Jessica & Andrew's rollin' Burtonesque glam wedding #Real Weddings: Northeast US#brides in glasses#gender-blind wedding party#goth#small wedding May 16 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel Very special thanks to Ashley (the fabulous photographer of Derek and Joey's big 'ol gay wedding) for her help with this profile! The offbeat bride: Jessica, Crazy Cat Lady (and Tribe member) Her offbeat partner: Andrew, Consultant Location & date of wedding: Bischwind Bed & Breakfast, Bear Creek, PA — 10/2/2010 What made our wedding offbeat: We actually got married a year before in a quiet, just-us, courthouse wedding. We both knew we wanted something more, and we really wanted to include our families, so we started planning for a faux-wedding for a year later. From the beginning we knew we wanted to feel like we were in a Tim Burton film — grass and fiddlehead ferns everywhere! We also wanted to keep it very small about 30 guests. To include our siblings, we had a gender-blind wedding party: my brother and sister stood with me and his sisters stood with him. Our reception was more like a dinner party. We played Richard Cheese music in the background all night. It was funny waiting to see who noticed and see their reactions. Grandma is still sure we were playing Sinatra. Since we aren't the dance party kind, we went cosmic bowling after dinner with most of our guests. Bowling, arcade games, booze, and pizza until the early morning. Tell us about the ceremony: A friend married us in a short, simple, non-religious ceremony. We had a hand blessing, blessed by our mothers and a ring warming to include our whole family. Our sisters read an excerpt from Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and a poem called Cat Heaven. We exchanged rings to the vows from Corpse Bride. Our biggest challenge: We dealt with one vendor in particular, a decorating company, who went completely vendor-zilla on us. They were completely unprofessional, even to the point of scolding us like school children and throwing us out of their office because we were unhappy with their designs. We ended up losing a lot of money just to get rid of them and learned a valuable lesson about giving large deposits to anyone. Luckily, we found someone even better who came through at the last minute and helped us on cost to make up for all we lost. But they couldn't make up for the loss of sanity caused by the first! My favorite moment: We included our mothers in our hand blessing. They each got up and read the blessing to their new child-in-law. They both had to take pauses to hold back their tears of joy. My funniest moment: It took both moms and three bridesmaids to try to bustle my dress and no one could. Andrew had to come over to do it for them. Everyone laughed, noting it was the first time they've seen a wedding where the groom was the only one who could bustle the bride's dress. He's just really good at problem-solving. My 13-year-old sister helped me with my dress while we were taking photos. Daniel, our photographer, wanted some authentic laughing shots and told my sister to slyly make us laugh. So she started invisible hula hooping and singing "I'm Too Sexy." It's safe to say the laughs were real. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? We were supposed to be married in a super cute, creepy chapel across from the B&B. Unfortunately, the floor caved in the week before the wedding and the whole ceremony had to be moved to the B&B. Luckily, we were still able to take some photos with it and in the cemetery next to it, and the B&B did a great job with the ceremony on the patio. My advice for offbeat brides: Make sure your vendors understand your vision before hiring them. Triple check this! Don't fall for false excitement and flattery. Because there are some vendors that are only capable of doing one type of wedding. Don't be afraid to go small! We were worried about how this would work for us because of divorced parents and huge extended families, but it really was special to be surrounded by the people who have known us forever and to have their love filling the room. Start your day an hour earlier than you think you should. I was a bit rushed in getting ready and that extra hour would have made all the difference. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Bride's Dress: Michelle Roth Wedding Party Dresses: White House/Black Market Ties and Scarves: Cyberoptix TieLab Bride's Headpiece: Boring Sidney Bride's Shrug: Countessa Tea Cups: Trixie Delicious Bride's Ring: Eidel Precious Groom's Ring: Zoe & Doyle Stationary: Momental Designs Flowers: Central Park Flowers Photographer: Daniel Lanton Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F60203012%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157626051814321%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F60203012%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157626051814321%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157626051814321&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> 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 Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Little Bouquet Shop's silk bouquets never say die NEXT Witness: Grand entrances! Death defying feats! And child's play! Toggle comments [ 18 ] WOW! That dress and those accessories are awesome! Just beautiful. Love the alternative non-dancing activities and decor, too. 1 agrees Reply Your wedding looks amazing! Could you please tell me the excerpt you used from the Hitchhikers Guide? My fiancé and I are big fans, and are looking for readings. 3 agree Reply I will post for you as soon as I find it. I know I found it on the OBT, tho. Reply totally agree with the advice about getting ready an hour before you think you should! even if your ready early, no rush is a beautiful thing (and ps im in love with your dress!) 1 agrees Reply I could not love this dress more if I tried! It's fantabulous! Reply My favorite is the DORK dishware! Perfect! 1 agrees Reply You dress! The centerpieces! The floor f*#%ing caved in?! Crazy… I love the subtle Burtonesque-ness of your decorations that give that other worldly feel of his movies. Congrats! Reply I am not one for flowers, but you read my mind. Amazing! Reply THANK YOU!!! I've been catching glimpses of this dress on Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss and I kept thinking it was just gorgeous, but I couldn't find it anywhere online without knowing who designed it. Plus I couldn't figure out how i would feel about it on a curvy girl like me, since most of the women on that show decided they didn't like it and so they didn't show the whole dress or give it a lot of screen time. I am so happy now that I know how to look for. Absolutely gorgeous bride!! And I swear that is the prettiest bouquet I've seen in ages, it even makes me re-think my decision not to have a bouquet at all. I could gush on and on. I just everything about this. (Oh, and the picture of the bride reading just tops it all off and makes me wish this woman was my friend. :D) 1 agrees Reply I love that you guys went bowling afterwards, haha And I too, am interested in what passage you used from Hitchikers Guide… Also, good thing the floor caved in *before* the wedding, and not during! Congratulations! Reply Thank you, everyone! Still looking for the passage, my hubby said it was actually from So Long And Thanks For All the Fish. He's the fan and the one who picked it. He said he saw it in the comments of the alternate reading post here. I will copy it when I have access to his computer. I loved my dress it was really perfect on. I watch Say Yes and can't believe it gets cast aside all the time! I didn't want a white dress but this one did it for me! And Kleinfeld was so amazing. 1 agrees Reply That dress! SWOON! Reply Those flowers are the awesomest wedding flowers I've ever seen. And your dress is gorgeous. I just love all of it! Reply That dress is craze-mazing. I can't stop staring at it! Reply Does anyone know what those swirly plants in the bouquet are? Reply I believe you're talking about the fiddlehead ferns, but there are also eggplant calla lilies and succulents. Reply Omg this is the most gorgeous bouquet I've seen! Wish they were close to NY Reply That bouquet ermergehrd. That dress ERMERGEHRD. 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. 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