Britany & Tyrone's small, family oriented, vow reaffirmation #Real Weddings: Midwest US#couples of color#economical wedding#indiana#kids#small wedding#tea length dress#vow renewal December 9 | Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Britany, recent college grad trying to get out of retail (and OBT member) Her offbeat partner: Tyrone, workaholic and all around awesome guy Location & date of wedding: Tippecanoe Place, South Bend, IN — 11.21.09 What made our wedding offbeat: We are offbeat in that we are an interracial couple and we were already married for over two years before we had our wedding ceremony. We had gotten legally married on 8.24.08. We never had any type of "real" ceremony and decided it was time. It was something that was very important to us and I thought it was something that his kids needed to experience as well. He has two kids from a previous marriage. They knew that "Dad is married to Britany" but actually witnessing it is totally different. I hadn't been planning on getting a white or ivory dress, but when I found my dress on clearance for only $40 I just had to get it! It didn't fit quite right so my mother-in-law made some alterations to it and the end result was perfect! My aunt and I went out the day before the ceremony and picked out the flowers at a local grocery store. She worked her magic and made my bouquet and the other arrangements. She set everything up and took care of all the details. Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was money. We had a very limited budget and it was very difficult to make this all happen! We never had a wedding due to lack of funds and I was totally adamant that it was going to happen this year. Thanks to my mad bargain shopping skillz, and my dad and aunt chipping in, it all came together. My favorite moment: My favorite moment was when we were saying our vows. It was so… amazing. I had never felt more loved by him than at that moment. It was like no one else was there except us. I also really liked the time we spent taking pictures. While we were going around to different parts of the house, everyone kept looking at us and many came up and congratulated us. It was really nice! My offbeat advice: In order to make your vision come true, you may have to cut back on some things. Our guest list of sixty was cut back to twenty, including ourselves and his kids. so that we could have it at the location that we wanted. We also had to cut back on other costs in order to get our AMAZING photographer! The most important thing to me was getting a great photographer. There was no compromising that. And let me tell you, Anya did such a fantastic job! I love her and I highly recommend her. She has a lot of talent and I'm so glad we had her capture our day! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?: Dress – Prom Girl Shoes – Endless Cake – Adams Cake Shop Photographer – Anya Albonetti Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: 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 PREVIOUS Wedding photography for a good cause from Brian Tropiano NEXT How to avoid getting ripped-off when shopping at antique stores & fairs Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] Congratulations! You are both so beautiful! The dress, the flowers, the bride, the groom, the children…adorable! Congratulations!!! <3 xD Reply Thank you! Reply Congrats to you both – you look so happy! 1 agrees Reply Aw thanks! Reply I love your wedding rings! Reply Thank you Reply That dress is awesome…perfect…$40!? Reply Thanks! And yea, it was $40 marked down from $80, which still is a great price! Reply The last photo is magical. Adorable wedding. Reply Hey, this is from right near me! I live in Niles! Small world. Congrats, it really did turn out beautifully and I love your photog! Reply Gorgeous! Reply Beautiful! That dress is gorgeous and the pictures were amazing! Congratulations! Reply that`s fantastic !!! so beautiful… 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.