Lindsay & Val's Broadway-themed, musical wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#bride in pants#chicago#dancing#diy centerpiece#illinois#lesbian weddings#LGBT#musical theater wedding#short hair#spring September 28 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Michelle Lytle Photography The offbeat bride: Lindsay, Museum Assistant (and OBT Member) Her offbeat partner: Val, HR Coordinator at the Opera Location & date of wedding: Center on Halsted in "Boystown," Chicago, IL — May 15, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: Obviously being a lesbian couple, you already run into the Offbeat brand. We decided to stay in Chicago even though gay marriage isn't legal in Illinois (yet!). We both share a passion for seeing musicals and shows, so we added elements of that into our wedding. We had a local improv troupe perform their musical improv show in between the ceremony and reception. Each table topper was a Playbill of a show we'd seen. We had Broadway love songs play during the cocktail break, in between the ceremony and improv show. Then, the evening ended with a break out of the song, "Happy Ending" from The Pirate Movie – complete with the dance number! The local improv troupe + Lindsay and Val Tell us about the ceremony: We started the ceremony with a coordinated dance to the Cher song, "Different Kind Of Love Song." The song's lyrics really hit home for us. Our wedding party all came out slowly, then we walked out from backstage. Then everyone broke out into dance mode! Hilarious! Our officiant read about our life together and the (crazy) way we ended up in Chicago. Both our moms read pieces for us. We wrote our own vows that were both funny and sweet. We walked out to a song called "Perfect Day" by Hoku, a very upbeat song about just having that perfect day. Our biggest challenge: Having a lesbian wedding, period. At first, when we told our families about it, even though they support us as a couple, they didn't seem to understand why we would want to do this if it wasn't legal in Illinois. Almost everyone expected us to go to Iowa instead! However, they finally understood why we were having a wedding and celebrating our union with friends and family, even though it wasn't legal. It took some educating (which isn't a bad thing!), but everyone ended up on the same page. We had a blast! Pint glass favors? Yes, please! My favorite moment: So many to choose from! Our vows to each other. We wrote our own vows to each other. There were very witty and meaningful. Neither of us started bawling, but we got pretty close to it. Seeing everyone after the ceremony was really meaningful. Some people flew in from out of state and we hadn't had a chance to see them until that moment! Dia de los Muertos cupcakes! Seeing Val's parents dancing to their first dance song (which we actually had to find someone on Craigslist to make it into a MP3 so that we could actually play it!). They didn't get to dance to their song at their own wedding because the band didn't have the sheet music. So we made up for it! Lindsay's parents' first dance song from their wedding was "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner. As soon as the chorus came on, EVERYONE started singing at the top of their lungs! The speeches by our best men were just amazing, and I'm so thankful that they were there. My funniest moment: I think the ending. Val and her two sisters use to watch the (horrid) movie musical "The Pirate Movie" all the time. Val even mentioned she would love for us to dance to the last song "Happy Ending" at some point during out wedding. But we didn't really plan on it. At the end of the night, one of our friends quietly nudged the DJ to play it. All of a sudden, it started playing. We were pretty surprised. Val, her sisters and some friends, got in line and did the dance routine to the entire thing! What a fun note to leave on! Impromptu 'Happy Ending' dance from The Pirate Movie My advice for offbeat brides: Try *not* to be reading/looking at wedding blogs constantly (sorry OBB! :D). At first, we spent so much time looking at wedding blogs. We saw all of these really cool things and we started getting more and more ideas on what we wanted to do. Playbill from Broadway musicals for centerpieces Then our ideas started to become cluttered and confusing. We had so many original interests that we wanted to include, then on top of that, we were now trying to add all of these other awesome ideas that we had seen. Finally, we had to take a step back, breathe and narrow the ideas down one by one. People have a TON of great ideas out there – but you can't do them all! What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? That we rock as a couple! We are awesome at making decisions together, even in stressful situations. And we have our own strengths and interests that we enjoy taking care of (Val likes budgets and planning, Lindsay likes the DIY stuff), and we each did it. We were able to work as a team, yet again and we pulled off something amazing! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photos: Michelle Lytle Photography Food: J & L Catering Cupcakes: Mollys Cupcakes Flowers:Pollen Floral Wedding Playbill Holders: Etsy Centerpieces (besides Playbill holders and flowers) – Dollar Tree Wedding Toppers: The Field Museum Store DJ: Nikki CamCam 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 Copy 'n' paste thank yous to make your friends & family feel all glowy & special-like NEXT Ringing bearers: for weddings with lots of children Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] That is so great! I love the improv!! 🙂 Congratulations!! 3 agree Reply This wedding looked like it was the perfect mix of love and hilarious! Congrats to you both! All the dancing looked fun! 2 agree Reply Oh my gosh! I thought I was the only person in the world who loved the Pirate Movie and still rocks out to "Happy Ending." It's already in my wedding ipod mix. I'm so glad to see you even did the dance part! 2 agree Reply I'd never head of the Pirate Movie until I met Val â€“ and groan every time it's on. But all in good fun and love â€“ she loathes one of my favs Moulin Rouge (I got Come What May played though!). It was a fantastic and perfect ending to our day. Thanks for the nice comments!! 2 agree Reply wow, so beautiful and you both look so in love! Congrats to the both of you! 1 agrees Reply What a lovely wedding! I love musicals, and I love that you went ahead with a ceremony that was meaningful for you and your relationship. It looked like a great time. :o) 1 agrees Reply Awesome. Congratulations! LOL now I want to check out the Pirate movie with my sister who loves musicals & pirates! 😉 1 agrees Reply THE PIRATE MOVIE!!! What a wonderful way to end what looks like it must have been a wonderful wedding. Congrats! 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. 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