Rainbow meets steampunk at Jen & Clynton's South Africa wedding #Real Weddings: Global#corset#disability#fall weddings#multi-colored dress#plus size#rainbow#red hair May 26 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Candice Dollery Photography Photos by Candice Dollery Photography The Offbeat Bride: Jen, playwright and educator Her offbeat partner: Clynton, lecturer and photographer Date and location of wedding: Gulu Private Resort, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa — October 4, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding was rainbow steampunk-themed and most of the decor we made ourselves or begged and borrowed from friends. Having Saturday afternoon work-parties to cut ribbon and burn menus for a vintage look were total highlights and involved lots of coffee and wine for months before the wedding. I loved being walked down the aisle by my dad even though we were both nervous, especially when practicing the moves the day before. I also loved walking down the aisle to my choir singing "Baba Yetu," which is The Lord's Prayer in Swahili. My choir was so magical and even more emotional on the day than I was. I enjoyed the live music, which varied from bagpipes before the wedding to African a capella by my choir, to my brother and his band providing the alternative rock music for the reception. Tell us about the ceremony: We chose songs that were significant for us but also showed our alternative love for music. I am a choir teacher so I chose songs for my choir to perform during the arrival, signing ceremony, and while the guests were leaving the chapel. We used "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay for when the guests threw coloured feathers instead of confetti over us. We also used praise and worship music lead by a talented local musician, Elizna, to celebrate our spirituality. We encouraged guests to dress up in either rainbow or steampunk attire and enjoyed them fitting in with the decor and vibe. I love my wedding ring which is engraved with a Bible verse "what God has brought together, let no man separate" translated into High Elven (like the writing from Lord of the Rings). We exchanged rings and said our own vows. We made our vows comical at first but added a few serious ones. For example, my husband promised to do most of the cooking because he is the superior chef. I also love weapons so I enjoyed using my swords as part of props and photos. Tell us about your reception: The reception had a lot of steampunk decor with ribbons, old clocks, feathers, copper and silverware, telephones, inkwells, and anything our imagination came up with (as well as anything we could find in friends' homes or make from the materials we had). We liked that each table was individually and differently decorated. The buffet-style food gave lots of options for everyone and the cake was plain white but steampunk-decorated on the outside, and had six layers of colour and flavour on the inside. We opened the dance floor to a local artist, Asanda Msaki's Crimson Love, and then it turned into a big party with the band Flaming Rush burning up the dance floor with their rock music. We wanted to be the last to leave the party and managed to out-party the guests, which was also a bonus because I didn't want to be one of those brides who is so tired and stressed that she just wants to go to bed and misses all the fun. My husband's speech was very emotional and special, but other than that we kept speeches short and sparse and just enjoyed our time with special people and with each other. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? You can do so much on a small budget if you are willing to collaborate with friends and use what you have rather than buy new and discard after the wedding anyway. It is actually easier to be creative on a small budget because it pushes you in new and unexpected directions. Weddings can really stimulate you creatively and I enjoyed what I learned through my wedding, from web design to all sorts of arts and crafts to a lot of management skills. Vendors Photography: Candice Dollery Photography Dress: E Oliveri Bridesmaid Dresses: S. Godfrey Venue: Gulu Private Resort Trash the Dress: Clynton Moorcroft Photography Hair and Makeup: Glamour Fairies Planning: N. Pieters 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 Red, white, and Lord of the Rings: Marlene & Graham's sweet handfasting NEXT We couldn’t agree who should officiate, so we had a self-uniting wedding Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] I like the rainbow shirts. A clever way to introduce rainbow colors in guys clothing. The candies make this a sweet sticky rainbow wedding! Reply Hi Rainbow Zomby Yes, my husband organised the shirts and colour-block suspenders and I really liked it – it made the vibe more fun and informal, which is what we wanted. I also tried to get the whole spectrum of the rainbow displayed through the bridal party (bridesmaids and groomsman). I know there is no pink in the rainbow but couldn't bear leaving it out! Reply Love love love this. Y'all laooked like you had loads of fun. The decor you put together for the reception is amazing. And lastly, the swords. I love how the belle of the ball was holding the more badass sword, which is how it should be, in my opinion. Hee hee. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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. 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