The Offbeat Bride: Brianne, third grade Waldorf Teacher
Her offbeat partner: Michael, driver for The Cultured Kitchen
Date and location of wedding: Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Fair Oaks, CA — August 4, 2012
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We decided that the focus of our wedding was going to be having fun and making sure that we could have absolutely EVERYONE we ever wanted there (which ended up being about 250 people). We skipped a lot of traditional things like a wedding cake. We got married in a theatre where I work as an actress, which we got for free. We were married by a family friend and rented a parks and recreation hall right behind the theatre. We asked friends and family to help with planning, decorating, and food. Our friends even did our makeshift photo booth and DJed! All of these helped our budget.
Our wardrobe (aside from my dress) were a lot of inexpensive pieces put together. My mom's outfit came from my costume closet and other outfits were rented cheaply from a local costume shop. We also had a friend bring his Delorian and his TARDIS to go with our time travel theme.
Tell us about the ceremony:
I walked down the aisle to music from Back to the Future. Our officiant wore a jacket with “Time Lord” on the back, and we stood in front of the life-size TARDIS on the stage.
I sang my vows with the assistance of my musical cousins, too!
Our biggest challenge:
The main challenge came with finding personal touches to put in the wedding. We thought that a time travel theme would fit us and also be understandable for all the guests. They could dress up from any era they liked!
I also had big dreams of a beautifully decorated wedding, but lacked the skill to do it. Solution: the best friends a couple could ever ask for. They helped pull the decor together on theme, while also working around some interesting decor from “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” that was going on at the theater.
My favorite moment:
We both went to the same college and I was part of the committee that planned the end of the year ball. We formed a tradition of playing Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the last song, and forming a big circle to sing it at the top of our lungs. Since we had over 40 theatre students and professors at the wedding, we ended the night in the same fashion. The non-theatre people also joined in and we had a HUGE circle.
I also loved dancing with Michael to goofy music from different eras, and dancing with my brother in his blue Dumb and Dumber-style polyester suit!
My funniest moment:
Having our chihuahua in a dress as our ring bearer was pretty funny. I also saw from the lighting booth that the groomsmen were dancing in a line to entertain guests while they waited for the ceremony.
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Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!