Elli & Jason's Bad-ass Rock & Roll Inspired Wedding

By on Apr 27th

The Offbeat Bride: Elli Bonner – Stylist

Her Offbeat Partner: Jason Bonner – musician

Location & date of wedding: Trinity Family Worship Center in Hampton, GA. It's a very mod church that used to be chicken house! — August 1st 2008

What made our wedding offbeat: To start, the two of us had more tattoos than all guests combined! [Editor's note: check out the bride's amazing back piece!] We really wanted our wedding to be "us", and we did everything we could to infuse the decor, music, and dress with our own twist.

Check out the guitar-shaped grooms cake!

Check out the guitar-shaped grooms cake!

Jason and his groomsmen arrived to the ceremony in choppers and hotrods.

We designed a set for our ceremony, to make it feel more like a rock concert than a wedding ceremony. Music was really important to us; I walked in to "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice, and we exited the ceremony to a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club song, "Ain't No Easy Way."

A 100% Italian friend from our church created an authentic Italian menu for our reception.

Love love LOVE these guitar pic favors.

Love love LOVE these guitar pic favors.

Because not everyone would be drinking at our wedding, our friends created minibars in the backs of their vintage hotrods in the parking lot!

Guitar picks were scattered on the tables as part of the decor.

After we exited in a 1975 Pontiac Catalina, we headed to our house for an after-party with dozens of friends — most of them crashed at our place afterward.


Our biggest challenge: We had to do a last-minute alteration when the junior bridesmaid's dress was misfitted. My friend created a corset-lace to cover the gap where we couldn't zip her dress all the way, and no one knew the difference!

My favorite moment is this ADORABLE PIT BULL!

My favorite moment is this ADORABLE PIT BULL!

My favorite moment: At the end of our vows, Jason didn't say, "I do," instead he said, "Absolutely!" Then he dipped me for the kiss — very fun!

My advice for other offbeat brides: We did almost everything ourselves, with help from friends and family. For that reason, we scheduled our ceremony for evening so we would have PLENTY of time to set up and get ready with no stress.

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Enough talk — here's the wedding porn:
Click the photo below to bask in the all the shots!