The offbeat bride: Elisa, Secretary/Adjunct Professor/Grad Student cum Rock Star

Her offbeat partner: Evan, Sound Engineer/Guitar Player

Location & date of wedding: Friend's home in Miami, FL. 2/29/2008

What made our wedding offbeat: Evan and I spent the whole day together with our bridal party, bucking tradition. We also had a Pagan handfasting, complete with broom-jumping. The reception was a BBQ buffet with karaoke and a Super Mario Brothers-themed wedding cake.

Our biggest challenge: With my sister-in-law's wedding two months earlier, many had their opinions on how things just HAD to be done … You can imagine the shrieks when we told them that Evan and I picked out the dress together.

We were the ones paying for it, so everything was taken with a grain of salt. Much of it was kept to ourselves, and we revealed details on a need-to-know basis. That just kept everyone out of our hair.

My favorite moment: I loved how absolutely relaxed everything was, including the ceremony. Our high priest encouraged cheers, laughter, and applause from the crowd at regular intervals, and we were smiling the entire time.

My offbeat advice: Relax. It's really only one day, and it should be a reflection of the both of you as a couple. Just have fun — your marriage isn't going to be doomed if you hang out with the groom, show off those tattoos, or don't wear white.

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Dive into Elisa's Leap Day wedding!

Comments on Elisa’s Leap Day wedding in Miami

  1. After I bought my dress, it hung in our wardrobe until we were ready to go. I was honestly surprised when people were surprised that he had seen me in the qipao already.

  2. Well, you should tell your Mom she could start a business:). It looks like it is square or rectangular too, which I also really like. Go Mom!!!

  3. That is the cutest cake I have ever seen!

    And, your dress and veil were beautiful! Your mom did a wonderful job on the veil!

  4. LOVE the mantilla, your mom is super talented!

    And my guy has seen “The Dress” as well. I wanted to make sure it was something he liked too! 🙂

  5. You guys “rock” my name is elisa also and I am also pagan… small world.. Good luck in your wonderful life together! blessed be

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