Sabrina & Paul's artsy caver wedding weekend #Real Weddings: Southern US#alabama#camping#cave#diy bouquet#diy invitations#diy wedding#flowers#letterpress#outdoor#playlist#reception#wedding weekend October 28 2008 | Ariel offbeatbride After yesterday's post about cave weddings, I got so many emails asking for more information about Sabrina's cave wedding, that I figured I better post her profile right away! The offbeat bride: Sabrina – Graphic Designer Her offbeat partner: Paul – NASA Meteorologist/Computer Scientist Location & date of wedding: Stephen's Gap Cave, Woodville, AL (basically in the boonies!) 5.1.08 What made our wedding offbeat: First off, I designed and we printed our own wedding invitations on my 1924 Chandler and Price letterpress (Paul did all the typesetting). We did all the decor ourselves: the decorations, the favors, the flowers, I designed the cake, etc. Then our wedding was really a weekend's worth. May 1st (Thurs) Paul and I got married in a cave – Stephen's Gap Cave. Our entire wedding party hiked for 45 minutes with all of their fancy clothes (including a rented tux for Paul) slung over their backs and got changed in the cave. We had a fantastic ceremony, and then went out for pizza, and later went to the reception site to start decorating. Friday (May 2nd) all our guests arrived and we had a fun cave trip (to Tumbling Rock Cave) for family and friends who were interested. Then a family dinner that night at the Lowe Mill – an old textile mill (basically a replacement for our rehearsal dinner). Saturday (May 3rd) we went back to the Mill had a geocaching event in the morning followed by the actual reception party that afternoon/evening, where we had everyone come casual (like jeans and shirts) — including us! We bought a bunch of toys for the kids, and eventually the adults played with them too. I made a pinata and everyone got a whack at it! We had no schedule for the reception — there was no first dance or tossing of the garter or anything — and we used iTunes playlists and our stereo from home as the DJ. Our biggest challenge: All the time it took to get ready for the event was a big challenge. And, since we did it all ourselves, printing the invitations and fabricating the decorations and favors took a HUGE amount of time! And we had to remember to sleep and go to work in there somewhere. My favorite moment: Getting to wear my caving boots under my pretty dress in the cave and just seeing Paul and everyone around us being so happy and enjoying themselves! My offbeat advice: Think about splitting up your actual wedding day from your reception. I think that was the best thing we decided. The wedding was such a beautifully calm and relaxing day with ONLY the wedding. We didn't feel rushed and didn't HAVE to be anywhere. We had our wedding day on Thursday and our reception party on Saturday and it was awesome! Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: There are a few Flickr photos to see of the wedding over here. But I also recommend you head over to Sabrina's wedding blog for TONS more photos and wedding details. Oh, and press the play button beneath this little video for a feel of what it might have felt like down in that cave: 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 Ariel Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing, chances are good that she's dancing and happy-crying. PREVIOUS Cave weddings: super amazing, and super affordable? NEXT Why "wedding porn"? Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] I am just in awe over the beauty and majesty of that wedding. Caving is not me or my fiancee, but I wish I could find something comparable that fits with our lives because from these pictures, it seems transcendent. Reply Ariel, is there any way to contact Sabrina and Paul? I have more questions for them! Reply Asia, leaving a comment on their wedding blog (linked above) would be a great way to reach them. Reply Thank goodness the nearest caves to us are 1000's of miles away, otherwise I would be dragging our entire wedding party to one. I can just imagine the acoustics in the cave. My personal wedding porn fantasy would have included a friend playing violin in there. The wedding photos are breathtaking, a memory for a lifetime for sure! 1 agrees Reply HOMG That's the coolest idea I think I've ever seen! Way to go! @~>~~ Reply Hehehe my name's Sabrina too! Congrats you guys – looks beautiful 🙂 Reply Just gorgeous, dahling. Love it! I do wonder about old folks. Future Hubby and I both have a lot of old people in our families. What are the logistics of getting them down into the cave, and stuff like that? (If anyone knows…) Reply Sabrina, you're famous!!!!! Thanks for featuring my quirky and adorable friend! I wasn't at the wedding in person. . . but in spirit, MOST DEFINITELY. I have poured over the stacks and STACKS of photos, and can definitely say it was a BREATHTAKING event!!!! XOXO Reply It was indeed a sight to see. So glad I was able to be a part of it. Reply So beautiful! I got married in a canyon with a waterfall in the background. It was absolutely amazing. I can only imagine that yours was just as magical — it sure looks like it! Congrats, Sabrina. Reply […] down the aisle to the beat of a different drummer. Featuring articles on weddings as diverse as cave weddings to punk rock girl (grrl?) This site has become my first reference for the brides who call me and […] Reply My wife won't let me have a pinata! I want one soooo bad! 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