The offbeat bride: Charla, Anthropology Graduate Student
Her offbeat partner: Joel, Anthropology Graduate Student
Location & date of wedding: Family cottage at Crooked Lake in Angola, Indiana — 9/5/2010
What made our wedding offbeat: We got engaged on June 9, 2010 with no intention of being married three months later. But Joel's family had a reunion planned for Labor Day weekend, and we decided to crash the party with our wedding!
As graduate students, we had to do it on the cheap. The main cost was the catering — pulled pork, ribs, chicken, honey rolls and sides a la Slow Ride BBQ out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. At $11 a plate, the yummy food didn't break the bank.
Since some of our attendants, and myself, as the bride, were veggies, we also had barbecued tofu and vegan pasta salad made by my stepsister, Jessica.
No photographer — our amazing pics are courtesy of Joel's brother, Adam Marshall, and my stepbrother, Pete Winegardner.
Another way we saved was by rocking out to an iPod mix in lieu of a DJ.
The reverend and classical guitarist were both family friends, and offered to do the ceremony for free (although we compensated them for their time and efforts in gift certificates to a fine local restaurant).
The weather was perfect, the guests were happy, and it turned out to be a dream wedding, despite our initial reservations about having the wedding at a family member's house. We cleaned up and packed up by 4:00 in the afternoon, and then the A-list family members migrated to a rental cottage for an impromptu pizza after-party, where we opened gifts, some of which were given from beyond the grave.
Tell us about the ceremony: Our simple ceremony was anything but traditional. Merging Catholic and non-religious family expectations wasn't difficult — we just picked a few readings that were meaningful to us: 1 Corinthians 4-13 and “A Marriage” by Mark Twain.
We wanted something else though, so we asked our friend, Sloan, to do a reading of her choice. Since Sloan, Joel and I are anthropologists, she thought that an Apache Wedding Blessing would be fitting, and her delivery made even the most impassive members of the family shed some tears.
My favorite moment: Honestly, the most meaningful moments of our wedding were saying our vows to one another and seeing our family members get to know each other. These memories will stay with us forever, even if there were no pictures to remind us.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Char's Dress – Betsey Johnson
- Shoes – Piperlime
- Bracelet and Pearl Bobby Pins – Anthropologie
- Necklaces – Aldo
- Joel's Shirt – Nordstrom
- Tie – Express Men
- Pants – Gap
- Food – Slow Ride BBQ
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!