Andrea & Angelo's rock 'n' roll, leopard-print, Italian feast wedding #Real Weddings: Canada#no wedding party#ontario#print dress#red dress#rock 'n' roll wedding#rock band#skulls#tattooed bride#toronto#vintage weddings May 31 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by James Heaver XPhoto The offbeat bride: Andrea, works for a record company by day, a yoga/pilates instructor by night, and a singer and bellydancer later at night Her offbeat partner: Angelo, audio recording engineer Date and location of wedding: The Berkeley Church, Toronto, Canada — April 2, 2011 What made our wedding offbeat: My husband and I are both Italian, and Italian weddings can sometimes be pretty traditional and definitely not our style. While we wanted to keep the best things about being Italian — family, lots of food, and lots of booze, we knew we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personalities. Music is everything to both of us so that was really one of the main things that mattered. We needed an amazing live band that could play a wide variety of all the music we love — oldies, motown, rock from the '50s and '80s — so we found Shugga who was all that and more. They made the wedding feel like a rock concert, which was exactly the vibe we wanted! We knew we did not want to have the wedding at a banquet hall. I had been to the Berkeley Church to see the band Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs a few years back and knew that was the perfect place. It is an old church from the 1800s in downtown Toronto, and it's very vintage and gothic. I chose to a wear red dress with leopard-print accents. The choice was very nontraditional for an Italian bride, although no one in my family was surprised I did not wear white. I chose my favorite colors as the scheme — black, red and leopard-print! To keep the costs low, the only things that were expensive were the band and my dress, but both were so worth it. I'm a bargain shopper and found my leopard heels for $23, my leopard, faux-fur vintage jacket for $20, and we bought all the centerpieces at Homesense. I made all the placecards, thank-you cards, and table numbers myself. The tables were named after our favorite music legends like Ozzy Osbourne, The Beatles, and Elvis. I love shopping on Etsy.com and had my vintage fabric bouquet custom-made by an amazing designer for next to nothing! Our sugar skull cake topper was from there as well, painted to match our outfits, and looked so cute on top of our wedding cupcakes. I also got my headpiece, rhinestone skull garter and wedding invitations on there too. What a great place to shop! For our first dance, my husband created a mash up of "No Ordinary Love" by Sade in the recording studio where he works, mixing Sade's version with The Deftones version. It came out really well. We didn't have a bridal party, speeches, or a grand entrance. We wanted our guests to enjoy a big, Italian feast, and then dance their asses off to a rockin' band. We wanted a big party and that's exactly what we had. Everyone agreed that it was exactly what they expected from me and my husband. Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony was short and simple. Everything was done in the venue, and the ceremony was upstairs on the mezzanine in front of the big stained glass windows. It was beautiful. We wanted it simple and quick so we could start the party! My dad walked me down the aisle to The Beatles song "Here, There and Everywhere" and we walked back as husband and wife to The Beatles "All You Need is Love." Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was probably keeping the guest list under 150. We just simply had to eliminate anyone who wasn't part of our close friends and family. We did go over, but thankfully we had people who couldn't come and were able to end up with 147. Phew! My funniest moment: When two of my best girlfriends started doing drunken, improvisational "modern dance" on the dance floor, complete with lifts. It was hilarious! Have you been married before and if so, what did you do differently? My husband was married before. I actually attended his wedding! It was pretty much night and day from our wedding — traditional Italian, over 300 guests, held at an Italian banquet hall, white dress, wedding DJ, bridal party, and a church ceremony. The only thing that was the same was the big Italian meal. That is a must! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Etsy! I love this site! You can find almost everything and anything on here for great prices. Cupcakes: We bake in heels Live band: Shugga Photography: James Heaver XPhoto Vintage! It's always fun and unique, but you have to hunt for this stuff yourself. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! 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 Dazzling green duds, bad-ass wedding boots, and a game of Tetris NEXT Matt's amazing superhero wedding surprise! Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] This wedding was EPIC!! Us Italian's from Toronto KNOW how to throw a wedding! I love the red & leopard! Beautiful wedding! Rockin wedding! Reply Not to mention that us Toronto girls can throw a rock n roll wedding like no one else! Reply These two are so cute I kind of can't handle it. She looks gorgeous in that shade of red. 1 agrees Reply Love, love, LOVE! Reply Oh my goodness, I love the wedding gown first and foremost! It's red and sexy and fierce… ? And your song choice for walking down the aisle… perfect. C: Reply Love your Cake Topper! I got one from DNA Creations too! Reply I saw the 1st pic and thought "must comment on the hair!" – saw the second pic and thought "OMG, the dress too!" – the third & fourth pics, "wow, that venue!"… I just love the whole darn wedding! Gorgeous and looks like it was a blast! Reply Your wedding looks AMAZING!!! My FH, myself and our son will be exiting the ceremony to "All You Need is Love" also! It's our son's favorite Beatles song. 😀 Reply This is probably my favourite wedding dress I have seen, ever! That includes mine!! Although it wouldn't have suited our tropical ceremony. But it looks absolutely amazing on you! Congrats. Reply This wedding looks amazing. I love love love their style! Reply Where is the wedding dress from? I LOVE IT!! 1 agrees Reply Apsolutely gorgeous wedding. Great color combination(red and black) which is always classy. Wedding dress is oustanding! Reply Thanks everyone!! it was such an awesome day! looking forward to welcoming our lil riockin baby girl in a few months 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. 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.