Courtney & Sam's colorful hip-hop garden party #Real Weddings: Western US#colorado#colored crinoline#couples of color#denver#interfaith#plus size#short dress August 28 2014 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Anginet Photography Photos by Anginet Photography The Offbeat Bride: Courtney, Travel Biz Sales and Marketing Her offbeat partner: Sam, History Student Date and location of wedding: City Park Pavilion, Denver, CO — June 28, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding had a lower budget, at least for the average Denver wedding. It was really important to us that everything be bright and colorful since I love bright colors. We are also both huge hip-hop and soul/R&B fans, so we wanted to include that element as well. The wedding party and Sam walked in to the ceremony to "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. I walked in to "The Happy Song" by Otis Redding, and then we walked out after the ceremony to "All I Need" by Method Man ft. Mary J. Blige (the hip-hop version of the first song). Then we had a DJ for the first couple of hours to play our favorite hip-hop and R&B along with our first dance song which was "Primetime" by Janelle Monea ft. Miguel. Then my bestie (and maid of honor)'s band took over and did some of their own songs plus some truly amazing covers of old school R&B songs. Tell us about the ceremony: We decided to include an audience participation moment in our ceremony. Our officiant asked if the guests would promise to love and support us and share with us all of their secrets for happy relationships, and then everyone said "we will." It was a very simple promise, but hearing everyone at once was great and kind of broke the nervous ceremony fog. Sam is Jewish, and so we included some of his family's traditions. His mom said a prayer that they always said over their kids wishing good things for them, and then laid her hands on each of us. My grandpa did a bible reading along with his own interpretation of each verse, and then Sam's sister read a couple of Bruce Lee quotes before our vows. After we were pronounced married, we jumped over the broom together, and then Sam smashed the glass that had been placed right in front of the broom and everyone yelled Mazel Tov, as a way of honoring each of our cultures. Our biggest challenge: I think the biggest challenge was just letting go of the idea that everything had to be perfect and that everyone had to like everything. I'm pretty open about my opinions, so it was easy to decide what things were a must, but the hard part was making sure that we stood our ground when other people disagreed. Related Post Letting go of perfect I am settling now. And even though the word "settling" has a negative connotation, it is most emphatically NOT a negative feeling. Maybe it'd be... Read more My favorite moment: The toasts, my mom is pretty loud and opinionated, but not very emotional, and in general we tend to not talk about our feelings. I didn't even know she was going to do a toast, but then she got up and talked — for no more than 60 seconds — but and it was one of the most touching things of the whole day. Sam's best man and my maid of honor were also so sweet, and I loved their toasts. My funniest moment: During our reception, the band was playing and I had originally thought people would be dancing all night, but at one point I looked around the pavilion and it was almost empty. Instead, everyone was outside listening to music and playing around. It was like an awesome laid-back garden concert. The kids were building pyramids, my aunts and uncles were just talking and bopping their heads along with the music, and we had even gathered a crowd of non-guests who sat on the grass and just enjoyed the sound. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Anginet Photography Dress: Dolly Couture Catering: A Perfect Bite Catering Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! 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 The 3 dark wedding industry secrets I unearthed at a mainstream bridal show NEXT The DIY Art Nouveau wedding invitation books that you'll want to keep forever on your shelf Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] Mazel tov! What a beautiful, colorful ceremony. Looks like there was so much joy and good energy all around you both that day. <3 I love the colors, by the way – the bright bouquet looks smashing against the white dress/blue ribbon. You both look fab. Reply I love how bright and colorful everything is! It looks fantastic, and more importantly everyone looks like they are having SUCH a good time! Reply LOVE your soundtrack…and the colors are simply wonderful. Reply Where is the soundtrack? I am lookin for one? Reply Wow, there is so much happy in that first picture! Your smiles pack a hell of a punch. Reply Yay, Denver! What a beautiful wedding. Love all the colors and the joy on everyone's faces! "letting go of the idea that everything had to be perfect and that everyone had to like everything" <– Dude. WISDOM right there. I just need to remind myself about this about life in general… Reply That dress tho! Wow! The lace and the poofyness. LOVE it! Esp. combined with the shoes. And the shot of the older couple dancing, the love in the eyes of that man with the beard. Took my breath away. Reply Aw! Thanks everyone – the couple dancing (my husband's uncle and aunt) was definitely one of my favorite pictures. Anginet did an amazing job. Reply Wow, so gorgeous! Love the colors, the awesome shoes matching the ties and dresses, oh and I love the Bruce Lee quotes following the bible verses! Congratulations, one of the happiest looking weddings ever! Reply I love the colorful aisle!!!! looks like an amazing celebration and wedding!!! Good luck to you both! 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.