Karina & Murray's monocles and Mario wedding #Real Weddings: Canada#autumn#canada#gamers#long-haired groom#origami#red dress#self-catered#short dress#top hat#vegan December 12 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by David Long The Offbeat Bride: Karina, Owner and Professional Fitness Nut Her offbeat partner: Murray, Communications Coordinator Date and location of wedding: The Metro Hall in New Westminster, BC — September 25, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We're not traditional types. I proposed to Murray. My mom made a beautiful display of 1000 origami cranes. I made origami flowers as wedding favours. I wore a red dress, purchased online at modcloth.com. We purchased white roses wholesale, and my best friend made bouquets and arrangements. Murray wore Mario star cufflinks, a top hat, and monocle. He also designed and created Mario Kart-themed wedding invitations. I made all the desserts for the buffet myself (and they were all vegan). There were cupcakes that matched our colors, cookies, and all kinds of goodies. Tell us about the ceremony: We personalized our vows, and I included some details about how we met… Murray, I feel incredibly lucky that I get to marry the loving, intelligent, and amazingly good-looking man I met on Granville Island five years ago. I would, in a heartbeat, still pay $5.15 for a coffee drink just to say, "hi" to you. I promise to always make you my first priority. I promise to treat you with respect, kindness, affection, and humour. I will endeavour to be the best partner I can be for you. I promise to love you 'til I croak. My funniest moment: Perhaps the last line of my vows: "I promise to love you 'til I croak." Got some laughs! My advice for Offbeat Brides: You can support other offbeat non-traditional types by purchasing handmade goods from sites like Etsy.com. It's great to be able to go against the grain and to support small, single-person or family-owned businesses. Make donations to a cause you support instead of creating wedding favours. In the same vein, you can have guests donate to charities instead of giving you gifts! Don't be afraid to mix 'n' match themes into your wedding. Monocles and Mario Kart somehow seemed to work well for us! What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? In the end, nobody gives a shit whether the napkins matched the colour scheme or whether the fruit platters looked just right. Even the bride and groom won't remember those details. What we do remember is having amazing friends and family supporting us as we start our lives together! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Modcloth Venue: The Metro Hall Photography: David Long Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: ModCloth Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME 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 Boogie on down to Scratch Weddings to find your dream wedding DJ NEXT Big lollipops: A sweet addition to your bouquet Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] My jaw dropped when I saw that dress! And the rest of the pictures are just as stunning. I love the atmosphere you've built here. Plus the awesome vows. 4 agree Reply May I have one of those delicious cupcakes? My mouth is watering as I look at the picture of them. 1 agrees Reply Hello from another Karina who spells it properly. Love it all! I especially hope to know where you got your amazing gloves! Congratulations on a charming and lovely pairing! 1 agrees Reply Thanks, everyone! Other Karina: I got the gloves at a kick-ass store called The Jean Queen, on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Check out http://thejeanqueen.ca 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. 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.