Lara & Hunter's tea party wedding with feathers and hats #Real Weddings: Western US#feathers#hat#plus size#retro#washington August 18 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Jen Martin Studios Photos by Jen Martin Studios The Offbeat Bride: Lara Her offbeat partner: Hunter, MMA Coach, Fighter, and Gym Manager Date and location of wedding: The Crystal Ballroom at the Leopold, Bellingham, WA — May 1, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We actually didn't want a huge wedding, and we both wanted to get married in different seasons, so we compromised and met in the middle. He wanted summer and I wanted winter, so we chose spring. I really enjoy tea parties and vintage style, so I got to decide on that part, and Hunter got to pick the food. We both agreed on fancy hats and tons of dancing since these fit both of our personalities. With the help of family and friends, we spent $2000, mostly by buying things online. Tell us about the ceremony: We had our friend Nicole perform the ceremony, we read our own vows, and used ribbon for a handfasting. I had been in a lot of weddings before, so we kept it short and sweet, but I did cry! Our biggest challenge: Stress was a challenge. Some of our family members are very traditional. I started out doing what people expected of me only to realize I needed to do what I wanted or I was going to miss out on really making it about us. I really learned that pleasing everyone is just not possible. My favorite moment: I loved helping everyone get ready at my house and doing my mother-in-law's makeup. There was also some smushing of cake in Hunter's brother's face as well as his wife's, since they got my husband at their wedding when he was the best man. We also loved the dancing and singing karaoke with everyone. My funniest moment: My grandparent realizing I had a fake bird on my hat was a very funny moment. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Jen Martin Studios Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at the Leopold Bride's dress: Ruche Bridesmaid's dresses: ModCloth 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 6 tips for an extra-useful wedding website NEXT This bride had her horse walk her down the aisle Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] Guh TO DIE FOR! Lara's dress is spectacular, and everything looks so happy in the photos! 5 agree Reply The cake cutting photograph is CUTE AS BUTTONS! 2 agree Reply That dress is A.MAZ.ING. You look so lovely! 2 agree Reply I have a collection of fancy hats, so it's always been my plan to incorporate them into my wedding. I love, love, love how you did it. 4 agree Reply Lara is a friend of mine, I am so sad I missed the wedding (I had moved) !! The wedding was so much like Lara's snd Hunter's personality, I can tell by the great pictures! What a beautiful couple!! 2 agree Reply Can I just say that everything about this wedding is spectacular, but gah..the hats! THE HATS. The bride's dress with the hat? Freakin' fabulous. You look like you should be on the cover of a magazine called Sassy and Glamour Gorgeousness. FANTASTICO! 4 agree Reply Cuties! 1 agrees 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.