Anna & Tom's rainbow hearts and tulle wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#atheist#colored crinoline#colorful#converse#rainbow#secular#short hair#tattooed bride#washington January 10 | Offbeat Editors Photos by: Larry Brunt We're in the mood to bring some rainbows, glitter, and colorful details into your life. It's a prismatic rainbow and colorful wedding theme week! Photos by Larry Brunt The Offbeat Bride: Anna, Toddler Teacher Her offbeat partner: Tom, Business Person at The Brewery Date and location of wedding: Spokesman Review Pavillion, Spokane, WA — July 29, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: The main goal of our wedding was to stick within our budget but have it still be fun. Tom and I couldn't decide on a color or a theme, so we chose all the colors! Tom ended up making a lot of the crafts since I was working full time. We had no church, no religious ceremony, and lots of rainbows! Tell us about the ceremony: I was dreading writing the ceremony, and couldn't find any readings I liked, so Tom ended up writing it himself, with the help of the internet. Here's a snippet: No ceremony can create your marriage. Only you can do that — through love, patience, dedication, perseverance — through talking and listening and trying to understand — through helping and supporting and believing in each other — through learning to forgive, learning to respect and appreciate your differences, and learning to make the important things matter and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife. We incorporated paper cranes for good luck and started the wedding at 3:30 so the minute hand would be in an up-swing for good luck. The ring bearer had a pillow with Ring-Pops on it, the flower girl had paper hearts to toss, and we ate my bouquet instead of tossing it. Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge came during set-up and we were short on help. Luckily, the "Beer Women" (Tom's family with the last name of Beer) stepped up and dished out tasks. My sister and I ran around putting up decorations while trying to keep our makeup from smearing. It was ridiculous, but it got done. Have you been married before and if so, what did you do differently? Tom was married previously in a Mormon ceremony, so this was quite a departure from that. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? My biggest tip: push the date out as far as is reasonable, even if you think you have enough time. I thought six months was long enough to plan the wedding, but for us that became a challenge. Also, prepare yourself mentally for the day. I was so nervous I could barely breathe. Take time out for yourself, even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress (I added the rainbow tulle and ribbon): Unique Vintage Photographer: Larry Brunt Hairpiece: Totus Mel Bride's ring: Catherine Marissa Groom's ring: Down to the Wire Designs Lollipops: Candied Cakes Venue: Spokesman Review Pavilion Broom: Anne Hooper Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F101469520%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157635445308474%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F101469520%40N04%2Fsets%2F72157635445308474%2Fshow%2F&set_id=72157635445308474&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Unique Vintage 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 Allow me to introduce you to the S'mores wedding cake NEXT Multicolored wedding shoes for a rainbow-bombastic wedding day Toggle comments [ 14 ] Gah! That cake! It's so beautiful! 3 agree Reply Love this! Especially the cAke, I'm A rainbow sprinkle fanatic. Beautiful wedding! Check out my website… I had a rainbow wedding as well, with rainbow hearts and sprinkles 3 agree Reply I love this, but I cannot tear myself away from the CAKE! 3 agree Reply LOOOOOOVE the dress!!!! I wanna have a very simple dress from cotton or linnen as well for my wedding. And that whitework gives that little something to the fabric. Absolutely gorgeous! And the rawfood plates are a brilliant idea. I have so many vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan etc friends, this would be the least to do for them. 3 agree Reply Wow! Absolutely beautiful! Love your dress! 1 agrees Reply ALL THE COLORS FOR THE WIN!!!! Congratulations! 2 agree Reply Lovely! You're right about quiet minutes by yourself. I totally went and just sat in a bathroom stall a couple of times, just for a couple of minutes, to get a bit of peace. And I am an extrovert! It's just such an intense day. Reply I am in love with your dress! I tried to look for something cotton eyelet, but couldn't find anything. I'm glad you found one, and you look beautiful in it. Reply Love brides and weddings that aren't afraid to use color! Awesome! Reply Ah! Your dress! I recognized it right away because I ALMOST bought the exact same one for my wedding. It looks super cute on you. Love the rainbows! Reply What a gorgeous mix of colour and happiness~! I was wondering where you got your fabulous heart shades? Reply Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I didn't notice I made it on here until today! I don't think I mentioned it, but the cake was made by my brother-in-laws' fiance's mom. She is a "weekend" cake maker. She took a photo I had from pinterest and totally nailed it. My heart glasses came from JC Penney (of all places); it was a random find for $6. Thanks again for all the positive feedback! It made me all teary eyed again! 1 agrees Reply This great! Do you have any advice for another bride planning around the Spokane area? We're definitely having a small ceremony over in Idaho on Tubbs Hill, but trying to find a reception place is driving me batty. -_-' Reply Geniibean, check our Spokane archive for venue ideas: http://offbeatbride.com/tag/spokane 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. 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