Heather & Diane's snowy mountain lodge wedding #Real Weddings: Northeast US#fascinator#feathers#lesbian#massachusetts#mountain#simple wedding#transportation#two dresses#winter February 22 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Studio SMC Photography The offbeat bride: Heather, Client Manager Her offbeat partner: Diane, Stage Manager Date and location of wedding: The Dream Away Lodge in Becket, MA — November 11, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We wanted to get married in the Berkshires of Western MA, because the area means a lot to both of us. We chose the Dream Away Lodge for its sentimental meaning. Diane has been going there for years, and one of our first dates took place there. We wanted to have an intimate event with our closest family and friends in our favorite place. We kept everything as simple as possible and focused on the things that we were the most excited about. Tell us about the ceremony: We asked Diane's long-time friend Bernie, who lives in New York, to perform our ceremony, since Massachusetts allows a "one-day officiant" license. He and his husband have been married for over 25 years, and their relationship has really been an inspiration to us. Since New York had just allowed same sex marriages, they were able to be legally wed over the summer. We actually used the same ceremony (with a few changes to personalize it) that they used in their legal ceremony. Our biggest challenge: I think our biggest challenge was the length of our engagement. We are crazy planners, and when we got engaged, we figured out how much money it would take to do what we wanted, and how much time it would take to save it. That ended up meaning our engagement lasted two and a half years! It was totally worth it though, as we ended up being able to afford everything we wanted and more, but it was definitely a challenge in pacing ourselves and being patient. My favorite moment: We planned to hold the ceremony outdoors on the "wedding rock," but as we were getting our makeup and hair done, it started to snow! By the time we headed up the mountain to the venue, it was a hailing/snowing mess. We called it in the car and decided to move the ceremony inside. At first we were feeling disappointed, but it ended up that holding the ceremony inside, with our community closely surrounding us, created such an amazing energy. Everyone was cheering, hooting, and hollering, and it would not have had the same effect in the cold outside. My funniest moment: There were a lot of fun and funny moments, but one that stands out is when we arrived at the Dream Away, one of the owner's dogs, Jack the Beagle, made a dash for Diane and ran right over her train! It was pretty funny. Then after the ceremony, when we were bustling the dress, we noticed a perfect paw print on the under side! Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The Dream Away is a rather remote location, so we knew straight away that we wanted to provide transportation to and from the hotel for our guests. We looked into limo buses, but they were so expensive! Then Diane had the great idea of using a school bus! We hired two yellow school buses to drive everyone up the mountain. We were a bit nervous about how the experience would be. It turned out that everyone got a kick out of it. My dad is great at making mix tapes, and he made special wedding-themed CDs that the bus drivers played for us. Everyone got to sing-along both up and down the mountain. Diane and I even got to participate on the ride back after the reception. My advice for offbeat brides: Choose a venue that is as unique as you are. Not only will it make for an unforgettable wedding for your guests, but it will also cut down on costs because it's already decorated for you. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? I am really glad that we focused on the things that were most important to us. For example, we are not very crafty, but definitely sentimental. So we incorporated our love for concert-going by framing pairs of our tickets and used them for table numbers. Jess from Venus in Feathers used my grandmother's wedding crown to create a custom feather hairpiece. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Studio SMC Photography Dresses: David's Bridal Heather's custom hairpiece: Etsy seller VenusinFeathers (you might remember Jess here.) Diane's faux fur wrap: Tulip Bridal Venue: The Dream Away Lodge DJ: Bob Heck Entertainment Heather's Gloves: GreatLookz.com 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 Seattle's Baby Van Beezly is the solution to your bachelorette or reception party nightmares NEXT An Asian fusion wedding with lots of DIY Toggle comments [ 12 ] What a lovely sounding wedding and those dresses are lovely! You both look super happy! best wishes to you both 1 agrees Reply You both look gorgeous in your gowns! I also love the All Star shoes with your wedding date on them! I also think that first shot of the two of you outside in the snow is breathtaking. Congratulations! 2 agree Reply That picture of you both in the snow–amazing! 2 agree Reply I absolutely LOVE that first picture of the two of you in the snow. Beautiful! 1 agrees Reply Looks like so much fun! And that Warning sign is awesome (I also agree with everyone about the snoy picture – beautiful!) 0 agree Reply You two are just lovely! Congratulations! Actually, you know what my fave picture is? The one of Jack the Beagle! SO. CUTE. Beagles are mine and my hubby's favourite dogs! 1 agrees Reply What a beautiful wedding! Congrats! I have to know though, where did you go to get the date embroided on your Chucks?! I'm in love! I'm wearing green All Stars at my wedding 0 agree Reply We had the custom Chucks made at converse.com. You can make completely custom sneakers there, it's super fun! 0 agree Reply Thanks for all of your kind comments! 0 agree Reply I LOVE your saving plan! Figure it all out ahead of time so you can get exactly what you want? Genius! Also, great advice on choosing a venue. That's something that was really important to my partner and I when we chose our venue and it's definitely ended up saving us money (even though the rental cost was more than your average hotel conference space). Congratulations! 1 agrees Reply I really love the dresses ladies! Beautiful photos! 0 agree Reply I LOVE your "Warning" card!!!!! 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.