Ever seen a dirndl on a beach? You've gotta check out this California Oktoberfest wedding! #Wedding Porn#beach#beer#california#germany#groom gear#mama bride January 7 2015 | Chris Wolfgang mswolfgang Photos by: Alders Photography Photos by Alders Photography Mike and Shawna's first date was for, you guessed it, Oktoberfest. Must have been a blast of a date, because the couple decided to recreate the big party for their wedding! These people commit, y'all. Shawna AND ALL of her bridesmaids wore dirndls, and Mike AND ALL of his groomsmen wore lederhosen, and everyone looks uhhhhhhmaaaaaazzzziiiing. I've never worn a dirndl or lederhosen, and now I'd very much like to try either or both, thanks. Related Post A splashtastic casual canoe wedding Why get married near water when you can get married ON water? Karen and Joe met at an outrigger canoe race, and planned to celebrate... Read more But to be more even more amazing, Mike and Shawna and all of their Bavarian-garbed crew trekked out onto a Santa Monica beach for the vows. Palm trees + Bavaria = perfection. And because Mike and Shawna are as adorable as they are awesome, they included their toddler in the ceremony to comfort her after a little meltdown. Awwwwwwwww. Stay tuned for the reception too! Guests were treated to a German-inspired menu, sampled a pretzel bar, and received white steins and dark chocolate as favors. Vendors Bridesmaid dresses: Tramontana Dirndl • Caterer: The Garden of Eating • Dress: Krüger Dirndl • Musicians: L.A. Bluebirds • Photographer: Alders Photography • Venue: Annenberg Beach House 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 Chris Wolfgang Chris is a writer and editor in Omaha, Neb. She'll talk your ear off about independent webcomics, animated film, and Ultimate Frisbee. @chriswolfgang @mswolfgang PREVIOUS Emmy & Ian's public library dance party wedding NEXT Show me the money! Here's my wedding budget breakdown Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] That purple color! I never knew a dirndl could look so glamorous! Reply awesome – everyone looks so happy the lederhosen and aprons are especially fantastic! Reply Pretzel station ftw!!! Reply Thanks, Offbeat Bride, for the wonderful feature!!! Reply Fun fact… In German-speaking areas, Dirndl, Lederhosen, and other regional variations of traditional dress are considered acceptable as formal attire. I was at a wedding in Germany recently and probably about 1/3 of the guests were wearing a Dirndl or Lederhosen, as well as the officiant. Reply Southern Germany and Austria.. maybe. Everywhere else it would be just weird. 😀 Reply Even there, it depends on the situation. I'm from Austria, and wearing Dirndl or Lederhosen to a formal function is a rural and uber-conservative thing to do. Reply Very unique. Nice one. Good thing that the couple had insisted their bridesmaids to wear dirndls (which is the traditional dress worn in Germany) and lederhosen for the groomsmen. I'm now thinking if I should include this in my wedding planning bucket list. Not sure if One Heart Wedding planner will agree to my crazy, fun and lovable ideas. Haha. Reply I honestly have to say that being born, bred and living in Munich (where the Oktoberfest takes place), this irks me a little. I feel that somehow, because Bavarians are white and not a minority (at least not in Bavaria, although in Munich, they are beginning to become one), I'm not allowed to call it "cultural appropriation", but for me, it feels a little like it. Somehow, through the commercialization of the Wiesn (which is what the Oktoberfest is called in its hometown), my culture seems to have become a kind of funny little costume play for Americans. People playing dressup in traditional Bavarian attire because, look! It's so rustic and fun!, and feeling that they totally own the culture because they once went to a highly commercialized festival here, is to me no different than people dressing up as "Indians"/Native Americans or the stereotypical "African Warrior" on Halloween. It's just those little details that go so totally against Bavarian culture – for example, a Dirndl would always have a circle skirt, never a fitted one, and wearing it without the apron is not only *like* running around with your fly open, but there would literally be a long slit in the front that is only covered by the apron. Also, the fact that the bride ties her apron on the left side would indicate that she is single – women that are married or in a relationship wear the bow on their right side. Brezn (Pretzels) are eaten by themselves or with butter, but not with dip (chocolate? really?). And of the beer brands that are assigned for the table number, several are from different (northern) parts of Germany, which, let's just say, wouldn't go over well here in Bavaria – we pride ourselves on our beer, as you may know. I have to be honest: up until now, I didn't always see the point in ranting about cultural appropriation, I thought that as long as it was not meant in a hurtful or demeaning way, people should be happy that others take an interest in their culture and way of living. I still feel the same way here – it's great that they take an interest in our traditions, even if it was just for a festival that in itself has become a grotesque caricature of Bavarian traditions – but now I understand the feeling of having your traditions taken away from you and used as an amusing sideshow to some strangers' wedding. So much so, that you take the time to write a lengthy comment under an old article that will probably never be read. 😉 Sorry for the rant and no hard feelings! 😉 Reply I'm from Bavaria and I will get married in a Dirndl, too! <3 I'm kind of excited to see a wedding like this on Offbeat Bride! 🙂 It is a cute idea to recreate the first date and I actually like all the quirky little details in the menu and the decorations, even though they are not authenticly depicting Bavarian culture. ^_^ But I see "Korinthenkackerchens" point here (nice name by the way ?), looking at these pictures it feels a little bit like a group of grown-ups playing dress-up. But no hard feelings here, I believe the couple had a fun day and I hope they have a long and happy marriage! ? 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.