Crystal & Denny's rockabilly red and turquoise wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#button bouquet#couples of color#guestbook#interfaith#non-floral bouquet#plus size#polka-dot#red dress#retro#rockabilly#seattle#secular#washington December 26 | Offbeat Editors Photos by Rebecca Erickson The Offbeat Bride: Crystal, Office Manager Her offbeat partner: Denny, Assistant Manager Date and location of wedding: The Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle, Washington — November 23, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Denny and I come from vastly different backgrounds. Despite those perceived differences, we are a lot alike: hard working, loyal, determined, fun, creative, open-minded, musically and artistically inclined, with a complete love for animals and respect for equality. We decided to go with a musical theme, as that is something that brought us together and keeps us together in good times and bad. So, The Hard Rock Cafe seemed like the perfect spot. From there, we narrowed the theme to rockabilly. We both love that genre of music and style. We scaled down on decor and emphasized our respect and admiration for Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash. We wanted festive colors, so red and turquoise were perfect. Tell us about the ceremony: We didn't want a super religious ceremony. To start off, my dad walked me down the aisle with The Cult's "Wild Flower" playing — a song he picked out. Then the ceremony began with my dad reading a quote from Dr. Seuss (it was featured on the wedding invitation). Next, the bridal party read excerpts from "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Then Denny and I did readings. We wrote our own vows. Our friend read Taylor Mali's "Falling in Love Is Like Owning A Dog." Finally, my dad closed with an Irish wedding blessing. Our biggest challenge: About a week and a half before the wedding, our beloved blue merle Australian Shepherd passed away suddenly and tragically. It was devastating. We still had not planned the ceremony, so our whole ceremony became dog themed. We read two dog poems to honor our baby, Jack Angelo. They were "The Loss of a Heart Dog" and "The Rainbow Bridge." We also had a continuous slideshow of our dogs. Our dear friend read a poem entitled "Falling in Love is Like Owning A Dog." It turned out well. My favorite moment: The best moment was when we were finally married and we walked down the aisle and hid from everyone. I cried and he held me so tightly. That was the best… just melting into his arms. After the ceremony, we went to Seattle Great Wheel to enjoy the views of our city. We also took the family and bridal party to an awesome '50s diner for dinner. My funniest moment: Definitely my dad. He was ridiculous. He was our officiant and made such a difference. I think the consensus is that his humor, constant carriage of a Jack Daniels, and loud nature brought everyone to life. My Dad took the honor of creating our wedding playlist. We told him it had to be Rockabilly and he did a fantastic job; however, some of the song orders were messed up. So after he pronounced us husband and wife, he planned for a song (not sure which) to play, but what ended up playing was "(Hey Baby) Que Paso" by The Texas Tornadoes. We all cracked up. It was perfect. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? Since we lost our dog, we weren't very focused on the wedding. We threw the ceremony together the night before and I was nervous because we didn't practice. There were a few awkward moments, but the emotions, the readings, and the love during the ceremony was priceless and perfect. My advice for Offbeat Brides: It's totally ok to go through a million different ideas and themes. I suggest finding something that brings both of you together and narrowing it down. We had key pieces that were totally authentic to us (Denny's robot cufflinks and my awesome shoes). I can't express how happy I was that we came up with a ceremony that was indicative of who we are. That was a very tough challenge. Do your research ahead of time, discuss, personalize, and let it roll. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photographer: Rebecca Erickson Etsy. Seriously. The whole thing was planned on Etsy. If I found a piece that I really connected with, but wasn't the right color or whatever, I talked with the vendor and they customized everything for me. I didn't have time to navigate through the craziness of Seattle to find the right things. But, Etsy was perfect. Made me happy to help people with their Etsy shops. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F20866922%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157632238004847%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F20866922%40N08%2Fsets%2F72157632238004847%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157632238004847&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 Capture all of your wedding photos the easy way with Storymix NEXT Coordinate your bridesmaids with matching purses Toggle comments [ 4 ] Ahh! I'm in love with the dress! Was that an Etsy find, too? 2 agree Reply Yes, even the dress was from Etsy!! 0 agree Reply Could you tell me the name of the store? I want that dress so hard… and the petticoat… 0 agree Reply Congratulations on being married, it looks like it was a beautiful wedding and you're both looking so happy! 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. 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.