Craft beer and cheeseburgers abound at Sarah & John's wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#austin#food truck#plus size#texas#winter March 5 2015 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Number 9 Photography Photos by Charlotte Blanch, Number 9 Photography The Offbeat Bride: Sarah, Academic Advisor Her offbeat partner: John, Freelance Film Editor and Production Assistant Date and location of wedding: Mercury Hall, Austin, TX — December 5, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: The first words out my mother's mouth when we started planning was, "I don't want anyone to have to pick up trash or move tables and chairs." This really, oddly, helped set the tone for the whole wedding. We didn't want to be stuffy, we didn't want people to have to feel like they were at a super formal occasion, but we did want people to be comfortable and not have to be aware of anything else but having fun. We love burgers and brats, so we had food trucks come. We love beer, so one of our good friends (who happens to be the master brewer at Black Star Co-op) brewed us two craft beers, and we love books so there were books on the tables. Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony was performed by our good friend from college, who now lives very far away, so it was really special to have him lead us through it. He read a poem by Neil Gaiman, an author John and I both adore, shown below. He'd asked us separately what we loved about each other, which was a nice little surprise to hear. We each wrote our own vows, we didn't explicitly vow certain things but just talked about each other and the love that we'll continue to share. "This for you, for both of you, a small poem of happiness filled with small glories and little triumphs a fragile, short cheerful song filled with hope and all sorts of futures Because at weddings we imagine the future Because it's all about "what happened next?" all the work and negotiation and building and talk that makes even the tiniest happily ever after something to be proud of for a wee forever This is a small thought for both of you like a feather or a prayer, a wish of trust and love and hope and fine brave hearts and true. Like a tower, or a house made all of dreams and tomorrows and tomorrows and tomorrows" My favorite moment: The best moment for me was seeing John for the first time. I was getting stressed from all the pampering and prodding, and I just wanted to get to the point when I got to be around John to help calm me down. John really liked seeing all of his close friends and family in one place. He doesn't like to be too personal or emotional in public, but he was happy his friends and family were there to be witnesses. The next best part was my mom, who was really REALLY happy to celebrate, then going up to do the speech for my dad and just beaming with pride and happiness. Oh also, she got dropped on the dance floor by one of our brewer friends, only to pop back up and keep dancing (she was fine, promise!). What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? No one is going to ask you why certain things are the way they are, your guests are just going to enjoy them, so try not to get stressed. Also, make sure to take a few days after your wedding BEFORE the honeymoon if you're taking one — you'll need the time to decompress and refocus. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Number 9 Photography Florist/Centerpieces: Last Petal Florists, DIY Centerpieces by my mother-in-law and my mother Cake: Sugar Mama's Bakeshop Pies from Tiny Pies Wedding Dress: Second Summer Bridal, resell with alterations from Kira Larson Wrap: Alex Bridal Bride's Shoes: Tom's Makeup: Bethany Renfro Hair: Emma Czar Jewelry: Bauble Bar Bride's ring: BandScapes Groom's ring: Maggi Designs Groom's Suit/Tie: Dandy's Suits Caterer: BestWurst and P. Terry's, staffing/bartenders by Austin's Elite DJ: Brandon "Phylo" Ridens Wedding Sign In poster: Shannon Kuguenko Brewing company: 4th Tap Brewery 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 Shy photographers: dispelling the myth that your wedding photographer should be your BFF NEXT How we worded the invitations for our crowdsourced wedding Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Such an original theme! I really appreciate this cause I'm also a big fan of craft beers! 3 agree Reply As the mother of the bride-who danced until she dropped-the wedding was wonderful. We just wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and for John and Sarah to have an evening of memories. Of coarse, it helped that John's parents are a wonderful example of enduring love and support. We are very fortunate that Sarah's new husband John is comfortable with us and we adore him. Remember the wedding goes too fast and take care to enjoy the moment. 3 agree Reply Oh my, this is great! And how GORGEOUS does the bride look!? 1 agrees Reply The photos look great! 1 agrees Reply This wedding was a true labor of love and a sight to see two families come together for the bride and groom. When I asked Sarah and John who designed most of the wedding, they both said that they relayed their taste and wants and the families made it happen. This is an example of a true Austin wedding…indoor/outdoor venue, uniquely stylish couple, craft beer and food trucks! It was an honor to capture this day. 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. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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.