Samantha & Ryan's New York, Alice in Wonderland, guerilla wedding

The offbeat bride: Samantha, Fashion Designer

Her offbeat partner: Ryan, student/cook/construction worker

Location & date of wedding: Central Park's Alice in Wonderland Statue, New York, NY — October 31, 2009

What made our wedding offbeat: We had a planned elopement to NYC so we could get married in front of the Alice in Wonderland statue on Halloween. My biggest inspiration as a designer and artist is Alice and we figured it would be the perfect place to start our new adventures together.

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Love the kids playing in the background.
Samantha's hair is amazing.
We had a friend fly out from California to marry us (he registered so he could be the one to do it). It ended up being kind of a guerrilla wedding. We descended on the statue, waited for people to disperse a bit and went right into it. Strangers watched and clapped.

Our ceremony included a recitation of "All in a Golden Afternoon" from Alice's Adventure in Wonderland. There were even two girls at the park near us dressed as the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. They posed with us for our wedding picture. 🙂

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After our wedding we went to Little Italy to celebrate and in lieu of cake had sweets at Ferrera's, followed by the World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Hallowmas show. It was very adventurous and very us.

Our biggest challenge: We stayed in Queens so transportation back and forth each day of our wedding/honeymoon was sky high! We saved a bit of money by having the cabs drop us at the closest subway station to us each day and bought two seven-day unlimited subway passes.

My favorite moment: When we exchanged our free-style vows. Looking into his eyes and seeing him cry. Hearing my favorite Alice poem. Having our officiant say, "Now kiss already, Mother-f**kers!"

My offbeat advice: Do what makes you the most happy. While you want everyone you love to be there, if it's not possible, don't feel bad. This is about you and your spouse.

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn:

  1. Congrats! I hope married life is treating you well. It's funny, I was just looking at your website last night, trying to decide which of your vests would look best on my boyfriend ….

  2. 😀 That is still so beautiful!! I am soo happy for you two! Nothing could of been more fitting!

  3. I love this! I'm going with Wonderland-inspired stuff as well so it's great for ideas.

  4. I'm a big fan of her work and also of Megan Maude who she got her bloomers from! Awesome that she was featured here!

  5. I have bought many things from Blasphemina's closet and everything has been fantastic. My favorite skirt was made by her, and I might be asking her to make me something for my wedding too 🙂

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