Catherine & Jeffrey's Alice in Wonderland-themed circus reception #Real Weddings: Midwest US#alice in wonderland weddings#barn#blue dress#circus#corset#costumes#fire dancing#michigan#outdoor#rainy June 17 2014 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: 586Media Photos by 586Media The Offbeat Bride: Catherine Her offbeat partner: Jeffrey Date and location of wedding: Hunter's Creek, Michigan — July 27, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Jeffrey and I worked every weekend for six months to prepare an old farm for our Alice in Wonderland and circus-themed wedding. Our entertainment was the Detroit Circus and The Reefermen. All our decorations were handmade and we did everything ourselves, with help from family. Our biggest challenge: Despite a gorgeous summer in Michigan, the weekend of our reception was met by a downpour! My handmade decorations were all but destroyed by the rain, and many of our guests were not prepared for the showers. But we managed and had a wonderful support system surrounding us. Everyone was very understanding of the ever-changing Michigan weather. Thankfully, we had covered porches, tented seating areas, and indoor facilities to keep all of our guests dry. My favorite moment: The most meaningful moment of our wedding experience was the union of two different worlds of people. The love that was expressed to us that day was the most meaningful moment I have ever felt. Also, watching the six months of labor Jeffrey and I put into the wedding come together was incredible. It was better (and wetter) than I expected, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Don't worry if it rains. It just adds to the magic of the day. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: Alice and Willow Band: The Reefermen Photographer: 586Media Venue: Hunter's Creek Entertainment: Detroit Circus 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 My relationship is not a statement: Stop viewing our wedding decisions as some sort of socio-political performance NEXT Why my wedding isn't about me, and it never was Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] I love absolutely everything about this wedding! So beautiful and I adore the Alice theme! Congrats to you both! <3 3 agree Reply Fantastic wedding! I like the Hindu belief that rain on your wedding day signifies that your marriage will last. It has something to do with how much more difficult it is to untie a knot that has gotten wet. Isn't that nice? 2 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.