Lindsey & Mike's all things Texas cowboy wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#autumn#barbecue#DIY#sand ceremony#secular#short dress#texas#western wedding December 14 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Benjamin Hager The offbeat bride: Lindsey, Advertising Design Her offbeat partner: Mike, Auto Super Mechanic Date and location of wedding: Willow Lake Gardens and Barn, Weatherford, Texas — October 9, 2011 What made our wedding offbeat: We kept most of our wedding a secret from our large Southern Baptist family. We are agnostic, and did not want to scare them into thinking our wedding was going to be too off-the-wall. So we kept most of the details to ourselves and let the rest fall into place. Our venue was two sites at one property. We rented them both: the gardens for the ceremony, and the AMAZING two-story party barn for the reception. Oh, and did I mention a mechanical bull?! Tell us about the ceremony: We composed our own ceremony with the help of our BAD-ASS officiant Rev. Arianna Gray. We wrote our own vows, and to my surprise Mike wrote his entire vows to me using the acrostic poem of my name! Major nerdy coolness points. We included our children in a sand ceremony, honored our mothers, and also did a Native American wedding vase ceremony (which I spilled it all over my face and dress!). Our biggest challenge: BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET! We bought a house a couple of months before the wedding, which means our entire life savings funds were drained. (It was an amazing deal though, and totally worth it). We prowled garage sales for dinnerware, used coupons, DIYed our table runners and signs, and bargain shopped like mofos to make it happen. My favorite moment: This was the very first time our families had met and been all together in the same place ever. Mike and I had been together for over six years, so this was a huge deal to us. We felt so overwhelmed and loved with just everyone being there. My funniest moment: The drunken mechanical bull fails of the evening. The pictures were priceless. Plus, my camera-hog daughter snuck into nearly all of the pictures taken. Also funny was our wedding party introduction song: "Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks — HA! Oh, and trying to teach our west coast anti-cowboy friends how to two-step with this song: "We're From The Country" by Tracy Byrd. It was a total riot. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The horrendous downpour of rain mysteriously stopped mere seconds before we walked across the gardens then down to the gazebo. My rock star 4" pumps were not going to be useful sinking two feet into the ground, so I improvised and wore flip-flops instead. My dad carried my shoes as he helped me walk so I wouldn't bust ass in the mud. Our guests and family gasped then laughed when they saw me bent over changing shoes front and center. My advice for offbeat brides: Plan ahead! Even if you think you'll have plenty o' time for all things wedding-related, things happen. Last minute procrastination leaves you stressed and cranky. In our case, we forgot decorations, I was seriously late to the ceremony because I locked my keys in my car, it rained over six inches on our outdoor ceremony site, plus we forgot to pay some vendors (I'm sure because of the overflowing margaritas). But no worries, we remedied that. If it's not important to you or your partner, dismiss it. Don't include Debbie Downers in your ideas if they are prone to shoot them down either. The oh-so-famous "well, if it were my wedding…" is the most skin-crawling phrase to any bride. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Benjamin Hager Bridal shrug: Etsy seller WearableArtz Bridesmaid dresses: Coco Myles Groom and groomsmen attire: Cavenders Junior bridesmaids: Cutie Clothes Eco-friendly petals: Save-On-Crafts Budget rings: Fantasyjewelrybox.com 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 Philadelphia and Brooklyn: You are invited to the 2012 Lovesick Expo! NEXT How to fix a wedding invitation faux pas with an "honest mistake" video Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] So beautiful! Also, I need more information on those badass shoes. Also, congratulations Reply Thanks Amy! I found those last minute at DSW believe it or not! 1 agrees Reply This looks like a fun wedding!I love these cowboys. My wedding was just 3 weeks ago and All of your advice is spot on! Congrats! Reply Congratulations! I love your cake toppers! Reply ya know, if my dumb exbf hadn't been so dumb, i'd have a groom in a cowboy hat. groom in cowboy hat=hot. period. i'm glad you have your cowboy, they can be awesome! (my other half will probably wear a rush tee just to irk me, lol) looks like you had a blast! and congrats on the house! Reply Your wedding looks so fun! Congratulations!! I'm kind of stoked to see Weatherford here, since I lived right outside it for about a year and a half. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via e-mail 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. 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