Dr. Seuss meets roller derby at Kelly & Matt's backyard wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#backyard#bearded groom#dr seuss#illinois#lanterns#outdoor#red hair#roller derby#small wedding Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jun 16 2015) Offbeat Editors Photos by friend of the couple, Kristin The Offbeat Bride: Kelly, photography associate Her offbeat partner: Matt, construction Date and location of wedding: A friend's backyard in Plainfield, IL — September 13, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I spent a lot of time in local craft stores once we came up with our theme: a roller derby meets Dr. Seuss wedding. We did a lot of DIY, especially with the centerpieces and photo booth and Matt's boutonniere. We kept the wedding small with only 32 people including ourselves. My matron of honor's husband and friends made our meal rather then having an official caterer. As it got later, we had paper lanterns for everyone to set off as well as lots of sparklers to light up the sky. We finished the night with a game of Cards Against Humanity rather then dancing the night away. This ended up being really funny since most people had been drinking all day. Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony was performed by one of the coaches of our roller derby league. She put our vows into a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go so it seemed she was reading from the book. My mom read the opening poem from the book, and my father-in-law did a reading from the Bible that included 1 Corinthians 13:4. We planted a unity plant to bring us together as one. My favorite moment: We had very few chairs at the ceremony, just some for the parents, so all of our friends sat on blankets handmade by my grandmother. The closeness to everyone through the entire day was fantastic and fun. Our first dance to Broadway's American Idiot's "Last Night on Earth" was wonderful. Vendors Bride's dress: Light in the Box Matron of honor's dress: For Her and For Him PREVIOUS We planned our wedding in a month, before announcing our engagement NEXT In defense of STAG and DOE parties Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.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.