Clarissa & Joseph's Modern Harlem Renaissance Wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#board games#california#christian#colored crinoline#colorful#couples of color#movie theater#san diego October 19 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by The Image is Found The offbeat bride: Clarissa (OBT Member) Her offbeat partner: Joseph Location & date of wedding: Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA — July 16, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: The Harlem renaissance was about edgy art and music, so our wedding had everything including: A naked sushi lady (because I lived in Japan during college). Hungry hungry hippos games. Wedding Crashers, the movie, playing on a flat screen and Cold Stone ice cream. And a ceremony in the museum's movie theater with a movie. We wanted to catch our guests off guard! Tell us about the ceremony: We had our ceremony in the movie theater and played a movie before I walked down the aisle. Then we had a water ceremony instead of a sand [ceremony]. We mixed two colors into water to make orange to symbolize our separate personalities becoming one. We also have the same birthday so the movie theater's star-twinkling celing had a lot of meaning for us as we got married on our birthday. My funniest moment: The Who Wears the Pants game we played to figure out who was gonna wear the pants in the marriage. All the women were all over the place stealing yellow balls from Joseph's pants and putting them in mine. My favorite moment: The wedding cake. The cake was a kid's bounce house built on top of the Bible and our marriage counseling book — to represent the foundation we are building our life together on. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Give vendors more creative freedom and they will deliver higher quality products!! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photographer: The Image Is Found Planner: Thomas Builife Videographer: Moder 8 Films Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME 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 Monday Montage: the something blue edition NEXT Kill Bill-themed wedding portraits Show/Hide comments [ 24 ] Oh my gosh, I just saw the video and you two are the cutest couple I've ever seen! Congrats! Btw, Clarissa, your husband is a total hottie! 2 agree Reply Wow what a wedding… It looks like everyone had a great time and everyone looks great too. Congrats to the couple!!! Reply Your wedding was beautiful…everything was so elegant! A question: did you have trouble getting vendors to take you at your word when you gave them creative license? 1 agrees Reply Um, naked sushi lady and cornbread…. why was I not invited to this totally kick ass wedding? I love that you made a statement about the marriage (instead of just a theme for your wedding) with the cake and that you clearly went all out to have a wicked party. You both look beautiful! 4 agree Reply Rock On San Diego!!!! It looks like every one was having a BLAST!!!! Congrats to you both!!! 1 agrees Reply wow, looked beautiful and fun! congrats! Reply Love! This all looks beautiful, classy and fun! Love your green petticoat – same color as my dress Reply I LOVE the cake and the meaning behind it. So cute and special. And getting married on your shared birthday?!?! Awesome! Congrats on the marriage and beautiful wedding. 1 agrees Reply GORGEOUS wedding! I love the colors, decor, games…everything! Congratulations to you both. : ) Reply Awesome wedding! I was super confused about the sushi girl till I checked out your entire wedding. It looks incredible! Congratulations. Reply What a fabulous, fun, personalized wedding. Love it! Reply Looks like everyone had a blast! Who wears the pants made me laugh. That sparkling ceiling is gorgeous! 1 agrees Reply the amount of details that have such special meaning for you both… it kinda made me well up to be honest… [pms anyone?!!] that cake is especially cool. and yay for getting married on your birthday – i'll be doing that in under 3 weeks time! – i only hope we can look half as hot as you two!! xx Reply Beautiful (both the bride and groom). I love her dress. And the sushi looks delish. Thanks for sharing your special day. Reply What a classy affair! I really like the green accents and all the little touches that were put into the wedding. Also, the "who wears the pants" game, which had to be a lot of fun! Reply That is. The classiest. Coolest. Most put-together event. I have ever seen. You two looked like you had so much fun! Amazing, truly! 3 agree Reply Wow what an incredible dress! It looks like it was made just for you. You look amazing and so happy. The venue is just brilliant. It looks like a million stars are on the roof. What is the tradition behind the naked woman? I'm confused. Is that how sushi is served in Japan? It seems a bit derogatory to women. Reply http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyotaimori this might explain it a bit.. 3 agree Reply Smokin hot couple, awesome modern flowers and glitz…every little detail is just awesome. Looks absolutely flawless and so well put together. What a beautiful day to remember! And I loved seeing the small, fun, less serious details like hungry hippos and bouncy castle cake (even though it has a more serious meaning!) Reply I absolutely love everything about this wedding. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun! Congratulations to you both! Reply This looked like a wonderful wedding! Thank you for the advice on trusting the vendors with their advice and creativity. Reply what a FANTASTIC cake idea. that is AWESOME! i also really really love your theme and how you worked it. how great! how do you even find a naked sushi lady? Reply Amazing wedding…I love all the symbolism and your shoes are to die for! Reply Gorgeous! Loved the wonderful cake and the bride's beautiful dress. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via 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.