Emily & Emory's small, vegan, indie-rock wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#backyard#lake#red shoes#short dress#shrug#vegan#vegan cake#wisconsin February 11 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Erol Reyal The offbeat bride: Emily, psychology student Her offbeat partner: Emory, graphic and motion designer Location & date of wedding: My parent's backyard on a small lake in Hartland, Wisconsin — Oct. 10, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: It was an entirely vegan wedding. Our cake toppers were urban designer toys. We wrote the ceremony and our vows and wore dressy-casual clothing that suited our personalities. We played indie-rock music throughout the reception, drank local beer, and basically treated it like a laid-back party! Our biggest challenge: The weather! It was the first week in October and, as I was getting my hair done, it got dark and started snowing! Not ideal for an outdoor wedding. Luckily, by the time the wedding started, it was still cold, but sunny and free of snow. And the tent heaters worked great! Another little snaffoo was that our friends, who were performing first at the wedding broke a guitar string right before heading the the ceremony! Luckily they fixed it in time and showed up about ten minutes before they had to perform. And they sounded amazing. My favorite moment: When our friend, Joe, ran in dressed as Kanye and interrupted the father of the groom's speech to say, "Yo Marty, I'm really happy for you and I'm gonna let you finish, but Emory and Emily had one of the best weddings of all time!" Cheesy cultural reference, but man, was it funny. And, of course, it was all staged. Marty was the one who planned it. My offbeat advice: Your wedding is a means of expressing, to those closest to you, who you are as a couple. Don't let others pressure you into a wedding that doesn't fit you. It's perhaps one of the most memorable days of your lives. Make sure it's exactly what you want. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?: Dress: Nanette Lepore Bluefly.com Suit: Banana Republic Red vegan heals: beyondskin.com Accessories: Etsy.com, eBay.com Photographer: Erol Reyal Caterer: Apron Annie's Tent: Canopies Cake toppers: Robot Love Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2Fempracht%2Fsets%2F72157622576914507%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2Fempracht%2Fsets%2F72157622576914507%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157622576914507&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 PREVIOUS Reader Survey results, Part 1 NEXT Rainbow Bride Toggle comments [ 27 ] Kanye moment = genius. And yay for having your friends play your wedding! We did the same and it was amazing — the best version of a "wedding party" ever. Reply Thanks Jill! They performed "Sea of Love" and it was just magical. Reply WHAT are those little critters on top of your cake and WHY are they so ridiculously cute? Congrats, your wedding looks wonderful! Reply Thanks! They're wooden Pecan Pals. http://www.myplasticheart.com/c/PECANPALS/Pecan+P… We really lucked out that they matched the cake so well, too! Reply that little sweater is perfect! Did you find it on etsy and if so, who made it? Reply Thanks Hayley! I actually found it on on ebay. Reply Great blog, really like the pictures! Reply Thanks, Peter! Reply Love the Kanye idea. Too funny! My fh wouldn't be into that, but man it would be funny! Love what you wore, it's about the tone I hope to strike. I wear an 18/20 so it's a bit challenging to find something semi formal, but I've only just begun. Thanks for sharing, and all the happiness in the world to the two of you! Reply Thanks Kristen! It took me lot of searching to find the right outfit for the big day. I even bought another dress and realized shortly after that I hated it!! But with with patience and persistence, I found just what I wanted. I know you will, too! Reply I have those exact same Beyond Skin heels! Maybe I don't need to buy another pair of shoes after all… Reply They're the coolest shoes ever! Although, for someone like me who never wears heals, much less super high ones, I knew I couldn't last all night in them. So, I brought along a backup pair of flats which came in handy for dancing. I highly recommend this. Reply Love the wedding, but the beyond skin link is wrong. Reply I just tried it and it worked find for me. Reply Yeah, I had trouble. I think it's .co.uk not .com Reply Yup. It's http://www.beyondskin.co.uk/ Looks like that link goes to a massage site. Reply Oh, I see what you were saying now. Okay, link changed! Reply It is so great to see so many vegan weddings on here lately! Looks like you had a wonderful day Reply I agree! I love seeing all the vegan weddings, too! And thank you, it was! Reply Yay for vegan weddings! Thanks for sharing and you're right: it is one of the few days you can do just as you want. To plan it in accordance with your values and incorporate all your personal charm into it makes it all the more special. Sniff! It makes me wistful for me own vegan wedding back in '98. Reply Awe. Thanks, Marla! Reply Yay Beyond Skin! They make the best vegan shoes. I've found that they hold up better than any other vegan shoe brand out there right now (after Stella McCartney) Love your shoe pick. And the cake is adorable. Reply Thanks Jean! Reply Love the colors and the casualness! Reply I love the not-floor-length dress! So adorable Reply I absolutely love your parents place, it's soo beautiful. I'm looking for something similar for my wedding. I currently live in NC with my Fiance where he is stationed in the Marine Corps, but we are both from WI. We are wanting to find a Lake House somewhere in southeastern WI to have the wedding. Your wedding was absolutely beautiful, Congrats!! Reply Thanks, Alyson! The wedding was on North Lake in small down Hartland, WI about 30 min from Milwaukee. Fortunately, there are lots of "great lakes" to choose from in Wisconsin. I'm sure you'll find something fantastic! 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.