Voyage sur la lune: Mike & Shauna’s moon-theme wedding in the sky

May 15 2015 | offbeatbride  
Photos by: Minaret Photography
Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride
Photos by Brandon Russell, Minaret Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Shauna, Paralegal

Her offbeat partner: Mike, Video Game Developer

Date and location of wedding: June Mountain aka "The Moon," June Lake, CA — July 26, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

"Once upon a time, a boy met a girl. He loved her and she loved him back. He asked if she would fly to the moon with him and she said yes. They have been there ever since." This is the story of us. On July 26, 2014, family and friends joined us on "the moon" for our wedding to witness our exchange of vows and to celebrate the future we were creating together.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

We really wanted our wedding to tell this story, so we chose this vintage "Voyage to the Moon" theme. With a 9000 ft. elevation and pristine view of Mono Lake, June Mountain was the perfect spot. What made the venue especially unique is that we could use the ski lift to carry guests up.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbrider

The event really started when guests received invitations in the mail several months prior, which included their "tickets to the moon." Then the week of, when they checked into their hotels, they were each given their "boarding passes."

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

On the big day, a shuttle took guests from the hotel to the base of June Mountain. Upon arrival, guests were lead on a red carpet over to the lift and greeted by one of our ushers who was stationed under a striped carnival tent with a big "MOON" arrow sign pointing to the mountain. The boarding passes were clipped as everyone boarded the lift and ascended the mountain to the moon.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Tell us about the ceremony:

Mike and I are not religious but my family is very Catholic. While I recognize the Catholic tradition as a part of my heritage and I respect that many of my family members have chosen this path, Mike and I are making different choices. There was some gentle pressure by family members to have a religious ceremony but this is not what we wanted. What we did agree on was that our ceremony would exhibit a universal reverence for life — and so this is what we did. Our officiant was a Buddhist minister and the ceremony featured one reading inspired by Carl Sagan as well as another, the famous Biblical passage from Corinthians, "Love is patient, Love is kind…" read by my mother.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

For the procession, we of course opted to float up on the lift with our wedding party. The ceremony opened with David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which really set the stage as we each ascended the mountain and walked down the aisle.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

The bridesmaids each represented different sky goddess (Stars, Moon, Sky, and Venus) and carried metal orb bouquets.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

For our post-vow ritual, we did a flag ceremony where our parents presented us with our flag (it had our monogram on it), which we very reverently planted on the moon (to the sound of the Richard Strauss' opening to the film, 2001).

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Tell us about your reception:

Our welcome table had a vintage-style paper moon photo booth where guests could take pictures. The wedding cake was a giant moon-shaped cake and the grooms cake was an Earth cake (that showed the Earth's layers when it was cut). Our centerpieces were metal orbs with LED candles next to a stack of fabric-wrapped books; place card holders were bottles of moon dust. Everything was DIYed.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

When doing our formal cake tasting with arms linked, instead of landing in my mouth, the cake fell down the front of my dress. Mike reached his arm down to grab it and then ate it!

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Also, we had our initials,M&S, in large silver letters over the fireplace in the reception area. A funny moment was when someone switched them around to say S&M. It was pretty hysterical.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?

I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted things to look a certain way, to get everything for really cheap, for guests to have a certain experience, for family to feel validated, and for friends to feel good. I learned quickly that you really can't have it all. My advice is to decide beforehand what's REALLY important to you and then don't sweat the small stuff. I made a big deal about shoes for my bridesmaids. In hindsight, I don't know why I made such a big deal about it. No one even noticed and you can't see them in the pictures. I feel lucky that, despite my moments of Bridezilla-ness, they still love me and are still my friends.

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride
Official embracing Bridethulhu shot

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Moon-themed mountain wedding with ski lift entrance from @offbeatbride

Vendors

  1. "an Earth cake (that showed the Earth's layers when it was cut)" … Might it be that there is a photo of this awesome cake once it is cut?

    • Aargh, we have pics of the cake… but not the inside! Maybe the bride will post a link here in the comments…

    • Hi! So sorry for the delay! We've been out of the country on our honeymoon. Our photographer neglected to get pics of the cake (grrrr!) but here's a link to our inspiration for it. Lots of pictures of "scientifically accurate planet cakes." Super cool. http://www.demilked.com/planet-cakes/

  2. I love this wedding and I love how much you went for it! This is a really thorough execution of a concept!

  3. I absolutely adore this wedding! Probably my favourite one I've ever seen on here. I love the theme, just seems so magical

    • Totally! That music video and George Melie's silent film "Le Voyage dans la Lune" were our chief inspirations. I'm thrilled you picked up on it.

  4. brudekjoler.

    christmas-wedding-cake-1.jpg

    Med julen rett rundt hjørnet,jeg satt sammen en roundup av mine favoritt holiday-themed kaker som er perfekt for desember bryllup.Først ut er en festlig design (ovenfor) av Cakes by Roxanne med sjokoladekake med dark-chocolate-and-peppermint ganache og smør kake med rum sirup og gløgg fylling.Hele kaken er dekket i rød fondant og dekorert med gumpaste julestjerner.

    Se resten av mine favoritt jule bryllup kaker etter hopp.

    selskapskjolerselskapskjoler

  5. Wow I am in love with this theme and the voyage via ski lift. How romantic, and in a unexpected way. It gives me a wistful feeling.

  6. This looks so magical!!! Did you have any trouble getting your guests on the chair lifts though? (I have family members who are very scared of heights so would refuse to take that kind of transport.)

    Gorgeous wedding!

    • Yes! We planned for that. June Mountain is such a unique and accommodating venue. They assigned a driver to drive people up the mountain in a 4WD "moon buggy." It worked out perfectly.

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.