Tami & Tristan's swing-dancin' wedding shindig on a farm #Real Weddings: Global#1930s#australia#farm#melbourne#parasols#spring#swing dance#tea length dress#vintage August 16 | Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Tami, writer (and OBT Member) Her offbeat partner: Tristan, medical scientist Location & date of wedding: Collingwood Children's Farm, Melbourne, Australia — March 27, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: The main aim of our wedding was to make it relaxed, fun and not constrained by tradition or other people's ideas that didn't fit us. The day had a bit of 1930's theme – my husband wore a waistcoat and I wore a champagne vintage style tea-length dress. I came in on the back of a old rustic jinker. We had it at a farm with no bridal party and the guests sat on hay bales. Our dance started off with a slow waltz and then we busted out into a swing dance. We had comedy songs as our special songs. Instead of singling out unmarried women and throwing the bouquet, we got everyone on the dancefloor and threw a bunch of personalized chocolates. We made our own guestbook full of our photos going right back to 1994, when we started dating. We had a slideshow with photos of us from when we were kids building up to now – the funny thing is, it was Earth Hour when we were showing them and the power cut out – karma! Tell us about the ceremony: We wrote our vows, had my sister in law read a poem and my good friend read this poem that my husband and I wrote together, inspired by Dr Suess: "What marriage means to us" We take each other today – through thick and through thin To be partners in life, and not pull the pin We'll weather the weather, together forever Through every endeavour, our love will not sever And well may you ask, what does love mean to us? So we've given it some thought, and we sum it up thus… For Tris it is clear, why he's now standing here It's because Tam's understanding, when he comes home demanding To be let in the door, at the wee hour of four With a skinful of beer and an "Or-luuuv-you-deeer" Tam's reasons too, are somewhat selfishly inspired She has utterly no clue how the television's wired Remote controls also, are Tris's domain And she hasn't the faintest how to unblock a drain So together they stand, before their near and their dear Thanking you all, for making it here To celebrate with them, this next stage of life And to witness Tam "officially," become Tris's trouble and strife… The bride arriving on the old jinker Our biggest challenge: Finding my shoes. I got them made up by one place and they completely botched them – complete with wrong colour, visible glue stains and pen marks! Attrocious! But then I found Morena Dancewear and they made me the most AMAZING shoes I've ever seen. Andrea from Morena couldn't do enough to help. She was fantastic! Sticking to the budget I guess is another one. It's hard not to get carried away when you're having so much fun! My favorite moment: My mum's speech – she's very shy so it was a big deal and she made my dad stand by her side while she did it. What she said was beautiful. My dad trying not to cry as we headed towards the farm in the jinker. Dancing out of the ceremony to "All I Want Is You" from the Juno soundtrack. Everybody's reaction when we busted out into our swing dance. My friend reading the Dr. Suess inspired poem we wrote for the ceremony, shaking like a leaf with nerves! Taking photos in the boat at nearby Studley Park. We got there just in the nick of time. We had to beg the guy not to pack them up! My sister in law and her husband reenacting their wedding dance. We played the song especially for them. The moment when our celebrant told us to take a mental picture of everyone (and one of our friends pretending to emphatically pick his nose for the memories). My funniest moment: My brother MC'd the wedding and he started off by pretending to bawl his eyes out, dropping tissues all over the place. Then he stopped abruptly and said, "Oh, sorry, that's Dad's speech!" (My dad is renowned for crying on special occasions). Then, my dad got up and started his speech, and, perfectly on cue, lost it and started bawling. It was gold. My advice for offbeat brides: Stick to your vision! We had some pressure to have a more formal dress code but we were adamant that we wanted people to be comfortable so we simply made it smart casual. In the end, we had a huge variation from formal wear to jeans and thongs, and it was all fine! Don't be so rigid about your vision that you end up trying to achieve the impossible. Initially I wanted my dad to row me into the ceremony on a boat. But when we looked at the riverbank, it was one and a half meters from the water line! We quickly ditched that plan and went for the rustic jinker instead. Relax and enjoy it. The more things you give yourself to organise close to the day, the less relaxed you're going to be. Splurge on the things that are actually important to you. For us it was a personalised cake topper and dance lessons. Unfortunately the cake topper disappeared on the night but the lessons were definitely worth it! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Sami and Sita, William St, Paddington in Sydney. My hairpiece: Sandie Bizy My shoes: Morena Dancewear in Sydney We made our personalised guestbook using Blurb 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 Pinup style boudoir photography from Milestone Images NEXT Monday Montage: colors, fairy bridesmaids, plus the most amazing rear-view of a dress EVAR Toggle comments [ 16 ] What a lovely wedding. The dress, shoes and parasol are just perfect! 0 agree Reply What a lovely wedding. Can you tell me where the Groom got his suit? Or what brand it is? It is exactly what we are after! 0 agree Reply I got my pants and vest made to order by Godwin Charli in Lt Collins in Melb who was the only vest place around with any decent vests- cuts and material options; and the shoes and tie were from Anton's on Oxford St Sydney. I had the pants made for swing dancing (extra room in the seat) so they weren't cut as nicely as I had wanted, but they were fine in the end. 0 agree Reply Thanks Tristan. I will have to check them out. 0 agree Reply YAY for Melbourne brides! And really nice to see our venue (Studley Park) shown just 11 days til our wedding! Got me all excited! Looks like it was a super fun day – Congratulations! 0 agree Reply Beautiful! 0 agree Reply Did you ever find out what happened to the cake topper? 0 agree Reply Hi Reanie, no we never found out what happened to the cake topper. We suspect it got chucked out by the venue in the clean-up. By the time we realised it was missing, we were on our honeymoon in Sth America so it was too late to go back and try to find it ourselves 0 agree Reply Your dress. His suit. I'm drooling!!! 0 agree Reply Where the heck did you get that parasol? It's GORGEOUS! 0 agree Reply Hi Theresa I bought the parasol online from Pink Frosting so it was actually a bit of a fluke that it worked with the outfit. I think mine was the Belle Lace in Antique White. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://www.pinkfrosting.com.au/shop/category/wedding-shop-home-parasols Cheers Tami 0 agree Reply This is my dream wedding … you look so happy! 0 agree Reply Yep, it was an awesome day (followed by an awesome honeymoon)! Good luck for your big day if it's still to come. 0 agree Reply So lovely! Congrats!! 0 agree Reply Your wedding looks just amazing!! Was your reception at the farm too? 0 agree Reply Hi Kristy Yep, it was a pretty amazing day. We had the reception at The Abbotsford Convent, which is a lovely old nunnery just across the walking path from the farm. It was the perfect setup. We were initially looking at having the reception in a marquee at the farm but it was going to be extremely expensive to hire everything (much more than the Convent), we were a bit worried about weather, and we would have had to have portaloos – which was really the straw that broke the camel's back for me. We both wanted it casual but portaloos was just taking it one step too far for me – afterall, it was a wedding, not a music festival! Good luck for your big day if it's still to come. (As a postscript to this, we have another big day on the way very soon – expecting our first baby in late Feb!!) Cheers Tami 0 agree 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.