Jessica & Tyler's bow-tied puppy, board games, and Magic the Gathering wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#board games#geeky#indiana#plus size#tattooed bride November 5 2015 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Stacie Doi Photography Photos by Stacie Doi The Offbeat Bride: Jessica Her offbeat partner: Tyler, lab tech Date and location of wedding: The Brick, South Bend Indiana — September 27, 2015 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We wanted the wedding to involve everything that we loved and that was related to us as a couple. We skipped some of the traditional stuff, much to our relatives' chagrin, but we believe it all paid off,including when I surprised Tyler with a Magic The Gathering cake (he lives for this game). Tell us about the ceremony: Our family dog, Potter, a Bernese Mountain Dog, was co-ring bearer (complete with GoPro). My fantastic bridesman Jason made our arch by hand, twice (it fell off his truck on the way to the venue and he had to start it all over!). One of our good friends officiated. We locked a love lock around a metal tree that we purchased from an at-home store. Finally, we exited to "Raining Tacos." Tell us about your reception: We had board games, Magic the Gathering games, card games, and the band that was playing while we first met. We served "hippie hash," one of the meals (a breakfast dish) we used to get when we first started dating from a greasy spoon sort of place. It's also veggie-friendly for all of our vegetarian friends. What was your most important lesson learned? Despite all my worst fears, things will be forgotten or break, your dress might miss the clasp it needs to close, and your friends might have to sew you in, but the people who really care about you will shine through, and some might surprise you. People will let you down, but focus on what goes right and the people who love you. Vendors • Photography: Stacie Doi 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 It's about me becoming me: Why I'm changing my first AND last name after marriage NEXT We're Sirius: this Azkaban photo booth will bring out the magical criminals in all your guests Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] That Magic card decoration is adorable! My fiance loves MtG – he plays every week and he's nationally ranked. He doesn't want to go full out nerd for our wedding but we have been looking for more subtle and funny ways to bring his nerdy interests into the wedding. A MtG wedding card would be perfect! 4 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *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.