Emily & Jay's beer-themed Denver courthouse and brewery wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#beer#colorado#courthouse#denver#fall weddings April 30 2015 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Brandy Swanson Photos by Brandy Swanson The Offbeat Bride: Emily, Judicial Assistant (and Offbeat Bride Tribe member) Her offbeat partner: Jay, Systems Specialist Date and location of wedding: Denver County Courthouse and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Denver, CO — October 16, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Jay and I met as volunteers at the Great American Beer Festival, so by default, our wedding was beer-themed. We collected beer bottles from the different craft beers and microbrews we drink and filled them with flowers. A local bakery made beer-flavored cupcakes for us out of local craft brews. We held our ceremony with a small group of family and close family friends at the Denver County Courthouse. We then headed off to our reception in pedicabs. Our goal for the reception was to have fun. We didn't have any assigned seating, we had a food truck provide the food, we had a live band come and play, and we held the reception at a microbrewery in downtown Denver. It was a blast. Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony was about 10 minutes long and perfect for us. The best part of the ceremony was the fact that the judge I work for performed the whole thing, which made it so much more personal. Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was planning this off-the-beaten-track wedding. Our parents were pretty supportive of our ideas, but we had no guidelines to follow. Most "to-do" lists and wedding planning checklists just didn't apply to what we had in mind. Our venue was amazing but they had never hosted a wedding before, so we had to try to cover every single thing before the actual day. We were able to overcome any potential problems by planning as much as we could and thinking of any possible issues that might arise. I turned to Offbeat Bride and the other Tribesmaids for support and ideas and anything we might have missed. Offbeat Bride helped make our wedding what we wanted it to be. My favorite moment: I didn't realize how emotional I would be over just seeing Jay for the first time in our first look. I just caught a glimpse of him when I stepped off the elevator and burst into tears. It was awesome and powerful. Another awesome part of the day was just having guest after guest come up to us and tell us how much fun they were having. That's all we wanted! My funniest moment: I am Irish and compete in Irish stepdancing. So, we substituted the traditional first dance with an Irish dance. When we first asked guests to join us on the dance floor, they all just stared at us! It was until my husband stepped onto the floor and declared, "I have no idea what I'm doing either," that all the guests decided to join in. Vendors Photography: Brandy Swanson Dress: a wedding consignment shop, Green Bride Denver Petticoat: ReSashay Veil: Sara Gabriel Shawl: Honeybee Bungalow Venue: Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery 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 PREVIOUS What no-one told me about how to avoid wedding day amnesia NEXT Take "wedding in the round" to the next level: set up stations for your ceremony Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] What a beautiful wedding. Congratulations! Reply Did you DIY your bouquet/boutonniere flowers? They're really perfect. And so is your color scheme! I love that cobalt blue with the oranges and yellows! Reply @HeatherW – I did not make it myself, but ordered it in those colors from a local crafter who makes the most beautiful things! http://www.elliesweddings.com/ is where she sells her stuff. Reply Wow- I had a very similar dress (tea length with royal blue crinoline), I now live in Denver, and my husband and I love good beer, too. I think we would be friends! Reply Allison, I agree! I think we would be friends too!! Reply Very interesting theme! I've been thinking about a theme for my wedding that would reflect both mine and my fiance's personality and culture. This one is really cool. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your 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.