The Offbeat Bride: Darcy
Her offbeat partner: Jasper
Date and location of wedding: Studio 817 in Sacramento, CA — January 16, 2016
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
The theme was bourbon, beer, and brass. General gist? Drunken gay glamour. Jasper wore an incredible suit from St. Harridan which specializes in butch clothing, and I had a Maggie Sottero dress that was all dangerous curves. It was a really fun queer ceremony and party that incorporated lots of folks from different parts of our lives, some very conservative and religious and some… well, not so much. None of it mattered because in the end — we let the bourbon and the music do what they do and everyone came together in one big happy dancing lovefest. Seriously: our groomsmen (who just met) were dancing in the bathtub of our room until four in the morning!
Tell us about the ceremony:
As guests entered, they were invited to grab a hot apple cider (spiked with bourbon if they wished) which we used in a mid-ceremony toast.
One of the elements on our altar was an herb-covered and blessed candle that we dressed before the ceremony privately with our officiant. We might have used a few too many of the “Lusty Sex” blessing herbs though because the dance floor was HOT right after.
The bridesmaids carried lanterns with lit candles inside, and instead of a flower girl we had a feather girl, who scattered feathers down the aisle. Actually, she dumped them in a cute pile of punk rock two-year-old awesome right in front of the altar!
As we kissed, everyone waved wands with streamers we had made and we walked back out to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” before stumbling into each other sobbing in the next room where the reception was held. The set up was great because it made a sort of forced receiving line without being so formal.
Tell us about your reception:
The reception was amazing. Our groomsman’s fiance Jason kicked off dancing by jumping into the splits and it sort of went up from there.
We didn’t have a standard bar, but a bourbon bar decorated with old glass decanters. It was a pour-your-own deal. We had three gallons of pre-mixed Old Fashioned’s, and cases of beer made especially for the wedding by a friend.
We have this cartoon we made about ourselves as a cat and a liger called “The Adventures of Mau and Rawr.” We turned Mau and Rawr into the beer label for our wedding “Huzawifen.”
Our cake was constructed out of wheels of goat and sheep cheeses which was gorgeous! We cut it like a regular cake but when time came to feed Jasper her piece, I dropped it on the floor in front of 100 people… because of course I did.
One particularly stand-out moment, which is now captured forever, was when the bridal party en masse started singing “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” while we were taking pictures. Most of our bridal party were folks from all over the country, pulled from various life moments and friendships that have withstood time and half a dozen moves. They hadn’t met each other, but it was love and friendship at first sight for several of them and that felt really special. By the end of the night we were all drunk, sweaty, and laughing, and giving up whatever fell apart (like Darcy’s dress on the dance floor) to the party gods.