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: