Haley & Joe's infamous porange Buddhist hippie party wedding

Haley & Joe are totally Burners, and since half my friends are at Burning Man this week, I figured it was the perfect time to feature this fabulously PORANGE wedding!

SexyThe offbeat bride: Haley, Nanny

Her offbeat partner: Joe, Engineer

Location & date of wedding: Joaquin Miller Park Cascade, Oakland, CA. June 29, 2008

What made our wedding offbeat: My favorite color is pink, he likes orange. I like cats, he likes rabbits. So instead of having a wedding where I picked everything and he said, "Yes Dear" this wedding was all about our "Us-ness". Pink and orange make Porange, and Porange suits us.

Thbbbtttt!!A kitty and bunny cake topper (by AngelaTiara on Etsy), was uniquely US. His hemp suit, studded belt and chucks were uniquely him, as was my dress … which was made just for me. We walked down the aisle holding hands, and we said "Yes we pledge" instead of "I do". We picked our own music, his favorites, my favorites, and our favorites. We had carrot cake, because that's what we made on our first date! And we made all the favors ourselves, together.

While we were planning, if an idea wasn't something that suited us, we chucked it. We didn't do anything for the sake of tradition, or because such-and-such relative was expecting it. What we did or did not do was purely decided on what we wanted, liked, and loved. We were married by a dear friend with one attendant present, but in front of 150 people, who, to support us, all wore Porange too.

And the best part (I mean besides the marriage..) We got it all done for about 5K, and 90% Waste Free, with everything either composted or recycled!

Our biggest challenge: Oh, the typical stuff. Other people's expectations and demands. His family is Christian and was upset about us not being married in the church. My family had some silly ideas about what food we would have, and what music would be played. Since we paid for *almost* everything ourselves, it was very easy to say no! But we had to say it a lot.

My favorite moment: As we were walking down the aisle, to look out over the crowd and see nearly 150 people, most of them wearing pink and orange. Pink feather boas, orange fishnets, fun fur, crinolines, dread falls, saris, coveralls, platforms, 70's prom tuxes, all of it, in pink and orange. Even the children!

GazeMy offbeat advice: Make sure that when you plan your wedding that you are celebrating your union AND yours and your partner's STYLE. Don't go with what's trendy in magazines, or what colors look good on your bridesmaids — go with your fantasy style. Think of what you would do if you had no limits whatsoever, and even if you cant afford the fantasy, what you end up with will be so uniquely you, and you will always be happy with that. 20, 30 years from now, you will have seen a million white weddings, a gigaton of fondant towers, and a metric butt load of chintzy favors, but your wedding will stand out in the annuls of history as the one with breakdancing, a dunk-tank, fire hooping, whatever!

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Everything's coming up Porange!

Eyes Locked

  1. This wedding rocks. I love porange! My favorite thing, I think (there are many), is that your guests wore porange too!

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  2. I LOVE it and have been forward to seeing your weddingporn posted:) yay! congrats!

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  3. Wow, the future's bright, the future's PORANGE! Congratumalationtons.

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  4. Pretty colors! They look so sweet together!
    @~>~~

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  5. I love this! The colours are gorgeous and I love the pictures of the wedding party walking up the stairs! It looks like an exotic place in Asia! Lovely!

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  6. the two of you are so beautifully, purrrrfectly paired,

    I LOVE the photos, the love oozes between you..

    and, especially that cute, slightly defiant Pffft! thing ya have goin on with your tongue stuck out to the photographer….

    what a grande day…. and I wish you years and years of loving, laughing, and living…

    HUGS
    Bare

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  7. "…you will have seen a million white weddings, a gigaton of fondant towers, and a metric butt load of chintzy favors, but your wedding will stand out in the annuls of history as the one with breakdancing, a dunk-tank, fire hooping, whatever!"

    AMEN!

    P.S. That color combo makes me want to drink in this entire wedding like a giant glass of punch! Yummy!

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  8. I think porange is my new favorite word! I can't stop saying it.. porange porange porange…

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  9. This is fantastic! I love porange! It says a lot about your family and friends that they put aside what THEY thought you should do and supported you by wearing your favorite colors. Just gorgeous!

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  10. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!! How exciting to see us up there. Thanks for all the mad props, OBB's! I love looking at the slideshow over and over. Considering all the deco, cupcake tower and flowers and stuff were all DIY, Im still amazed at how good it all came out! You to can DIY! Dont let the BIG WEDDING INDUSTRY tell you that your wedding will suck if you dont shell out!

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  11. HI! I am a friend of the bride and groom and the creator of Haley's fabulous jewelry! The lotus pendant and earrings in sterling silver were custom designed for the bride in a hot pink swarovski crystal drop. The wedding was the most spectacular I have ever been to and I am most honored to be a part of the community that surrounds Haley and Joe. yay!

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  12. Dita Von Teese can eat her heart out…starting, NOW!!!
    such a beautiful bride!!

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  13. AWESOME!
    Congrats Bunny and Hunny
    So sorry I missed it!
    skid

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  14. F*CKING AWESOME!!! Congratulations!! and your dress rocks!!

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  15. I went to a wedding in Holland where all the guests were asked to wear white and the bride (who was resplendently 8 months pregnant) wore porange. The photos were quite something!

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  16. " Make sure that when you plan your wedding that you are celebrating your union AND yours and your partner’s STYLE. "

    yes couldnt agree more. Congratulations on a beautiful and unique wedding – wishing you good health and happiness for your marriage.

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  17. I am proud to say that you are my friends. Being different is fun and I only wish that the plane tickets weren't so expensive! I love you both!

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  18. Bloody blimey! my fave colours are pink and orange and everyone silly goes "ewww, that's a little garish" and I say "PHILISTINES!!!!" You have proved me right. Well done and congrats on your bold and beautiful wedding! GO PORANGE!!!!! xoxoxoxox

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  19. Hey, is the Bride wearing jewelry by Thea Izzi? Looks like the lotus design to me.

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  20. YOU GUY DID SUCH AN AWESOME JOB!!!That has got to be the most fun looking wedding I have seen, and for a very affordable price, double props for that. I can only hope that my sweety and I can have just as much fun and really incorporate that and are sillyness into our wedding as well and really be a great representation of who we are as you both have done. I am inspired by your beautiful, fun and memorable day!:0)

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  21. Way to go on 5k and 90% waste free! I'm going to shoot for those kinda of stats for my wedding.

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