Kaci & Roy's vintage Victorian junkyard wedding bash

November 15 |

Kaci was the lucky winner of Whitney Lee Photography's Offbeat Bride bridal portrait contest. You probably squeeeed at her fantastic 1920s gown and head piece. Or maybe it was her wings or the awesome junkyard venue that got your blood pumping? Either way, there is all that and more (Unity Volcano ceremony!!) at her lovely weddidng. – Becca

Bride and Groom
Photos by Jon Bolden

The offbeat bride: Kaci, Improviser, Freelance Artist and Actor

Her offbeat partner: Roy, Improviser, Theater Owner and Computer Programmer

Location & date of wedding: The Cathedral of Junk and Hill's Cafe, Austin, TX — September 26, 2009

What made our wedding offbeat: We picked a fun, funky, artsy location (The Cathedral of Junk) that is just a few miles from our home in South Austin and super affordable (Vince accepts donations). It's just in this guy's backyard. There were basically no rules and we liked that.

Kaci and her triplet brothers Brett and Brad Beeler, The Men of Honor
Kaci's triplet brothers were her men of honor.

We chose our outfits based on what we personally like — The Victorian Age and the 1920s.

Our wedding party was more of a Greek chorus than a line of girls and boys on either side of us.

We walked down the aisle to the Decemberists and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Unity Volcano, Pouring in the Vinegar
Dude, they had a Unity Volcano ceremony. A Unity Volcano ceremony! Amazing.
We added a Unity Volcano ceremony to the wedding because we loved the idea of adding a symbolic science project. We had readings from Shel Silverstein and Jane Austen.

Roy wrote a love song the morning of the wedding and sang it to me while playing his ukulele.

We rented out the back patio of an old Austin BBQ/Music-Venue staple called Hill's Cafe and served tons of beer, BBQ, and fried Southern foods. We bought dozens and dozens of delicious and colorful cupcakes in multiple flavors because we are children.

We partied late into the night, threw flowers and garters in the air because its fun and held hands surrounded by paper cranes, jelly beans, and rusty old beer signs.

The Altar for the Wedding Ceremony
The 'altar'
Our biggest challenge: Making the day our own while still making it an enjoyable event for everyone involved. When we thought about our wedding day, we knew we were going to have to take an occasion that is imagined a million times and make it our own. We want to experience authentic moments in our lives, not packaged ones. To that end our philosophy was — keep what we like, buck what we don't, and create when we want — really *think* about everything involved and why it is there.

We picked a beautiful and interesting location, made beautiful by its mass collection of junk.

We left religion out entirely and, instead, focused on our beliefs of honesty and sincerity in the ceremony.

I didn't take his last name. In fact, we plan to create an entirely new last name.

The Gorgeous Wedding Party

We just let the event speak for itself. After [everyone] saw that we weren't being ironic or making a joke of the event, but were truly sincere and committed, they were all won over.Roy plays a love song to Kaci on his Uke It was amazing to me to see how happy everyone was after the ceremony. Friends and family both said they believed it to have been a moving and personal experience, and thanked us for allowing them to be apart of it with us.

My favorite moment: Watching as 200 people sang along to the chorus of a wedding love song Roy had just written and they had just heard. That moment was just bursting with so much love and joy that I want to hold it in my mind forever. Young and old, friends, family, and even people drug along to the event who didn't know us sang with wide smiles on their faces.

My advice for offbeat brides:

  1. Bride + GroomGet your lovely and eager friends to help you. We could not have had the tightly run ship of a wedding day without our wonderful friends who helped. They sprayed the site down for bugs, ran to pick up last minute items, ran the sound equipment, decorated the venues, managed the ceremony and reception as if they were shows, contacted and communicated with all the vendors, and so much more. We are so lucky.
  2. Really think about every aspect of a wedding, its symbolism, and whether it's right for you. Keep what you like, and don't do what you don't believe in. We did what we wanted with enthusiasm and sincerity and so even the skeptics were won over.
  3. Don't spend all your time planning and thinking about the wedding. You do have a life to live, you know. Live in the moment! I sometimes took months off planning and we still got everything taken care of. Don't believe that everything has to be done half a year in advance. Enjoy the engagement!
  4. Hill's Cafe Sign out frontShop around for local vendors that really care about you and your business. They will be so much more helpful and attentive. Our cupcake baker is just one woman who runs the business on her free time and she was so amazing. She gave us a free tasting hosted inside her home and promised to make us a dozen cupcakes of our choice for free on our anniversary. Now that's service!

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

End of the Night Exit and Getaway

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!



  1. I can see why your husband likes the Victorian Era … I'm certain I'm not the only one who insists he looks like Colin Firth in these pictures.

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      • That's so funny! Most people who have seen these same photos have said he looks like Seth Rogan. We hadn't heard Colin Firth yet. :D

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  2. Love love love it!! I love how the yellow pops out in the photos, and the ones of you and your husband posed are stunning in an elegant way!

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  3. Unity volcano? No words exist to describe quite how epic this is!

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  4. I love this wedding! So many cool elements. The volcano is frickin AWESOME!!!

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  5. Love your advice about guest expectations vs. making the wedding day your own. Always a struggle! You two pulled it off nicely, though. Bravo.

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  6. Hooray! I'm so stoked to see Kaci & Roy's wedding featured! It's been one of my favorites.

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  7. A junkyard cafe is pretty much the best backdrop for a wedding I have ever seen. Your wedding album is going to be cooler than anyone else's just based on the fantastic backdrop, never mind how good you both look.

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  8. I'm in love with this location. So colorful and offbeat, and outdoors!!! Yay.

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  9. Ok, now I wanna marry Kaci! AND Roy! :D

    The song was so darn cute, it brought tears to my big smiling face!

    Congratulations! :)

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  10. It is fantastic to know that a bigger wedding can have such a personal, sweet feel. We're also expecting 200 (-250?) and that was one thing I was a little worried about. Bravo, it looks lovely.

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  11. Where did you find your shoes? They're beautiful! I love the fun and sincerity you put into the wedding.

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  12. This has got to be in my top ten weddings I've admired on the site. Everything speaks through the photos, your love of life, frivolity and joy. I love Shel and the cupcakes and just about everything. May you have continued joy in your lives!

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  13. I love the Unity Volcano!! Did you guys keep it?? Put it on your mantle?? Because that would be sweet.

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