Bailie & Curtis' tattooed vegans meet grandma's attic wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#backyard#blue dress#colorado#converse#donuts#handfasting#ipod#paper flowers#photo booth#self-uniting#short dress#tattooed bride#tattooed groom#vegan#wedding dogs July 25 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Kelsey White The offbeat bride: Bailie, Wax Studio Assistant Manager Her offbeat partner: Curtis, Tattoo Artist Date and location of wedding: Our Backyard in Fort Collins, Colorado — June 23, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Curtis and I wanted to keep our wedding intimate and true to who we are (fun-loving, silly, and quirky). We knew we wanted to have our ceremony at our home as well. We shared our first kiss in the backyard! We mixed my love of vintage housewares with Curtis' love of all things unexpected. I used old scales, cameras, and tablecloths I had collected from my grandmother's house and thrift stores as well as tons of oversized paper flowers. Curtis painted our wedding invitation which featured a squirrel bride and fox groom. He also made a huge backdrop for the ceremony. Since I was a little girl, I knew I didn't want to wear a white dress, so I went with a blue lace dress I got off Ebay for $50. All the bridesmaid's dresses were made from vintage floral fabrics. Our English Bulldog even had his own blue bow tie. We gave guests noise makers to make a loud roar after the ceremony. We had a full vegan Mexican buffet, and an assortment of vegan treats from donuts and cupcakes to cookies and pie. We covered the reception tables in brown craft paper and provided guests with crayons to let their inner artists out. I'm not a big dancer, so we used an iPod with a playlist of our favorite songs and skipped the traditional dances. We had a photo booth with a massive trunk full of props, and a vintage suitcase full of vintage-themed toys for the kids. Tell us about the ceremony: I walked down the aisle to Rise Against's "Swing Life Away." Curtis and I walked back down the aisle to "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals, followed by the Loony Toons' "That's All Folks!" Since you can officiate yourself in Colorado, we had our siblings officiate for us. We focused on how a relationship is not only made up of a couple, but also every individual around them. We did a handfasting ceremony instead of exchanging rings. We asked each guest to tie a knot into a piece of ribbon which symbolized their love and support for our marriage. My favorite moment: We had enlisted so many friends and family to help with all the little details of the wedding and it meant the world to us to have our ceremony represent all of us coming together to celebrate love, family, and friendship. After our ceremony was over, we took a brief walk around our neighborhood, just the two of us. It was probably the best moment in that we were able to completely focus on one another and the fact that we were married. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? There was a pretty large wildfire about 12 miles from our house that had been burning for a few weeks. The smoke in town made it hard to breathe outside, made everything smell like a campfire, and even lowered visibility. We woke up on the morning of our wedding to clear skies and no sight or smell of smoke. It was a beautiful day! My advice for Offbeat Brides: Accept that you will have moments in which you will think, "Why are we doing this?" Accept that others will have their own opinions and wishes for your big day. Accept that the picture you have in your head may not completely come to life in front of you. At the end of your wedding day, the details will be obsolete. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Reception venue: Lincoln Center Photographer: One Oak Photography Event designer: Inspired Vintage Rentals Hair: Kari Rainey Dessert: Beet Box Flowers: Etsy seller AlternativeBlooms Photo booth: Red Eye Photo Booth Bride's dress: Betsey Johnson Shoes: Converse Bridesmaid Dresses: Etsy seller Sohomode Bow ties: Aurora Scineros Bridesmaid gifts: Clay Lindo Menu board: Etsy seller CustomChalk Invitation stamps: Etsy seller VerdeStudio Favors: Etsy seller GreenDoxieEvents Servingware: Susty Party 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 Can't find the perfect processional? Have Matthew McConnell custom compose one for you! NEXT Build a delicious marriage foundation with a unity sandwich Show/Hide comments [ 19 ] such beautiful details! What a lovely, lovely wedding. Reply this whole thing is adorable! your new husband is mega-talented (that fox painting! that back drop) and you look spectacular in your blue dress. what a beautiful wedding, congratulations! 2 agree Reply Love your dress and your "favourite moment". You look so into each other! Reply gorgeous! Reply I love your dress, and that oversized flower in the last picture! And your dog! 🙂 The whole thing smade me smile. 1 agrees Reply So beautiful! Very happy looking wedding 🙂 Reply VERY quirky and playful. LOVE! Reply The picture of the blonde bridesmaid with the bird in her hair – did you make the bird hairpiece, or buy it? And how / from where? It looks like it was loads of fun! 🙂 Reply We made them the morning of the wedding. I collected birds from craft stores and purchased all the flowers and mushrooms from 32 North Supplies (https://www.etsy.com/people/32NorthSupplies). I used washi tape to secure the pieces together, but you could use a hot glue gun as well. We then pinned them in the hair with bobby pins, but if you have time, you could easily attach to a clip. Reply Put a bird on it! Beautiful wedding 🙂 1 agrees Reply It was an honor be a part of bringing your visions to life! You & Curtis are very special to us! Thank you for the opportunity to be behind the scenes. Hugs, the girls @ Inspired vintage rentals! Reply so many sweet details :X love her dress Reply She is, hands down, the most adorable bride ever! I love everything about this! Reply The colors in this wedding are making me slobber. So adorable! Reply I love these ideas! Wish we could have something outdoors, but no chance in NJ in the winter! Reply Swing Life Away, what a beautiful song. And hats off to you for such an awesome VEGAN dinner menu. You and your bridesmaids look gorgeous in your vintage-y dresses. I just got finished up with my own ceremony of love/fiesta of the century, but I have to admit I'm a little jealous of yours. Nice work! Reply I love the giant flower! Took me a minute to realize what I was looking at. Reply Im pretty sure my heart almost stopped beating when i looked at these. OH MY GOSH Reply Absolutely love this wedding – i have shared on my facebook page as i really enjoyed how refreshing it was to see a bride & groom follow their hearts! 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. 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