Natalie & Nick's Red Queen Garden Party Wedding

By on Dec. 30th
The Wedding

Photography by Kate O'Brien

The offbeat bride: Natalie, Graphic Artist

Her offbeat partner: Nick, Finance Officer

Location & date of wedding: Newstead Park Rotunda, Brisbane, Australia on April 19th, 2008

What made our wedding offbeat: I wore a red gown that I designed myself that was inspired in part by the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland, Victorian fashions and Cyndi Lauper's "She's so Unusual" album cover.

We had a non-religious ceremony, my husband and I are both atheists; and we were lucky enough to have a long time family friend marry us as an official celebrant. After the ceremony we played croquet and I stood in dog shit!

Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge wasn't confronting our families with a non-traditional wedding, it was culling the guest list! I have a huge family, and my husband's is quite small in comparison.

We ended up having to compromise by cutting out some of our mutual friends from the guest list, as our families are incredibly important to us both.

Our second major challenge was stripping the ceremony and the reception proceedings of all religious references. Our celebrant/family friend was incredibly understanding once we explained what we wanted, but the reception venue insisted at one stage on having a "grace" before the meals commenced! I was very firm about this issue. I didn't mind if religious guests said grace privately, but we did not want it as part of the meal that we were hosting.

My favorite moment: Standing in dog shit while we were playing croquet and having my new husband clean it off as the photographer snapped away!

My offbeat advice: Be firm about your decisions. This is your single most powerful ammunition when you have to confront traditional vendors or even family members and friends. People do not mess with a bride who has a clear vision and is determined and confident.

Enough talk — show me that wedding porn: Click on the picture below to see the awesome shots from Natalie and Nicks Red Queen Garden Party wedding!