Anna & Jon's family and sweets, hot-day wedding #Real Weddings: Global#bearded groom#birdcage veil#candy buffet#cane#colored veil#europe#long-haired groom#plus size#short dress#tattooed bride#top hat#uk June 26 | Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Anna, Credit Controller Her offbeat partner: Jon, IT Support Date and location of wedding: Pitville Pump Rooms and The Tithe Barn, Cheltenham, UK — October 1, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We started off with many grand ideas and eventually pared this down to the few things we both really wanted: awesome shoes, colour, SWEETS, family, and cupcakes. I also really wanted my brother to walk in with me, not due to any issues with my pops or step-dad, but just because my brother is my closest relative and I wanted him to be part of the day. We had centrepieces that were glass bowls filled with water beads in lime green and purple, and that served as our "colors." My sisters and best friend were my little bridal party, and all wore short black dresses of their choosing. We wanted lots of cake and along with the 80+ cupcakes, we ended up with carrot cake and a lemon cake made by my mum. At the end of the night we were giving people trays of cake to take home. Tell us about the ceremony: We had a fairly standard ceremony, but were able to include our own readings and music. We had a fab reading of "A Lovely Love Story" by Edward Monkton, read by my "makeup Jedi" Mary, complete with dinosaur noises and hand puppetry. My step-dad picked out his own reading as well: MARRIAGE IS Someone to believe in And to put their trust in you Someone who appreciates The special things you do, Someone to be close to, In your heart and mind, Someone who's the love You might have thought you'd never find, Someone who stands by you And whose faith can make you strong, Someone you will cherish Every day, your whole life long – Emily Matthews As our piece of music whilst signing the register, we had "If I Didn't Have You" by Tim Minchin. Jon is a massive Star Wars fan, so we had "The Imperial March" playing as we left the ceremony. Epic Iron Fist shoes! Our biggest challenge: We had some family issues that escalated into some guests not coming to the wedding. We realised that anyone spouting negative and spiteful things to us about our decisions was not what we wanted. So the decision was made to not include them in the day. But everyone else was really excited and enthusiastic. My mum told all her friends how "alternative" it was going to be and how excited she was about it. I understand not everyone will react like this, but you might be surprised by who ends up being the most supportive. Also, the day we got married was ridiculously hot. It was the hottest October day the UK has had for 100 years. It was baking hot and, if you know English weather, this was unheard of. Instead of dodging the rain for photos, we had to rush through them so people didnt pass out from the heat. Luckily, our reception venue had nice outside areas, so people ended up roaming around all day in the shade. My favorite moment: I only teared up twice. The first was when my youngest sister gave me a letter on the wedding morning, and the contents of it just slayed me. The other moment was when the speeches started. My dad started out with some jokes, but then very seriously said he was proud to know me. I also loved the moments with my brother before walking in to the ceremony, and then walking into the hall and everyone spontaneously bursting into applause. What a lovely moment. My funniest moment: I loved when all the men with long hair and beards had a photo together. All the hairy men had gathered! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: friends of the couple Bride's dress: Vivien of Holloway Bride's birdcage headpiece: Custom-made by CuriologyOnline Bride's shoes: Iron Fist Groom's shoes: Fanai from eBay Groom's outfit: Famous of Cheltenham Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F79864887%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157630058709318%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F79864887%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157630058709318%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157630058709318&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 PREVIOUS Why we chose to have an "adventuring party" instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen NEXT Cake potluck: ask family members to bake their signature sweets Toggle comments [ 19 ] The picture of all the long haired men makes me swoon I think we're only going to have 3 at mine (including the groom, luckily!) I am also loving the bride's hair and shoes! 7 agree Reply Wow, I love the blue and green dress; so gorgeous and retro. And the hairy men of course! 2 agree Reply That was my comfy dress, I am also wearing pink converse trainers with it – it was so hot i was starting to wobble a bit in my wedding garb so came prepared Reply brilliant. Especially loving the matching hair and shoes Reply Love your use of Tim Minchin! We want that hilarious number as our first dance! 1 agrees Reply Ahhhh, I love it! all of it We're planning on having Tim Minchin's Nothing Can Stop Us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDgLOssQU8E) song during our ceremony – yay for Tim brides! Reply Tim Minchin FTW. Love it. (I performed Peace Anthem for Palestine at a piano recital a couple of years ago– my mom about passed out from mortification, but the rest of the crowd seemed to enjoy it). 1 agrees Reply Haha! That would have been so funny! Reply I adore the bride's getup! Dress, socks, shoes, veil, hair=all amazing. This cheered up my whole day to see someone rocking this hard and looking so good while doing it. Thanks 1 agrees Reply Beautiful blue hair, handsome hirsute men and Tim Minchin… oh my, this is like the ultimate trifecta of awesome! Amazing Reply I love it Anna! Once again you guys look amazing and it was absolutely loverly to read the details. Reply Thanks for all the awesome comments, there are more picks on my Flickr page Reply Huzzah for that particular Minchin song! That is just the best. Now if only my ultra-romantic partner couldmget on board with it… Reply Just had to pipe up as another person who's pleased as punch about the Tim MInchin song. Love that man so much. Reply you look absolutely stunning! what a beautiful colourful wedding xx Reply what a babe! i love this wedding and that the bride and groom have such a cool style. i hope i can take inspiration from this wedding and not care what the "people who dont matter" think of our wedding or the fact we will be "alternative" too. your mum sounds gorgeous and supportive, much like my mum. xo. Reply Big hugs to supportive moms! We hear so much of the negative and I can't be grateful enough for our awesome moms. I knew it was *aaall gonna be ok* when his mom said "I just can't wait to see what YOU TWO come up with" Thanks for the positive reminder. Reply The. 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