Nicole & Kyle's punk rock and skulls wedding #Real Weddings: Northeast US#candy buffet#connecticut#converse#first look#pink dress#punk#secular#tattooed bride#wedding dress fantasy June 20 | Offbeat Editors Photos by: Picture This Photos by Picture This The Offbeat Bride: Nicole, bartender/waitress (and Tribesmaid) Her offbeat partner: Kyle, history teacher and guitar player in a punk rock band Date and location of wedding: Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT — May 25, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple, so that everyone could see why we truly love one another. So we took a traditional venue and made it our own. Instead of floral centerpieces, we had glitter skulls in four different colors (black, hot pink, blue, and lilac custom-made by Kate Parker) and black and pink candles. I wore an ombre pink dress, the groom and groomsmen wore custom-made vests that used to be punk rock tees and Converse. The bridesmaids carried knuckle duster skull clutches instead of bouquets! We had two bands: Union Rail's bluegrass sounds for the cocktail hour, and a punk band called Lost In Society for the reception. Our first dance was to the Bouncing Souls' cover of The Misfits "Hybrid Moments." We love that song, so our rings are black bands with the first line of it engraved on them. Kyle's says, "If you want to scream then scream with me," and mine says "Moments like this never last." Food, booze, and music were our main priorities. We had a cupcakes and a candy bar for desserts and favors (multi-functional when you're paying for your own wedding is a must!). Tell us about the ceremony: Neither of us are very religious, so we wanted to create our own ceremony and had one of our good friends, Johnny, ordained online to officiate. Kyle's family is Catholic, so I wanted to accommodate them somehow, too. We ended up with a basic ceremony and exchanging of the rings, and then moved on to a four-string handfasting ceremony. Instead of each saying "I Do," we said in unison, "We will." We also had one of our friends play some songs on his guitar during the ceremony: the bridal party came into "Astrozombies," I walked in to "Saturday Night," and then we exited as a couple to "Hybrid Moments," of course. Our biggest challenge: We had some trouble convincing our family that a punk rock wedding could be a classy affair. Everyone seemed to expect something much more wild than we were planning. It was hard talking about it to people who don't know us. But we really tailored it towards our aesthetics and it went well. My favorite moment: We had a first look before the ceremony, which took so much pressure off. Plus, it meant we got to chat and enjoy the cocktail hour with our immediate family and our wedding party (our other family). The best man was Kyle's twin brother, and the maid of honor was one of my best friends since high school. Their speeches were some of my favorite moments, too. They even used props! My funniest moment: The lead singer of one of the bands, Lost In Society, kept intentionally calling us by different names like "Kevin and Natalie," "Lyle and Natasha," etc. (which was one of my ceremony fears!). They came out for the last set of the night as an '80s hair metal band called "Booger Sugar," too. It was phenomenal! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Picture This Bride's dress: Wedding Dress Fantasy. I found them on Offbeat Bride, and they were so accommodating when I asked for some tweaks. Shoes: Vivienne Westwood Knuckle duster skull clutches: Amazon Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F96932171%40N03%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F96932171%40N03%2Fshow%2F&set_id=96932171@N03&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Wedding Dress Fantasy 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 "How can a dress make you fat?": Judging my value by more than my clothes NEXT Keep it cute and simple with this mini-succulent + tea lights centerpiece combo Show/Hide comments [ 24 ] Oh man, that dress is so amazing! 9 agree Reply Whoaaa, that dress! It's like a giant cupcake, in the best way. 11 agree Reply I was going to say the exact same thing! I love it so much! 1 agrees Reply That dress! I don't know if the similarity was intentional, but it bears a strong resemblance to Kaylee's 'Shindig' dress (from Firefly) http://bright-copper-penny.blogspot.com/2012/03/kaylees-shindig-dress.html 8 agree Reply That dress is gorgeous! Reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara's white ruffle dress in the opening scene from Gone with the Wind. 1 agrees Reply Awwwww…I love Kaylee!! That was one of my favorite episodes and I love how she's this smart and tough girl but she just wanted a pretty dress and to feel like a princess. Reply I want to be friends with everybody at that wedding. How absolutely fantastic, fun, & FUCKING AWESOME! 3 agree Reply amazing!!! I love everything! and the last picture is so very epic 1 agrees Reply 1. I'm jealous of the awesome purple bridesmaid dress. 2. I love the band-calling-you-the-wrong-names thing. 3. ZOMG KAYLEE DRESS! I have no clue if that's intentional, but if not, it's the most awesome coincidence ever! 3 agree Reply I love everything about this! Also: Bouncing Souls + Misfits = SPLOOSH. Reply Her gown is the best!! 1 agrees Reply My head pretty much exploded when I saw that dress. Then came the glitter skulls *faints* 5 agree Reply This must be Pink Wedding Dress Week on OBB. Pink ombre + ruffles + poof = Suh-weet! 4 agree Reply Oh man, we should have made it a full-fledged theme week! Five pages of pink dress love over here: http://offbeatbride.com/tag/pink-dress 2 agree Reply This dress is everything. I want to give it a hug. 1 agrees Reply Thank you everyone for your comments, can't tell you how happy I am to be spending the rest of my life with the beautiful women in that amazing dress! 4 agree Reply Definitely a punk wedding for a very awesome punk couple! I got a real kick out of the punk rock band-themed vests! 1 agrees Reply So. Who made those ahhhhh mazing vests??? 2 agree Reply The maid of honors mother made all the vest for the guys. It was kyles vision though. The punk rock tuxedo Reply Love love love love! Also, we're wedding date twins — J and I got married on 5/25 as well 1 agrees Reply THAT DRESS!!!!!! new favorite dress ever. 2 agree Reply Now that is refreshing. Day of the dead skulls and big hair bands. Congratulations! 1 agrees Reply Omg. This wedding speaks to my inner bad-ass. Love it! Especially your SHOES! Reply What a special wedding, I love her wedding dress and their handbags.So pretty. 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. 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