Kris & Tony's red, cream and black feather destination wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#birdcage veil#destination wedding#feathers#las vegas#nevada#place cards#spring#uneven wedding party Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jul 14 2010) Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Kris, Accounting Manager (and OBT Member) Her offbeat partner: Tony, Applications Engineer Location & date of wedding: Twenty miles off the strip at a garden with a reception hall, Las Vegas, NV — March 15, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: As a southern girl, my wedding experiences were steeped in tradition. However, Tony and I both wanted something that felt like us. We desperately wanted to create a night where we could celebrate our love and have our guests glad they paid to travel to the wedding. I knew immediately I wanted feathers and a bird theme and Tony quickly signed on. We went for a wedding ceremony that felt traditional because we are Christian and yet chose an eclectic mix of unusual and traditional elements for the dress, decor and reception. We had two maids of honor and no groomsmen. We chose a location that would allow our guests to entertain themselves and create a vacation if they wished. We live in Seattle but our friends and family traveled from at least seven states to attend! The centerpieces were designed and created by one of our MOH and myself in order to get the desired look as well as maintain our budget. My dress was the perfect marriage between the all red dresses I considered and my love of cream wedding dresses (and Tony adored it). We honored our families in the ceremony and chose readings that will forever verbalize our hearts. The reception was all about our friends, family, good food, drinks and awesome music. Our biggest challenge: We had a destination wedding because our families and friends live all over the United States. We also wanted an intimate wedding. Our families said they understood that but when the guest list was being set numerous folks were added. We tried to take a stand and that caused a lot of drama. I had read that it was rude to invite people to a destination wedding that would not be able to attend. We ended up agreeing to invite more folks than we originally thought. Our families were happy because they wanted to share their happiness with their loved ones. If I had it to do over again, I would invite everyone we care about and let them decline rather than trying to maintain a certain number of guests. My favorite moment: The most amazing part of our wedding was the hour taking photographs before the ceremony. I felt like the most beautiful woman in the world when Tony first saw me. We couldn't stop hugging and he cried. It was an intimate hour even with the three photographers and guests arriving. We had time just the two of us to laugh, smile, kiss, hold hands and become calm prior to the ceremony. Romantic and full of joy, that was my favorite part of the whole event. The cake topper that inspired it all! My advice for offbeat brides: I thought about what I wanted our pictures to look like and how I wanted to remember the evening twenty plus years from now. Then I took that feeling and created the details. I involved Tony as much as he wanted to be and took his word when he said whatever I wanted – it left some surprises for him. I researched for hours online and in stores but enjoyed every minute of it because I kept in mind the reason for my planning. We tried to pick our battles with our families and as I learned parents do feel like this is there day as well. I loved giving my business to talented and creative individuals and in return found an insane level of customer service and support – definitely recommend the smaller vendors! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? My amazing headpiece The outstanding cake topper Place cards and menus Awesome Vegas photographers (now friends): Sheer Elegance Photography Victoria's Bridal of Seattle for the dress and couture jacket Las Vegas Weddings at the Grove Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! http://www.flickr.com/photos/41983342@N02/show PREVIOUS Geeky wedding favors Little Things Favors NEXT Wedding porn from the fire-spinning bride's wedding Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Kris, I LOVE your dress. And the birdie cake topper. And the location. All in all, a huge LIKE THIS! Reply You two look SO sweet together in that photo! Well, in all the photos! Congrats on pulling together what looks like an awesome wedding; gorgeous location, too! Reply Loved that "cheeky" photo! LOL it took me a minute to catch on. The wedding looked gorgeous! That dress looked amazing on you. Reply Thanks y'all. It was such an amazing day. Been dreaming about being a wedding planner since then. 🙂 Maybe one day. Reply Any chance I could get the designer of your dress?! I'm in love! Reply It is a Venus dress – Angels & Traditions # 4492. http://www.venusbridal.com/bridals/angel-tradition/4492 It came in black or cinnamon accents as well as more traditional wedding colors and I chose dark ivory which seemed more like cream as opposed to regular ivory. 🙂 Good luck!!! 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. 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