Shyla & Richard's Las Vegas Vow Renewal #Real Weddings: Western US#converse#couples of color#las vegas#military#mismatched-bridesmaids#mixed-gender wedding party#nevada#socks#vow renewal September 15 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride The Offbeat Bride: Shyla, Home Maker Her Offbeat Partner: Richard, Marine Location & date of wedding: The Grove in Las Vegas, NV — Aug 29th, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: We saved a fortune becasue it was a package Las Vegas wedding — we had a vow renewal ceremony as the big shin dig instead of the court-house wedding we had six months ago. I got to wear my chucks and kick-ass stockings. We played the music we wanted at the reception. DId I mention we did a crap ton of it ourselves? The programs were amazing… okay so maybe i'm biased because we made a billion of them! Lol. Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was organizing such a large wedding party of twelve people. And being the only two who lived in California, it was me against the wedding monster. I just took it one day at a time and got things done a little bit each week. OOOH, did I mention the crazines that was Vegas? Half the party got into a wreck on the way to the wedding! Our ceremony ended up starting later than we planned, but we were just grateful everone was okay. My favorite moment: Wow… I really loved everyones reaction when I lifted the dress and revealed the chucks with my stockings. It was so me, and helped tie that into our ceremony. With my hubby wearing dress blues I had to compromise to match with the colors and mood etc., this was really just me shining through. My advice for other offbeat brides: Get together with your husband, decide what your reallly think represents the two of you as a couple, and stick with it. Because at the end of the day it's all about the two of you becoming one. Cheesy, I know. Also make sure you invite who you really want to be there because you will remember it forever every time you look at pictures. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?: Well, if you're in Savannah, Georgia, I'd recommend the bridal shop Bella Mia. They're amazing, and super helpful. 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 7 First Dance Alternatives for Dance-shy Couples NEXT Kilted groomsmen Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] I can't see the wedding porn, but I love the sox and shoes! Reply Love the chucks and stocking idea! Defently keeping that one in mind! Reply Love the chucks and stocking idea! Defently keeping that one in mind! Reply lovin the chucks! Reply I love your stockings!! And your veil, it's all really beautiful. Reply Great advice! Reply What a gorgeous couple. Sweet wedding! Reply The chucks and stockings were fabulous, and the 5th pic in your photostream, the one where you are in front of him and the two of you are sitting on/near a planter? THAT ONE IS STUNNING! You are lucky to have such a wonderful, timeless pic! 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.