The Offbeat Bride: Rachel, cellist and yoga instructor
Her offbeat partner: Bo, musician and audio/visual technician
Date and location of wedding: Lyman Estate, Waltham, MA — November 10, 2012
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: The ceremony was very special for me personally because my beautiful mother walked me down the aisle, and my father performed the ceremony. He was cracking jokes the whole time and it really lightened up the atmosphere. We hired a viol consort, Long and Away, for the renaissance-inspired ceremony music. Since I'm a cellist, I have played in a billion weddings in my life and I wanted something different.
Our friends Noell and Ryan sang "I'll Be Your Mirror" by the Velvet Underground during the ceremony.
For the flowers, I just wanted a lot of red with black accents. I didn't choose specific flowers, but rather let the florist do her thing. I approached the table numbers the same way. I asked my wonderful artist friend and bridesmaid to make them. I just thought "bird-inspired" and she came up with these great silhouettes with glitter accents.
The reception had some great food, a beautiful toast by our best man and maid of honor, and our non-traditional version of cake-cutting. Bo and I don't care too much for cake, so we asked our caterers to make tiny tarts and chocolate-covered strawberries. They were organized on tiered plates to resemble a cake. So Bo and I just fed each other a tiny tart instead of cutting the cake.
The dance party was lots of fun thanks to the amazing Andrea Gillis Band. They don't usually play weddings, but they have been playing in the Boston/Cambridge area for many years and they also happen to be our friends.
My favorite moment: When I saw Bo for the first time at our wedding venue, he just looked amazing I also loved when Bo and I kept telling each other "we're married" every two minutes after the ceremony.
My funniest moment: My dad, who was officiating, was being a total goofball during the ceremony. He told everyone that my mother used to refer to me as a "self-cleaning oven."
My advice for Offbeat Brides: Create an image in your head of how you want events to flow during the ceremony and the reception and try to plan it out with some padding for the unexpected. The day of the wedding, all I told myself was that I was going to try to look good, have fun, and say "I do."
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Even though I already knew it, my husband is the most awesome dude ever. And my family is pretty cool too.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Photography: Cara Brostrom
- Dress: Dolly Couture
- Shoes: Gabriella Rocha
- Necklace: Etsy seller Tyra Handmade Jewelry
- Bridal Cuff: Etsy seller Lapis Beach
- Earrings: Etsy seller Fancy Lemon
- Bridal headband: Etsy seller Be Something New
- Caterer: Swartz Catering
- Hair: Christine Andrade
- Dress Alternations: Alterations by Hranush
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!
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