Clarissa & Joseph's Modern Harlem Renaissance Wedding

By on Oct 19th

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.

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And a ceremony in the museum's movie theater with a movie. We wanted to catch our guests off guard!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!