Photos by leah rae photography

The offbeat bride: Andy – Graphic/Web Designer

Her offbeat partner: Jeff – Graphic/Web Designer

Location and date of wedding: The ceremony was held outside in Forest Heights Park. The reception was held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, AB — 08.08.09

What made our wedding offbeat:
Our wedding ended up being exactly what I had imagined — fun, causal, bright, design oriented, and full of our favorite people all wrapped into one day!

A few of the highlights were:

  • Our short and sweet, twelve minute long, wedding ceremony. We wrote out the entire ceremony ourselves with help from ideas found online to ensure it was fun, a bit God-y but not too God-y, and most importantly, represented us totally.
  • The tacky “Just Married” sign, complete with rattling cans, that we put on the back of my wheelchair for walking back down the aisle.

  • Our lemonade stand complete with a big lemonade sign as well as my favourite mom-made lemon squares.
  • The t-shirts our lovely (and possibly slightly lazy) ushers made with our faces on them and huge arrows pointing to which side of the ceremony was who's.

  • Our wedding party attire — the girls all designed different dresses but they were made with the same material. The guys dressed fairly casual opting for no dress jackets and wearing checkered vans. Their ties were also made out of the same material as the green from the bridesmaid's dresses which tied everything together perfectly.

  • Our entrance song into the reception which was the songs that Jeff wrote for the stickman engagement music video…
  • The jumbo cupcake we had atop the cupcake tower!
  • Using decals as the wall decor around the room and behind the head table.

Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was probably the granny smith apple green. Green is in but not that exact shade and so it was hard finding everything to match. Luckily between us and our friends we were able to make everything come together.


My husband and I are both graphic designers, so we were able to design all the stationery from the invitations to the table numbers to the huge seating chart board and have the theme and color tied together in all the designs.


For the textiles the apple green seemed impossible to find! Luckily I had my lovely bridesmaid Teira who is a sewer extraordinare! We found, with great difficulty, enough of the exact green material (I have never bought so much material ever) to make 120 napkins, four table runners, and a bunch of matching throw pillows for the black couches in the lounge area. Thank you Teira!


Lastly, the decals. They were the best idea I had! I found it was equally hard to find modern, colourful, unique backdrops in our exact colors — but our walls were so bare, we needed to do something. The decal idea worked out perfectly though. They're not too expensive, a bit of work but not crazy, they come right off, you can get them in custom colors, and they made a huge impact.



My favorite moment: Walking down the aisle after saying “I do!”

We danced to Must Have Done Something Right down the aisle, I had a tacky “Just Married” sign on the back of my wheelchair, and at the end of the aisle we had a pause and were able to enjoy each others company for a minute or two before the flock of family and friends came. It was a small but great moment!


My offbeat advice: Blogs are your best friend! There are so many great wedding blogs out there, and they're the best places for wedding ideas, support, everything. Seriously, just put down the wedding magazine, all that's in there are ads and super expensive weddings. Instead, just search a little for great blogs, like this one, and you can find so many more ideas that will be more “you” — real weddings and real people, support and other brides to talk to, and also free!

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Enough talk — show me the wedding pics!

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Comments on Andy & Jeff’s bright green, design-detailed wedding

  1. I was loving this wedding even before I realized it was in Edmonton, where I live!

  2. I HEART this wedding VERY MUCH. I saw the video months ago when we first got engaged (can't remember where… here?) and it made me cry. it was so beautiful and perfect. THIS wedding (plans) was one of the first to make me realize that offbeat was the WAY to go.

    Plus Canada is great.

    And ya know, having lived in BC, MANY people there have NO clue about the Maritime provinces…. I got asked once (by a BC-ian-Canadian) if Nova Scotia was between New Brunswick and Qc, and if it was the same place as Newfoundland….. umm……. she was a 30 year old lawyer.

    • Thank you – I'm so glad our wedding plans could make you go Off Beat 🙂 It is the way to go though, so many more options that way! Congrats on being newly engaged!!

  3. This is one of my absolute favorite wedding posts ever! It looked so beautiful and perfect and and and! The best wishes to Jeff and Andy from me!! <3

  4. Pretty sure this is my favorite wedding and my favorite couple ever featured on this site.

    I would like to have a green wedding as well (so close to this shade!) and am having a difficult time finding tons of inspiration. And how could you not LOVE that video?!


  5. firstly congrats!!!

    i looove your wedding, espascially the engagement video, i watched it three times now and i don´t know if i should laugh or cry, it´s so sweet and genious at the same time!

    you both look so happy and beautiful, so contratulation again!

  6. It’s true what they say about creativity – you don’t have to strain to make something original, just make it personal, your own, and originality follows naturally.

    When I saw the pics on flickr I just knew that one or both of you HAD to be designers, so clean and so fresh, quite delightful.

    Yours is the first wedding that has ever made me excited about weddings – usually I find them pretentious at one end of the scale or a bit sad and shabby at the other. You guys have moved yours into a class of its own by putting your own marks on it so convincingly. BRAVO!

    I just loved the mustaches too…

    I recognize the gorgeous font you used (dear joe?) you might consider giving JoeBob a heads-up, I’m sure he’d love to see how great it looked as part of such a special occasion.

  7. i love the creative details! now i want a blik headboard for my bed. and the just married sign was the cutest damn thing ever.

  8. Thank you for sharing – you have so many great ideas in there! Looks like it was a fantastic day – congratulations!!!

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