The Offbeat Bride: Kim, Artist
Her offbeat partner: Cole, CrossFit Coach
Date and location of wedding: The Windmill Winery, Florence, AZ — March 2, 2013
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We wanted our wedding day to incorporate each of these elements: adventurous, fun, and artistic. I did a painting of us that we used for our wedding invitations, website, and app. We didn't want to stick to a color theme, so the decorations were inspired by spring. We are very drawn to vintage decor and fun crafts, so the DIY aspect of our wedding was inevitable. Crinkle fans from BHLDN were used to string a curtain backdrop, and colorful, vintage tins were filled with spring blossoms.
Tell us about the ceremony: My dad was the officiant! The ceremony started off with all of the guests simultaneously blowing us a kiss. We didn't adhere to the traditional or religious format of a ceremony, and allowed my dad to write it from scratch. During the ceremony, he read a passage from a letter one of our friends in Germany had sent. He had everyone laughing and crying with us. It all culminated in us chugging a beer at the altar after we were pronounced as wives. Guests played kazoos, maracas, and whistles as we exited.
Our biggest challenge: About halfway through the planning, my job moved us to Sydney, Australia. Finding a venue from there that had everything we needed was challenging. The Windmill Winery has the perfect feel, and offered both indoor and outdoor locations for weddings and receptions. Their on-site coordinator connected with us on Skype so that we could pin down wedding day details.
At this point we still hadn't settled on a photographer, which was an important element to us. We also wanted to make sure the photographer would be fun to be around on our big day! Kym Ventola was also kind enough to Skype with us from across continents to ensure that we would have a seamless photography experience.
My favorite moment: We had quite a few friends from Germany, the UK, and Australia who were unable to attend the wedding, so my parents reached out to them for video footage giving us marital advice and well-wishes.
Family is really important to us, so we made sure to include our families every chance we could. Cole's mom made our desserts, and my mom built our wine cork chandelier and helped design the invitations. My sister built a photo booth from scratch, and even made our wedding rings.
My funniest moment: My dad was wearing a microphone during the ceremony. We chose not to wear mics so that our exchange of vows would remain private. After our big kiss, we gave my dad a hug at the altar and, forgetting that he was mic'd, Cole said “Whew, we made it! That was impressive.” All of the guests laughed at that.
Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great?
When we arrived at the hotel on schedule, we discovered that the couple in the honeymoon suite the night before still hadn't left! There were only three available rooms in the entire hotel, so our wedding party and families all piled in to the three rooms to shower and get dressed. Although the hotel's lack of organisation was stressful, it turned out to be really fun for all of us to get ready together.
My advice for Offbeat Brides: Don't let tradition stand in the way of what you want. Don't like the script for your ceremony? Rewrite it! Not a fan of the bouquet concept? Don't have one… I didn't. Want to skip the garter toss? No worries.
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