Jessica & Eric's West Coast music festival-meets-traditional wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#autumn#feathers#pagan#photo booth#seattle#tattooed bride#washington#wings April 3 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride There is also a slightly NSFW photo below. Be warned (and titillated). Photos by Ken Roeder, Jason Lenard, Dawn Bustanoby, Vicki Ayers, Lily Supardan, and Limelight Photobooth. All photos by Ken Roeder unless noted. The offbeat bride: Jessica, nursing student Her offbeat partner: Eric, engineering student Date and location of wedding: Georgetown Ballroom, Seattle, WA — October 1, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We involved our community as much as possible. The photographer, the caterer, the dresses, the music, the decorations, the hair and makeup, the ceremony, and the photo booth were either a gift or a trade. We saved a ton of money doing it that way. The venue (which we paid for) was the most important thing to us. We wanted a colorful space that already possessed character with a dining area, a dance floor, and an outdoor area. Rather than having guests fill out a guest book, we had Mad Lib-style cards up at the bar for people to fill out while waiting for their drinks. The photo booth and our ridiculous leg lamp cake (that even lit up!) were my favorite parts of the event. Photo by Jason Lenard Tell us about the ceremony: Everyone gathered in the ballroom, waiting for the bridal party to descend the staircase. My nieces, wearing fairy wings, were the first to descend. One of them carried a small stuffed elephant that had belonged to my grandma. The groom's wedding band was around the elephant's trunk. That was how we included my recently passed grandma. Photo by Dawn Bustanoby As the ladies and I walked down the aisle, I heard "oohs and aahs" as guests saw the back of my dress (which was secretly my favorite part). The ceremony began with calling in the four directions. For most of the family, this was something "hippie" that they had never been exposed too. Much to my surprise, they all thought it was a great idea. The ceremony was written and performed by two of my best friends, who are officiants. In the beginning, we named each family member and asked them to stand as we thanked them for their support and asked for their blessing. Photo by Jason Lenard We wrote our own vows. This included an idea I found on Offbeat Bride: a wine box ceremony which involves locking letters and a bottle of wine in a box that we will open on our five-year anniversary. Photo by Jason Lenard One of the officiants brewed us a brandy liquor that we fed to each other as part of the ceremony. At the end, we walked back down the aisle to Kool and the Gang's "Celebration." Photo by Vicki Ayers Our biggest challenge: Our caterer is the author of a book called "La Figa: Visions of Food and Form," so we asked him to do an art performance towards the end of the reception demonstrating his unique food art. The performance involved two scantily clad women being artistically covered with food, with copies of the book near-by for context. While it was beautiful, there were a handful of relatives who were very offended. I definitely had to do some damage control. Photo by Jason Lenard My favorite moment: Having the ceremony performed by my two good friends made it feel like we really were declaring our commitment in front of the people we love. And of course, walking down the aisle with my dad was really special. Photo by Dawn Bustanoby My funniest moment: During the ceremony, one of the ring bearers interrupted to hand us the ring. We had to tell him we weren't ready for him yet. Then he pulled at the feathers of my dress and stuck his tongue out at the other ring bearer. I had no choice but to laugh it off and continue. I spy Ariel Meadow Stallings! She must have crashed the party. During the reception, the photo booth was by far the most fun. It was great to see normally subdued people put on wigs/hats/glasses and ham it up for the camera. Photo by Vicki Ayers Cake + cake artist. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Plan every detail that you can beforehand. On the day of, when things don't go as you had envisioned, don't get upset. Let it go and remember how awesome you both are. And you can never communicate too much. Photo by Limelight Photobooth Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Ken Roeder, Jason Lenard, Dawn Bustanoby, Vicki Ayers, and Lily Supardan Photo booth: Limelight Photo Booth Bride's dress: Mimi G Designs Hair and makeup: Foxy Cut Bridemaids' dresses: Buddhaful Groom's vest: Etsy seller OnceUponABustle Catering: Tiberio's Catering Cake: Art of Confections Music: 206 Noisemaker 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 Do I really want to marry you? When doubts are a good thing. NEXT Delicious and sometimes adorable options for your wedding brunch menu Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] That dress is crazy amazing! And I love the elephant ring holder; cute and touching. 4 agree Reply Leg lamp cake FTW! I also love that you incorporated your grandmother's elephant. Congratulations! Reply your leg lamp cake just made my day!! plus, the feathers on your dress? spectacular. Reply Beautiful couple! I also love love love the fairy wings, looks like it was a fantastic wedding. Reply This was by far the most unique and beautiful wedding I have enjoyed viewing the pictures of! Your dress was amazing and every detail down to the adorable elephant for your grandmother was awesome! Wish i could have been there and I am so happy for you two! How fun to get featured in a magazine! Bonus! Reply Great ideas..amd most important looks like it was lot of fun..the leg lamp is one of a kind Reply Beautiful! Do I spy a burner wedding? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via 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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