Megan & Chris' summer carnival wedding with rockabilly style #Real Weddings: Midwest US#brooch bouquet#bunting#candy buffet#carnival#crochet#diy bouquet#kansas city#missouri#non-floral bouquet#plus size#ring warming#rockabilly#small wedding#tattooed bride#tattooed groom#theater#zombies Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Mar 18 2013) Offbeat Editors Photos by Vixen Pinup Photography The Offbeat Bride: Megan, Social worker Her offbeat partner: Chris, Therapist Date and location of wedding: The Uptown Theater, Kansas City, MO — August 18, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We had a small evening, with just our closest friends. As we were preparing for the wedding, this was our mantra: "small ceremony, big party." And that is exactly what we got. We chose a carnival theme with show banners, fun house mirrors, and a homemade photo booth. Our favorite band, The Rumblejetts, played the night away. One of my favorite DIY pieces was my brooch bouquet. I collected brooches for over a year. Some of the brooches were passed down from my grandmothers, some came from far away family, some were souvenirs from vacations, and some came from antique stores. I put it together with the help of my bridesmaids. It had a little vintage pin on the bottom that said "here comes the bride." Tell us about the ceremony: We wrote the ceremony ourselves, and our friend Joe was the officiant. We included a reading from Goodridge vs. Department of Health and some poetry. My favorite part of the ceremony was the ring warming. Here is what we wrote for that part: Around the world, wedding rings are the strongest and most visible sign of the bond these two people are about to make — a commitment to life, to each other, and to the future. These rings are the visible signs of their commitment to one another. As this ceremony proceeds, we ask that everyone gathered here today take part in the warming of the rings. We ask that you, their family and friends, to wish them health and happiness, and all that is noble and good in life. Sarah will now start the passing of the rings, and I ask that each of you hold them for a moment, warm them with your love, then pass them on to the next person. I ask that all present voice a silent wish or prayer for this couple, for their marriage and their future together. When these rings come back they will contain, in their precious metal, that which is more precious, that which is priceless: your love and hope and pledge of support for this union. Our biggest challenge: The days before the wedding were still very full of DIY projects including bouquets, centerpieces, the candy bar, and seemingly thousands of pennants. Finishing those was our biggest challenge. My favorite moment: One meaningful moment for me was our first dance. We had taught ourselves a dance by watching YouTube videos, and I wanted a wonderful first dance more than anything. Chris does not like to dance, so I was glad it was a show stopper and fun for both of us. My funniest moment: Our four-year-old nephew was our ring bearer, and his mom (the groom's sister) did a reading. He was going back and forth to grandma throughout the ceremony, but he made sure to listen when his mom read, and comment on the line about potatoes saying, "Mom, you're funny! Potatoes!" It was too cute. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Craft an event of your choosing. We knew people would think our theme was out-there and that our zombie hands cake topper wasn't traditional. Rockabilly music might not be for everyone, but we took the leap and had a night that we loved. By doing that, people saw who we are, and how we like to have fun. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Gown Gallery Venue: Uptown Theater Photography, hair, and makeup: Vixen Pinup Photography Band: The Rumblejetts Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! PREVIOUS The Wardrobe Shop has the vintage-styled dress of your Downton Abbey dreams NEXT Pre-wedding excitement with bubble wrap, comics, shoes, and hedgehogs Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] Wow, love this weeding and the brides body art is amazing! Reply #thatdress #thosecolors #thatdress (wait I said that) Looks like a lovely time for everyone! Reply Yeah! Kansas City represent! Reply LOVE this wedding – and I love the Brides gown – it is really beautiful and so was she! Reply Ahhh! The dress! I freaking love it. And the bride is gorgeous. Love, love, love. Reply Hey, I recognize someone in that last photo! The blonde in gold runs a blog. This is all super gorgeous and looks like so much fun! Reply Hi tasha! you are right, I do run a blog 🙂 I love "seeing" readers in new places!! Reply Love the guy in the wedding party shot dressed like Thurston Howell III! Reply beautiful night was so so beautiful 🙂 megan and chris both did an amazing job with everything, and nikki and candy from Vixen photographery were phenomenal. best party ever, hands down, hands up!! Reply Does anyone know the designer of her dress? It's beautiful! Reply OMGeezy, this bride is totally killing it: the hair, the veil, the jewelry, her arms, that Dress! You are stunningly awesome, ma'am! Reply Does anyone know who made the dress? The link is to a boutique, not the designer. Reply The dress is by Justin Alexander 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour 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. 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. 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