Mojo, mojitos, and DIY — with a hair cutting ceremony! #Wedding Porn#california#couples of color#diy cake#diy wedding#flowers in hair#mountain#outdoor#vegan February 29 | Catherine Clark enidjcoleslaw Ariel and Samuel, the lovebirds of Bowerbird Photography had quite the amazing wedding at Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California. Everything was DIY with lots of help from family and friends. The day included a full-on pot luck dinner, musical numbers (with video!), a hair-cutting ceremony, and a ceremonial making of "mojo." Enjoy this glimpse into a very cool wedding. The officiant was their oldest friend, Matt. They wrote the ceremony themselves, which included wrapping all the guests in a swath of gold silk while the wedding party played drums. Auntie Yam reading 'The Owl and the Pussycat' A multicultural destination wedding in the mountains Katie and Gautam traveled from Washington DC to Twin Peaks, California for a destination wedding in the mountains (AND planned it all sight-unseen!). This pair... [more] A 'hair-cutting' ceremony! When Ariel first met Sam, he was doing a performance piece at the University of Washington which included cutting a lock of his hair. She still has it in an envelope to this day. The ceremonial making of 'mojo.' This was a special Puerto Rican garlic sauce that Ariel's dad made. They ate it with a loaf of bread made by Sam and some homemade kombucha. The parents were welcomed into the new families with handmade recycled paper leis. Ariel's dress was eight dollars at a thrift shop called Painted Bird. Sam's outfit was from Buffalo Exchange. After the ceremony, they enjoyed a mojito stand and Ariel's mom and her friends sang "Beyond the Blue Horizon": Potluck plus vegan cupcakes in two flavors: kiwi, mango, lavender and banana chipotle baked by their friend Karina. After the amazing potluck meal, Ariel's uncle Chris played a song that he wrote for them: The cake was made by their friend Butch. Thanks to Ariel and Samuel at Bowerbird Photography for sending us their amazing DIY wedding. 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 Catherine Clark Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor + Project Wrangler and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video games and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, and cuddles with her feline fur baby. @enidjcoleslaw @whimsycatt PREVIOUS Mich & Dan's gothic Transformers and cupcakes wedding NEXT The best decision I made in my marriage? Keeping my name. Toggle comments [ 7 ] LOVE the story behind the haircutting ceremony (which is a cool idea anyway). Amazing upcycled outfits, too! There's obviously so much love between and surrounding this couple. It makes my heart smile 2 agree Reply it looks so vintage! for a second there i didn't know if it was current or not! perfect 2 agree Reply Wow…this is definitely off beat! Talk about breaking the norms! 1 agrees Reply Ariel and Sam's wedding was just as awesome as it looks! I am so happy to see my amazing friends on one of my favorite blogs! (oh hey I am a bridesmaid, so I guess I am on one of my favorite blogs too–rad!!) 0 agree Reply Beautiful. 0 agree Reply I am loving the vibe of this wedding (and loving the dress too!). Awesomeness! 0 agree Reply Beautiful people! <3<3 0 agree 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. 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.