Zoe & Zach's puppet show park wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#birdcage veil#DIY#iowa#outdoor#park#puppets#short dress September 27 2011 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride What what?! It's another puppet wedding! We heart these puppet-officiated, puppet-attended, puppet fantastic weddings! Photos by Micah Bloom The offbeat bride: Zoe, Artist Her offbeat partner: Zach, Art Professor Date and location of wedding: F.W. Kent Park, Oxford, IA — May 28, 2011 What made our wedding offbeat: Zach and I were married by a puppet! We created a puppet show to the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear (a childhood favorite of mine). The project was a collaboration with several of our artist friends. We made the stage, scenery, props, and puppets. Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, we had narrators and puppeteers. The puppet ceremony and reception all took place at a nearby state park. Everything was kept fairly simple. We reserved a shelter overlooking the lake, covered picnic tables with vintage tablecloths and potted flowers, and served BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. The view on top of the hill was so beautiful that we didn't need to spend a lot of money on decorations, just a few paper lanterns and some cute vintage planters to hold butter mints. There was no electricity at the shelter, so we hired an accordion player who provided us with fun polka music. Most of our time and energy went into making the puppet show, which was kept secret from everyone except those involved. Tell us about the ceremony: My sisters read "The Owl and the Pussycat" while we performed the story, and afterwards two friends sang "Anyone Else But You" by the Moldy Peaches while the puppets danced. Zach and I then emerged from behind the stage, and were married by the officiant puppet who stood at a mini pulpit. The rings were delivered to us by a dove, which swooped down over the audience on a zip line! We then lit two sparklers attached to rockets, which rose up above the stage to reveal a sign that said "Zach and Zoe." The puppet show ceremony can be seen here: My favorite moment: It was so much fun to surprise our guests with the puppet show, and to hear their gasps and laughter. We were smiling throughout the entire thing. The silliness of the puppets prevented any potential weeping. Vintage hats galore My funniest moment: We dressed a puppet to look exactly like our officiant, Rudy, who was also our main collaborator. They had identical shirts, pants, belts, and hair. The puppet even had perfectly matching tortoise-shell eyeglasses! Everyone laughed when he popped up from behind the stage and started the ceremony. My advice for offbeat brides: Making your own invitations can be really fun and easy! Zach and I painted a design together, which we had printed on cardstock through an online print service. We used a perforator to cut a dotted line on the invitation, so our guests could simply tear off the RSVP portion and mail it back to us as a postcard. No return envelopes necessary! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Vintage wedding dress: Timeless Vixen Vintage Netting for DIY birdcage veil: Etsy seller BirdcageSupply Bunny and Deer cake topper: Etsy seller Melabo Wedding cake: Deluxe Cakes and Pastries Photography: Micah Bloom Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS The 18 minutes that changed my life NEXT A cute, non-aggressive, way to remind your guests to send those errant RSVPs Show/Hide comments [ 24 ] Wow. This is so cute it hurts. I love it! Reply Haha…that's so sweet! Thank you! Reply wow how lovely and special and unique! beautiful Reply Ohhhh my god. This was just amazing. So freaking sweet– I loved the video! Reply This wedding is so sweet, I love it!! Reply I know the point of this post is the seriously awesome ceremony.. but oh lawd THAT DRESS!! I am in love. Reply Aw, thanks! I'm a sucker for little puffy sleeves 🙂 Reply Haha, this is one of my absolute favorite OBB weddings!! That is so cute/funny! The matching puppet/officiant cracks me up! 😀 AND I love your dress…! Reply Thanks a bunch! I'm glad our puppet officiant made you laugh–I was literally crying with laughter through the entire rehearsal! Reply LOVE! You know what it really reminded me of–between the puppets and your beautiful dress–this wedding is one van trapp short of the Sound of Music!! Love it! Reply Oh my gosh, thank you!! I LOVE that movie, especially the puppet scene! Reply Invitation….LOVE Reply AMAZING!!!!!!! Reply Congratulations Zoe and Zach!!!! Love, John & Poogy Reply Hi John and Poogy!!! It was so nice to get this message from you–thanks! <3 Reply You made a great wedding and you both look so happy! Reply This is exactly the kind of "feel" for a wedding that I want – truly, truly unique and just precious. How can ideas like this come to me? They just don't seem to be flowing. I don't want to be a copycat of others' original weddings. How can I make our wedding have something truly work for us? It is just perfect, the most precious thing. I cannot stress that enough. Zoe, I love everything, and I would like to throw in that I also love your dress so much! Where did you get it? And, do you have advice for "brainstorming"? Reply Talia, thank you so much for your wonderful, kind comments! When it comes to ideas, maybe just come up with a list of all the things you and your fiance love or are interested in, no matter how improbable they might seem for a wedding. I had been taking a puppetry class when Zach suggested doing a puppet show for the wedding. I thought it was a really cute and funny idea, but I just didn't think it would work. Then the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we could do it, and how perfect it was for us. I love vintage things, and animals, and so all the other ideas for the poem and the decorations fell into place! I would also suggest involving your friends in the creative process (the collaborative aspect was very important to us–our friend/officiant was unbelievably helpful in coming up with ideas and making props for the show). As for the dress, I got it from Timeless Vixen Vintage. If you like vintage, that shop has some of the prettiest stuff on Etsy! I hope that helps! Good luck with your wedding–I know it will be wonderful 🙂 Reply This is now one of my favorite weddings I've ever seen. You guys are adorable. Reply Ditto this, I'm in love with every bit of your wedding! Reply I seriously NEED that dress, I don't see it anywhere on that site. It's perfect! Reply I love love love this wedding! You two are SO cute! And the dress is to die for! Reply Oh LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. You guys are amazing. Congratulations! Reply This is cute that it physically hurts me. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your 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. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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.