Michael & Jeannie's eternal Tae Kwon Do wedding #Offbeat grooms#Real Weddings: Southern US#bride in pants#casual#christian#couples of color#mama bride#oklahoma#the princess bride August 13 | Offbeat Editors The offbeat groom: Michael, band director His offbeat partner: Jeannie, research assistant Location & date of wedding: Y Chapel of Song, University of Central Oklahoma — June 19, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: My wife and I met three years ago in a tae kwon do class and decided to create our wedding around that theme. The entire wedding party (except for the best man) had been in the class at one time another so they all wore their gi's. The party consisted of my three kids, her triplet daughters, my brother, our teacher and his daughter. The triplets were the flower girls and carried flower petals in sparring helmets instead of baskets. The rings were carried in cases used for storing sparring mouth gear. My bride and I walked in to the "Wedding March" as performed by Queen. We wanted to reflect our laidback fun personalities so every pew had a smiley face balloon tied to it. Also the ceremony was written to make people laugh, which included the wedding ceremony words from the movie "The Princess Bride" (Mawage. Mawage is what bwings uth togethah tooday). Instead of "you may now kiss the bride" he said, "You may now sidekick the groom"… and she did. My wife and I spent many of our dates playing ping pong so we knew our cake had to be a ping pong cake. The reception was held at the home of our teacher and a close friend of mine did the catering. Tell us about the ceremony: My late father was a preacher for 45 years. The Bible that was used during our ceremony was one of his Bible's that had my parents names engraved on it. Our biggest challenge: Getting everybody there. Making sure everybody had good directions to both the ceremony location (which was buried in the middle of campus) and the reception location. My favorite moment: Even though the ceremony was built around celebration and laughter, the vows were serious. We knew by the looks in our eyes that we meant every word we said. My funniest moment: When she sidekicked me. Very original thought. My advice for offbeat brides: Don't be afraid to buck tradition. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? To include several things that met different aspects of our personalities. 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 Shirt bleaching tutorial: make things infinitely better by ruining them! NEXT Pinup style boudoir photography from Milestone Images Toggle comments [ 10 ] Congratulations! It's such a personal wedding! It's fun and over the top and I'm sure everybody there recognized the couple in their wedding! I love the uniqueness! Reply As someone who literally grew up in a Taekwon-Do family (my father is an instructor in Houston and that's how he met my mother) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS WEDDING. As soon as I saw it, I think I forwarded to my dad and all his friends. Beautiful and so personal Congratulations! Reply Great, a really personal wedding and great to see a groom fill out a wedding profile! Congratulations Reply LOVE THIS. So cute and funny. I think *every* wedding should have "you may now sidekick the groom…" Reply So rad. And I love it when the grooms write. Reply Aw, this is so sweet and creative! I love it. Congrats to you crazy kids! Reply I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. I was in TKD for three years, almost a black belt, so it has a special place in my heart. To center a wedding around that? AWESOME Reply I love the pictures with the cake on your face! It looks like a wonderful celebration – congratulations:) Reply Looooove that you used Queen's "Wedding March"! Congratulations, this looks like it reflects you guys so well. =) Reply And I thought I seen it all… very cool and personal wedding and cake might I add… congrats to the couple…. 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.