Madame Strange's Pirates & Geishas wedding #Real Weddings: Southern US#austin#costumes#halloween#kimono#pirates#texas December 27 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel The offbeat bride: Madame Strange, educator Her offbeat groom: Sensei Strange, Magician Location & date of wedding: A friend's yard, Austin Texas. 10/28/2006 What made our wedding offbeat: I was a geisha, he was a pirate, it was a costume wedding right before Halloween. It all began when we lived together in Japan, and he bought me an antique wedding kimono. It was so gorgeous, when he asked me to marry him I knew I had to wear it. And if I was going to wear it, I had to do it right, so I went all in. I had a friend make me a hair piece, dyed my hair black to go with it. He got to shoot the objector, another scurvy pirate. We had another magician tell our story prior to the pagan ceremony, followed by a hand fasting. Our biggest challenge: Budget was our big challenge, but I do event planning so I made it all work for less than $3000. DIY is the way to go, and enlist your friends and family. They love to contribute. My favorite moment: When my husband threw aside our vows and spoke from his heart. I warned him not to make me cry, but I teared up. Walking down the aisle seeing everyone I loved was another lovely moment. My offbeat advice: Do what you want, it is your moment. Do not listen to what other people want, and don't be afraid to be unique. Weddings are a celebration and should be fun. Everyone said our wedding was the funnest they'd ever been to, and people still mention it a year later. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: There are lots of Pirate & Geisha shots linked over here. Personally, this is my favorite set of photos. 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 Letterpress wedding invitations NEXT Lara Swanson Photography Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] HOW AWESOME!! Just stunning. Pirates and Geishas. It seems to work… somehow. Our anniversary is in May, but you can have costume party wedding anytime, right? 1 agrees Reply Good LORD, that is a BEAUTIFUL wedding. I am in awe of the fabulous photo album you must have. 1 agrees Reply Wow. So, SO gorgeous and so personal!! 1 agrees Reply I am also in Austin. Please email me if you are willing to share your baker! Reply Yes! I love pirates, and the effort involved in wearing a traditional kimono must have been huge! Great theme =) Reply You appreciate history and folktales. Reply OMG. I adore sensei strange's contact juggling. He is my 2nd favorite cj-er. Wow Wow!! I love the pictures and everything about the wedding! What a lucky couple!! My fiancÃ© and I are doing pirates Vs ninjas as our theme. I will have to steal some inspiration from the couple. 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.