Megan & Jason's geek chic love fest in the woods #Real Weddings: Western US#california#eco-friendly#gamers#geeky#interfaith#non-floral centerpiece#outdoor#s'mores#shoes#tattooed bride November 19 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Deborah Huber The Offbeat Bride: Megan, barista Her offbeat partner: Jason, pre-press guru Date and location of wedding: Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA — April 1, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We are both geeks, each in our own right, and were super excited to incorporate different aspects of geekdom into the wedding. I knew I wanted to make 3D Tetris blocks that I'd seen on Offbeat Bride ages ago. Jason also added Tetris blocks into the programs as a border. Keeping with a running Mario theme in our relationship, we had a Mario and Peach cake topper and they made an appearance on our invitations that Jason designed as well. I have a bone deformity in my ankles which requires me to wear orthotics, meaning no cute heels. Jason wanted to wear checkered Vans, so I decided we would wear Vans that matched with the groomsmen. I rocked my tattoos and piercings, and the only flowers in sight were my bouquet, which I resisted as "too traditional" until I decided to honor my great grandmother with hydrangeas, her favorite flower. Tell us about the ceremony: We chose "If I Had $1,000,000" by Barenaked Ladies as the processional. It really embodies the goofiness and strange little conversations that make up our relationship. We wanted to keep things short and sweet, and had our friend J lead things along, using a vintage copy of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to hold readings. My friend Ivy read "A Lovely Love Story" by Edward Monkton. My coven handfasted us as a group; one held sacred space, one explained the symbolism and meaning behind the ritual, and one did the actual tying of the cord. Our biggest challenge: Paying for it! There were many times that neither of us had any idea how we were going to come up with the money for this or that, especially the final bill from the venue. Luckily we had a lot of help with things that would have made it impossible to pay for. My cousin made the world's most delicious s'mores cupcakes and had the top cake layer made for us to cut and freeze. Many people helped us hunt down vases and candle holders for the centerpieces. There are too many things to name, but it all really added up and helped the whole thing feel like a community effort. We are very lucky. My favorite moment: Saying our own vows. Walking up the aisle past the crowd of people I had barely noticed were even there the whole time. The whirlwind of hugs, congrats, food, drinks, laughs, and trying really really hard to stay in the moment. My funniest moment: One of the groomsmen, Mart, promised us a fun surprise as a gift. He left the reception and returned wearing what can only be described as The Ostrich Rider. It was really the last thing we expected to see, but that was easily the hardest I'd laughed in a while! Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? There were heavy rainstorms in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and even up until the night before. Luckily the lawn dried out enough to still hold the ceremony outside, and it was a gorgeous sunny day. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Don't miss out on things you want to do, or vice versa, just to be "more offbeat" or "more traditional." If you don't want something, don't do it. If you want it, by all means get it! What will matter in the end is that you get your partner and had fun. Everything else is secondary. Don't get caught up in labels and other people's expectations. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Trudy's Brides Suits: Selix Megan's rings: Brilliant Earth Ceremony musician: Ken Brown Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F78664909%40N02%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F78664909%40N02%2Fshow%2F&set_id=78664909@N02&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Brilliant Earth 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 5 engagement rings from Brilliant Earth that'll make your sweetie say HELL YES! NEXT Add a secret letter memorial in your paper flower bouquet Toggle comments [ 10 ] The Dark Tower!!!! 3 agree Reply Aaah, Dark Tower tattoo! So cool. 4 agree Reply and thrice for the Dark Tower!! eeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! love the tattoo! 4 agree Reply Those shoes are identical to the ones my future groom wants! We are eyeing them for him and our kids. Cute! 0 agree Reply i, too, would like to exclaim over your excellent dark tower tattoo! and having barenaked ladies for your processional. that is wonderful. =) 1 agrees Reply nth-ing the "Oh my god, Dark Tower tattoo" gushing 1 agrees Reply Also adding love for the Dark Tower tattoo. And s'mores cupcakes sound like heaven… 1 agrees Reply Gorgeous dress! 0 agree Reply Does anyone know who the designer was for this dress? 0 agree Reply Danielle, I'd suggest contacting the photographer to see if she can get you in touch with the bride to ask. 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. 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