Kerin & Matt's celtic winter wedding

January 15 2010 | offbeatbride

The Offbeat Bride: Kerin, special ed. teacher for middle schoolers with mental illnesses

Her offbeat partner: Matt, computer geek

Location & date of wedding: Barker Tavern, Scituate, MA — Nov. 1, 2008

What made our wedding offbeat: We really cherry picked the traditions we wanted to use.

We did not get married in a church, our ceremony was shorter than the actual processional to get to our JP. Anything we had the means to do ourselves, we did (which really means, I did).

Some people took issue with the black in my dress and accessories and the visible ink. We handpicked our music for the ceremony and introductions and had everyone dancing until the venue kicked us out ๐Ÿ™‚

I also worked my celtic heritage in everywhere i could that wouldn't be overdone…

Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was telling my dad about my fully exposed inked back. (I originally had a black veil planned.) My dad was not a fan. We had a very interesting conversation that opened the door wide for that won't be what freaks out the old ladies the most, "I'm a tattooed bride, dad." His reaction was so the antithesis of what i feared that i opted for a different veil in the end to keep my father's blood pressure down.

our first dance:)

Picture 4My favorite moment: The music we chose, my dress really kicked ass, my groom, of course. And the most sentimental… having my grandmother walk down the aisle with my sister, they had a special relationship, and it was the last time we saw her — she passed away, unexpectedly, in January. ๐Ÿ™

My advice for other offbeat brides: Figure out with your partner what you want and do it. Personalize things so that your guests know whose shindig they are attending. Anything that can be DIYed, do it! Remember, it can be cheap, it just doesn't have to look cheap. And most importantly, have fun!!!

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!:

  1. So beautiful! We are planning a nice Celtic mix as well so it's good to see other brides incorporate it. We need to focus on the shoes though! Where are they from?

  2. Beautiful dress and wedding! I have to ask, where did you get that cake topper? Adorable!

    And, I'm very sorry about the passing of your grandmother.

  3. Everyone here is so kind! Thank you for the accolades and condolences. Now for wedding porn business talk: the shoes were my sister's, they are LAMB by Gwen Stefani, my shoes were Manolo knock offs dyed black (the shoes Carrie registered for herself for in that one episode of SATC)…the cake topper was from either Michael's or AC Moore and then I customized it w/ nail polish and doll house accessories and the tiara I googled 'celtic tiara' and found somewhere for 1/2 the price I had originally seen it listed at:)

  4. and my friend, Sandy Judkins, also my tattoo artist, recolored the Claddagh/shamrock, shaded in those Celtic knotwork roses, and completely did that center piece that is like, cougars, interwoven in Celtic knotwork style-think The Book of Kells.

  5. Holy Moly! I had my wedding at the Barker too and am thrilled that another couple had a wonderful experience there. Those shoes and that dramatic black bow at the back of your dress are phenomenal. Congrats!

  6. I found the dress years before I was even engaged whilst helping a friend troll Alfred Angelo's website for bridal party dresses-so when I got engaged, I HAD to see if it was my dress or only the size double 0 model's and only tried on that dress, the ladies at the shop were horrified I didn't want to try on anything else ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanx Kelley, from one Barker bride to another ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. First … sorry for your loss.. secondly love your wedding style and how you did black and white for your wedding outfit! I wanted to wear a black dress for my quick park wedding but my family would have flipped out so I ended up wearing a red laced wedding gown and they still flipped out. But you look very very beautiful and so did your groom. Congrats on your beautiful wedding !! By the way… I would kill for those shoes!!!! love them … too bad they might not have my big foot size for my upcoming "re wedding"

  8. greetings from Marshfield! *waves*

    guuurlll you looked GORGEOUS with all that red & black! LOVED the dress and i'm shopping for those shoes right now, i'm not kidding.

  9. Cynzia-thank you, even now thinking about her and remembering that she is gone literally takes my breath away ๐Ÿ™ the kindness of others make my heart smile. and thank you for the compliments XD. As for the shoes, Cynzia & Kait, they are by LAMB, Gwen Stefani's line and I believe my sister found them on Amazon, I'll ask.

  10. What a great wedding! I love the Celtic traditions. I have heard amazing things about the Barker as a place to hold a wedding, it looks like you had a great time there! They say all brides are beautiful, but you really are one beautiful bride. You have a cool family, and I am glad your grandmother got to enjoy your wedding. That's a memory I'm sure you will treasure.

  11. Wow! I adore your style. You are one of the prettiest brides I have seen, and love everything you did here. I love black and white myself, and the fact that you proudly show your heritage and tattoos. Your whole look is stunning, and has inspired me with ideas I had for mine :D.

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