Carla & Zeb's handmade everything, drumming dance party wedding #Real Weddings: Northeast US#bearded groom#church#diy wedding#drumming#gold dress#handmade#pennsylvania Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Nov 11 2009) Offbeat Editors The Offbeat Bride: Carla, farmer/produce marketer Her Offbeat Partner: Zeb, farmer/produce marketer Location & date of wedding: Byzantine Church, and church hall in DuBois, PA — May 30, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: The wedding was a traditional Byzantine wedding which is somewhat offbeat even though its orthodox. Byzantine wedding in western PA; we warned people it would be just like the wedding in the move The Deerhunter. My dress was gold and the bridesmaids wore white (a little backwards). And we bought simple sneakers for the bridal party to change into afterwards. We saved a ton of money by doing everything ourselves. I had made paper flowers for the three flowergirls who wore handmade dresses by me, the bride. The groomsmen wore linen shirts and hemp pants with handmade rosemary boutineers made by me as well. We ordered beautiful handmade crowns from Etsy for our ceremony. Homemade grape jelly favors. The reception was catered completely by us (since we're organic farmers that had long been the plan). The favors were organic grape jelly that we had made the fall before. I asked my African drumming group to come and rock and they did! Everyone got up and danced. It was such a good time. My music-obsessed groom had the whole reception planned on his computer which we hooked up to an amp. Best reception music ever! Also we just asked specific friends to help with serving and bartending as their presents to us. It worked out perfectly. Our biggest challenge: It was the time constraint. We were determined to do everything ourselves but were also busy with moving and tying up loose ends with business/farming stuff so that we could relax on our honeymoon. Thankfully our mothers both stepped in and helped us with creating the reception hall. We needed to have good conversation skills to make sure both our wants were met and that we weren't compromising too much. We made a list of things that were important for us to have and just worked around that. That made it easier to filter out time consuming tasks that we didn't care about. My favorite moment: Dancing with all my friends and family. During the drumming everything got heated up and everyone was on the floor. It was like being at a great concert with everyone i care about. My advice for other offbeat brides: Don't be afraid to ask for help! It was my experience that my friends and family were enthusiastic about being involved. I only asked each person that helped to do one thing so that they were not overwhelmed. This helped me because I knew everything was covered and they were glad to have a task. Good communication with people went a long way that day! Oh also if you know your specific colors check out after-Chrismas sales at craft stores. I got so much stuff to decorate with for a great price! Enough talk — show me the Deerhunter wedding porn!: PREVIOUS Check out these cool laser cut invitations! NEXT Amanda & Patrick's Elvis wedding in Las Vegas & Iowa reception Show/Hide comments [ 23 ] Hey there fellow rural Pennsylvanian! State College kid here. You don't happen to sell your produce in my area, do you? 'Cause I'll totally buy it. It looks like people really had fun with the drumming. Reply We sell mostly in the Pittsburgh area now. Sorry! There is a good CSA i would reccommend your way though – Village Acres. They are nice people. Reply I have a dress question. I also want my bms in white and i was wondering how long it took you to make the dresses/what patterns and fabric you used. Also, I think the gold looks great with your skintone ^^ Reply The white bridesmaid dresses were bought at a store. I made the gold flowergirl dresses though. I got some satiny gold fabric and made a simple strapless A line dress with a deep V in the back so that they could pull it over their heads. Then i sewed a layer of sheer gold crinkle fabric over top to look very flowy. I added a thick ribbon over both layers that was long enough to tie the back together in a bow. Then straps. the end. Does that make sense how i explained it? I think you could do that for bridesmaid dresses too – they would be babydoll like but that could be cute. If i added it up i'd say it took about 10 hours per dress, or something like that. Reply The white bridesmaid dresses were bought at a store. I made the gold flowergirl dresses though. I got some satiny gold fabric and made a simple strapless A line dress with a deep V in the back so that they could pull it over their heads. Then i sewed a layer of sheer gold crinkle fabric over top to look very flowy. I added a thick ribbon over both layers that was long enough to tie the back together in a bow. Then straps. the end. Does that make sense how i explained it? I think you could do that for bridesmaid dresses too – they would be babydoll like but that could be cute. If i added it up i'd say it took about 10 hours per dress, or something like that. Reply what a pretty wedding! Love the stain glass windows in the background. Also nice to see a wedding where the bride and groom have big giant smiles on their faces the whole time! Reply Beautiful!!! Love, love, love the dresses!!! The gold is stunning! Reply LOVE that you all did everything yourselves! The dresses were gorgeous, and it looked like everyone was celebrating-not stressing-which is so the point. Thanks for the DIY inspiration/reassurance-I'm making peacock/fairy/flower girl dresses for 2 of my daughters for our wedding, and most of our decorations. Reply Those sound like super cute flower girl dresses, I want to see them! Reply This wedding looks like so much fun! Amazing! Reply It was even more fun than it looked! I made the black beans and rice and cheese! :D! And was the Emcee!! Reply I'm Byzantine Catholic (Are you guys Byzantine or Orthodox?) and it's really awesome to see a wedding here from my faith (which I assumed was too orthodox to be offbeat)! Congrats you gusy! Reply We are Byzantine. I think its so uncommon now and concentrated in small pockets in the states that is is offbeat. Almost no one who attended had seen a Byzantine ceremony before (we converted to Byzantine, hence our family being unfamiliar). The ceremony is so beautiful and unusual, we really loved sharing it with everyone. Thank you Angie! Reply Oh my gosh, Carla, I was your roomie at Pre-Cana! Everything looked wonderful. We're getting married on the 28th, but we're still waiting for a delegation to go through. Turns out my fiance isn't technically Byzantine! Since I'm Roman, the priest has to get permission to marry us! Reply Wow Bianca! Its good to hear from you. Oh my, that would be frustrating! I'm sure everything will work out for you guys. Take care! Reply Hey Bianca! That would be kinda frustrating, geeze all the technicalities. I hope everything goes well for you! Reply You've inspired me to get a drum circle at my wedding. I love your pictures – it looks like it was a great reception! Reply Please tell me you used that bingo board!!! Gorgeous dress. Looks like a really fun wedding. Reply One thing I've struggled with is trying to reconcile my desire to have a casual wedding with my desire to dress up more "formally" – and now that I've seen these pictures, I don't have to struggle anymore! You pulled off looking gorgeous in a formal-type gown without looking overdressed or out of place one little bit. Wow! Also: Love the drum circle! Reply wow! home made everything? that must have been fun to do, but took a while i'm sure! but if you have enough time why not?! i love the gold coloring too! Reply So much heart and fun spirit in this wedding! Who made your dress, or did you purchase it? Looks similar to a Nicole Miller gown I was considering… Reply Carla… my fiance' and i are also organic farmers… we're located in central IL. We want to cater the whole thing with the veggies and chicken we raise. Even the flowers from my gardens. I was wondering if you could talk to me about your menu? My email address is Mellowmymind123@yahoo.com. I'd be super appreciative! Reply Congrats and wonderful wedding!!! I grew up Byzantine Catholic so it was so cool to see the church in the background.. i did a little… "Hey! That looks familiar! :D" I'm actually from southwestern PA myself. The area is very rich with wedding traditions that are not common in other parts of the country. Since my hubs & I actually got married in Rochester, NY it was quite a chore explaining some of the things we wanted to do. Blank stares from the reception hall coordinator. It was a fight, but we got our way in the end. Anyways, it was so fun seeing this! Congrats again! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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.