Stephanie & Zachary's budget-friendly courthouse and pizza wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#beach#courthouse#economical wedding#midweek wedding#military#wisconsin October 9 | Offbeat Editors This week we're celebrating intimate weddings with destination elopements, cozy city hall vows, and private romantic ceremonies. It's the warm fuzzies on a smaller scale. Photos by On3 Wedding Photography The offbeat bride: Stephanie, student Her offbeat partner: Zachary, United States Army Date and location of wedding: Douglas County Courthouse, Superior, WI — June 11, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Zachary and I wanted something different and our own. We decided to have our wedding on a Monday. He wore his Class A's and I wore a short, white dress. Our ceremony took place at our local courthouse, where we had a beautiful ceremony despite it being from a judge that we had never met before. We had just our immediate family and closest friends at the ceremony as well as at our pizza lunch reception that followed. After our lunch, we spent the evening bar-hopping with a group of friends before finding a hotel for the night. We weren't spending hundreds of dollars trying to impress anyone, we just wanted to be authentic and celebrate our love and commitment. Tell us about the ceremony: We were at the mercy of whatever our judge wanted to say. Luckily, his readings were perfect. He really tailored it and made it personal to us. By the tears in our families' eyes, it was beyond amazing. Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was whether or not to invite extended family and more of our friends. We ended up just inviting our immediate family because we figured the relatives would understand if it was just those closest to us. Our extended families showed overwhelming support for our decision, which was a relief. My funniest moment: I remember when my husband tried to put the wedding band on my finger during the ceremony (it was a little snug) and I said, "It'll fit!" Everybody started laughing. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? I thought that I wasn't going to have enough time or enough skill to do my own hair and makeup. I showed up about five minutes late to the courthouse to fill out paperwork because of that. But I think it was just fine in the end. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Plan a wedding within your means, and hire an amazing photographer. You can have the most gorgeous wedding in the world, but make sure the photographs do it justice. Also, consider a mid-week wedding. You will save big money everywhere, and those who really care will show up. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Remember to go with your gut, and be confident about your decisions. We would have been unhappy with a big wedding, so we chose to cater the size to our preference. People are going to ask why you did such-and-such, and you just have to own your choices. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: On3 Wedding Photography Dress: David's Bridal Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F88126429%40N08%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F88126429%40N08%2Fshow%2F&set_id=88126429@N08&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 What happens when you're invited to a wedding, but your non-traditional hair color ISN'T? NEXT Top your noggin with a wilder-style yarmulke Toggle comments [ 15 ] Amazingly perfect! And great photos! May you two always be happy! 3 agree Reply your photographer did an amazing job….pics look awesome…congrats!!!!! 7 agree Reply beautiful! congratulations, looks like a lot of fun 1 agrees Reply I just have to say, love the "green eyes" on the ring, so lovely! Reply Do you know that we just decided on this same exact format for our wedding, and had a bit of a disagreement of why I would want a photographer. This post has been sent to show him I'm not crazy. This is exactly what I was trying to express to him unsuccessfully. It doesn't matter that we aren't having something big and fancy. It IS special and I want all the little moments captured. 4 agree Reply This IS almost like what we are doing, and this is why I want a photographer too. Memories are one thing, but to display works of art are another. Plus, everyone gets dressed up a bit and it makes them appreciate it too. Reply So sweet! My favorite is the "pinkie promise" ring shot Many blessings to you both! 1 agrees Reply Click the "THIS" button if you agree with me that the staircase photo is the most intimate and romantic-looking one out of this entire post. 6 agree Reply SWEET!! 1 agrees Reply Dude, Pizza Luce! And your photos and photographers rock! 3 agree Reply Oh girl! Please let me tell you: I worked at David's Bridal for a year, during which your fabulous wedding dress hit the racks! I was DYING to see someone walk down the aisle in it but none of my bride's would take the bate. I know why not: 'cause they could not have pulled it off half as well as you did! That dress was made for you. You look stunning. Your pictures are stunning. And you look like you had the time of your life. Congratulations! 6 agree Reply My fiance and I just started to re-visit wedding plans (we just went through a huge move and a career change). We decided we want to do something along these lines (only that we have our pizza at a bowling alley, so we can bowl :D) I have some concerns and questions about courthouse weddings though. How did you handle/co-ordinate the "walking down the aisle" and then the processional? Obviously it isn't going to be like a traditional wedding where there is almost a parade going on, but I'm curious to see what other brides have done. Any experiences, opinions, etc. would be great! Also, the pinkie promise picture is my favorite too! Reply Your wedding was the inspiration for ours! I did not want an over-the-top, fancy affair, just something simple and real and I didn't want to eat food that I didn't love. We're getting married in our backyard by a friend with a reception at Pizza Luce in Minneapolis. 2 agree Reply Did this ever happen? Considering Pizza Luce for my reception. Reply I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!! This made me so much more happy with our decision to have a very small wedding (less than 20 people) and then pizza and cupcakes afterwards. The 'reception' is held in a local conservation park, where there is no alcohol allowed, and I'm 100% fine with it. Again, thank you! Your wedding looked perfect! 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.