Abby & Robb's big family handfasting Halloween wedding #Real Weddings: Southern US#autumn#candy buffet#diy wedding#economical wedding#florida#geeky#handfasting#pagan#park#red dress#tattooed bride#wedding boots October 27 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Aw yeah, it's Halloween week! Get ready for a big helping of tricks and treats with your romance. Today we've got a killer red dress, a handfasting, ribbon wands, and lots of Fall colors . Photos by friends of the couple The offbeat bride: Abby, cosmetology student Her offbeat partner: Robb, e-commerce sales engineer Location & date of wedding: Long Key Nature Center, Davie, FL — October 31, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: We didn't have a lot of money to play with, but we refused to settle for anything less than the beautiful image of Halloween that we had our hearts set on. We did most of the work ourselves, with the help of loved ones. We had a Pagan handfasting, and all the guests wore costumes. We had a taco bar, but to gain access to it, you first had to play trivial combat or rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. We also had cupcakes displayed like a pumpkin patch. We had a costume contest, and of course, a candy bar. Tell us about the ceremony: We had a Pagan handfasting ceremony that featured our bridesmaids opening the circle. We read our vows to each other, and being such geeks, we each included a fantasy theme (mine was Doctor Who and his was 300). Toward the end, our officiant, who dressed as a Stephen King character, was missing a page of the script so he improvised it from there. Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was money. We wound up getting free labor and donations from our family and friends, not to mention an unmeasurable amount of help the day-of setting up and breaking down. To them we are eternally grateful! My favorite moment: Walking down the aisle with my dad. Sharing an "Ohmigodwe'regettingmarried… like FOR REALZ" glance with Robb just before the ceremony started. Turning around to see all of my friends and family dressed in awesome costumes, waving ribbon wands. My Maid of Honor's speech. Having a stroll through the darkened, closed park during the reception with a couple of close friends. Calling Robb my husband for the first time. My funniest moment: The moment Robb realized he had forgotten one of the Groomsmen's' orange ties at home, and threw a reusable Home Depot tote to a friend and said "Here, make a tie!" I also delegated the task of making the sangria and the "ghoul fruit punch" to a couple of our friends, who subsequently mixed them both together making the most delicious sangria punch that you or your mother has ever tasted. My advice for offbeat brides: Just remember that the details really don't matter. No one remembers what material the chair covers are made of, and my own Grandmother doesn't remember the table runners we had on each and every table. All that matters is the next day you're married. 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 Phantom meets Halloween in this DIY masquerade wedding in Florida NEXT Custom horror movie posters for your Halloween wedding decor Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Your red wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous! I also really love the cupcakes, they look delicious. Congratulations! Reply Your wedding dress is beautiful and I love all the decorations. Especially love the photo of the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen, they look great! Congrats!! Reply Thank you! Reply I would *love* to know where the beautiful bride got her dress; and, even better, if she'll be selling it! 😉 Reply I got it at a small local bridal shop, its actually a prom dress! It has since been repurposed for a costume project. Thanks! Reply Your wedding is awesome. I love your dress and your bridemaids' outfits! 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.