Lea's heavily inked beach wedding/vow renewal #Real Weddings: Southern US#beach#bicycle#florida#key west#spring#tattooed bride#vintage dress#vow renewal May 6 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel The offbeat bride: Lea Vendetta, Tattooist/Artist Her offbeat partner: Dave "Bastard" Archer, Tattooist Location & date of wedding: Smathers Beach, Key West, Florida. April 1st 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: We got married in 1995 at the courthouse with no ceremony and no pictures. It was just the two of us, we were broke, and it was lame. Our 13th anniversary was coming up and I wanted to do something to finally be able to remember our wedding as a fabulous real wedding day! Of course we decided to do something 2 weeks before, so we improvised and everything ended up working perfectly! …like it was meant to be… Our biggest challenge: To plan it in 2 weeks! I ventured to Goodwill and found a $20 wedding dress exactly my size! A friend of mine helped me to jazz up the dress with black accents, and made me a gorgeous custom veil. My whole wedding outfit ended up costing less than a $100: dress ($20+$25.50 dry cleaning), custom veil+black bows accents on dress$25) shoes (payless$16.95). We worked on my dress 3 nights after work and it was done, my husband rented a tuxedo here in the only tuxedo rental place in Key West. I contacted weddingstogokeywest.com 10 days before our wedding, and they made it happen! Easy and simple for us and took care of everything. We got the simple "buy it now" wedding package with a click of the mouse. God, I love technology. We even got to release a dove! That was pretty awesome in its own cheesiness. We kept it simple and it was just both of us just like our first wedding but this time it felt like a wedding and we have some real wedding pictures to prove it. My favorite moment: The ceremony itself. It was intense and we both had teary eyes. My offbeat advice: I personally had a lot of fun not spending tons of money on the clothes and ceremony — I thought it relieved a lot of the stress people end up having when they spend tons! In my case, finding my dress at Goodwill for $20 made it unbelievably fun to play with. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2Fleavendetta%2Fsets%2F72157604478704850%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2Fleavendetta%2Fsets%2F72157604478704850%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157604478704850&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> 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 Taking your wife's last name isn't always easy NEXT Wedding headpieces, crowns and circlets Toggle comments [ 10 ] Holy crap, that dress is freaking amazing. 3 agree Reply wow,, you look GORGEOUS!!! congrads!! x 1 agrees Reply WOW perfect! darlin! such a BEAUTIFUL bride! gogogogo 13 years!!! Reply We had a great time with Lea and Dave. Lea's creativity with her dress and veil were incredible. Ray couldn't believe that the dress came from Goodwill, he thought it came from Europe! Hey guys, we'll send you all of our couples who want tattoos as a rememberance of their wedding in Key West!! Ray and Eileen Jensen Weddings To Go! Key Westâ„¢ Reply Two of my favorite people renewing their vows — made me tear up as well. They are a super couple and I love that they're featured as wedding porn! Rock on, Ariel! Reply Lea I was so honored that you trusted me to create your veil and help accent the dress!!! You looked so beautiful congrats!!! Reply I wish there were more couples like you to photograph in Key West. I had fun during our photoshoot in the cemetery. You guys are one in a million. Reply As seen on Needled. Reply Thank you guys! We had a blast doing this, and we could not have done it without you! We feel so happy and lucky to have such great talented friends! Reply Yay! I work at Goodwill! 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.