Skulls and pugs and top hats oh my at Julia & Max's wedding

Updated Oct 12 2015
 
Photos by: David Bulit
Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride
Photos by David Bulit

The Offbeat Bride: Julia, Graphic Designer

Her offbeat partner: Max, Chef/Nutritionist

Date and location of wedding: Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami, FL — February 22, 2015

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

I have always wanted a non-traditional wedding. Actually, I never wanted a wedding at all, but marrying into a latin family means… yup, you're having a wedding. So our compromise was that we have a wedding, but it is a strange and weird and awesome one. Lots of trains and skulls and some heavy metal… oh, and our pug!

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

If there was a theme it was skulls. The groomsmen all had black ties with white skulls, Max and our pug had white ties with black skulls, and dad had neon green tie with black skulls. Max's cufflinks were skulls, our logo was a skull, my shoes had spinal columns for heels, the cake was a skull (which I made myself the night before the wedding!), and the cupcakes all had homemade white chocolate skulls.

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

I had a black dress and an AMAZING top hat. With a degree in fine art, I made sure to find a fine art photographer who understood the aesthetic that I was looking for, and I found the PERFECT ONE in David Built (and assistant Isis C.) who specializes in abandoned buildings but is amazing at weddings, too.

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Tell us about the ceremony:

Our ceremony took place at Gold Coast Railroad Museum because I love the look and feel of it, and I'm also a history buff. My mom and I made all of the decorations ourselves, and honestly I could not have done it without her help (Thanks, mom!). We had the railroad gather all of their mismatched chairs off of the trains for seating and leave their '50s music playing on the overhead speakers. They also brought over some carts with vintage luggage as a photo op. The trains remained open for guests to take in some history before the ceremony.

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

I brought a simple speaker for the processional and connected my iPhone. Ron Magill, a personal friend and hero, married us. He was instructed to make everyone laugh so hard they cried and anything goes in the ceremony. His response was, "I got this."

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

I walked down the aisle to the Apocaliptica's instrumental of "Nothing Else Matters." Ron gave the most amazing ceremony — he had us all laughing so hard. We had no vows so he had some special ones ready for us to repeat. we almost forgot to exchange the rings we were laughing so much!

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Tell us about your reception:

The reception was held at Angelique Euro Cafe in Coral Gables, Florida where Max is executive chef. We had no tables for sit-down dinner, but rather had finger foods and alcohol. I drove us to the reception in style in Sully, my neon green VW Beetle alongside Betsy Anne, my friend's blue VW beetle and they both served as picture backdrops parked in front of the restaurant.

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

We were announced to Coheed and Cambria's "Welcome Home" and the party began. The speeches were hilarious from my two maids of honor and the best man. We were both laughing and crying in both.

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

The dances were memorable to say the least since WE CANT DANCE. Our pug, Chubbs, was the life of the party in his tuxedo and top hat — everyone took a turn dancing with him (and feeding him) and he had a blast.

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

Skulls and pugs wedding from @offbeatbride

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  1. GURL.

    DAT DRESS!!!! You look amazing who made it!!!

    I love EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS! The ties- the hat- the skulls. YES SO MUCH YES_ beautiful elegant and still says this is MAI wedding. I Love it!

    • Hi Jo,
      Thank you!! I LOVED the dress, I took a huge risk though. I got it online from china at jjhouse.com and then had it altered here. I was SO nervous that it would be horribly made, but it was beautiful!!! I am so happy I took the chance!

  2. I looooove those shoes! I've seen them online but was nervous about the quality of them (so many varying prices on ebay/taobao etc). May I ask where you ordered yours from, and if they look like they'll hold up for a while?
    Gorgeous wedding, that little pug is so dapper and everyone looks super happy.

    • I love them too! I had seen the originals for like 3000 dollars. I got these off of eBay for like 50 bucks and painted them to look like bone. They are not the best quality the rubber nob on the bottom popped off sometime that night but overall they were pretty good shoes. I am going to take them to see if I can get a new rubber nob. 🙂 I would say worth it. 😀

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