puerto Rico wedding #Real Weddings: Global#couples of color#destination wedding#handmade dress#puerto rico#wai-ching December 31 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatbride Wai-Ching's wedding dresses are the stuff of legend here on offbeatbride.com — but what about Chrissy's OWN wedding, exactly a year ago today? The offbeat bride: Chrissy Wai-Ching Fashion Designer/Fiber Artist Her offbeat groom: Vasili Zolotov, Software Engineer Location & date of wedding: The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12/31/06. What made our wedding offbeat: Our wedding was offbeat because I made and designed my own gown, the groom's outfit, my mother's dress, and my mother in law's dress! We had the wedding in the courtyard of an art hotel. The ceremony consisted of a statueing cupid robotically handing out noisemakers and chocolate coins, suspenseful lead up of the bridal march, a drunken pirate demanding a ransom for the bride's release, dispensing of the chocolate coins, deployment of the noisemakers, and a flamenco dancing bride. Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was trying to plan the wedding in Puerto Rico from Seattle. Being half Puerto Rican, I knew that it might be a struggle to begin with, as Puerto Ricans work on island time. We have a lot of vegans and vegetarians in out group, so the menu was quite a challenge to coordinate. We arrived at the hotel the day before the ceremony not really knowing exactly what was going to happen for the wedding. We winged it the whole way. My uncle's quattro band that was to play at the reception got carjacked earlier that day so there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether we would have music at all. They pulled though, Boriquen soldiers that they are! Muchos Gracias!!! My favorite moment: My favorite moment was dancing to the traditional Puerto Rican music after the feast. My offbeat advice: If you want to minimize stress, have alternative plans lined up in case of unforeseen circumstances. Try not to control things to much and let them flow. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Chrissy's wedding dress is only the beginning of the beauty … PS: Happy anniversary, Chrissy! Now, get back to work on those dresses! 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 Lara Swanson Photography NEXT First anniversary of offbeatbride.com! Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] chrissy! my goodness… i am absolutely, positively over the moon for your wedding dress! you have such a beautiful talent. i recently got engaged and am tirelessly searching for wedding dresses for my july 2008 wedding. i've been to your website, and while many of your dresses appeal to me, i am seriously mad about the one you wore for your own wedding. i know that one is probably one-of-a-kind, as it's yours… but i'm wondering if there's any way to talk with you about designing something similar. this may not be the best way to contact you, so i'll go to your website and try from there, too! i have great admiration for you, and i look forward to possibly hearing from you! 1 agrees Reply What a unique dress! You can see her personality shine through with her gown. I just ran across your site & I think it's my new favorite! 1 agrees Reply Crissy designed my friend Kate's wedding dress this fall, it was SO cool! Kate found Crissy here on Off Beat Bride! I was lucky enough to join Kate for her final fitting. I love Crissy's studio and it was so cool to see her work in person. I also got some great shots of her working away on Kate's dress. 1 agrees Reply Yay Chrissy! I love your dress and I'm designing mine, too. Reply […] dress. Zolotova Dress: Apparently, the designer, Chrissy Wai-Ching, wore this dress to her own wedding. I love her signature stitching in the bodice and how she uses tufts of material to […] Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via 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.