Jessica & Lorien's Oliver Stone meets David Lynch fantasy wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#birdcage veil#eloping#las vegas#nevada#outdoor#short dress#surprise wedding#two weddings#video Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Nov 25 2009) Offbeat Editors The offbeat bride: Jessica Her offbeat partner: Lorien, CEO of Pingg.com Location & date of wedding: Wedding in Nevada desert, party in NYC loft — 10/3/09 wedding; 10/24/09 party What made our wedding offbeat: Never a traditionalist. Always a rebel (unless it turns into a cliche). Terrified of weddings and every "walk down the aisle," "cut the cake" part of it. We eloped to Vegas. Got married in the Nevada desert by a woman who looked like Blondie. Just my love, me, "Blondie" and a three-person film crew who helped us film an Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers-esque) type film involving our alter egos. Three weeks later we had a massive 300 person party under the guise of our thirtieth and fortieth birthdays. Family and friends flew from all over figuring our joint bdays (ushering a new decade) was a big event. At 9:00 we showed them a video. At first with pictures of us both growing up… la-di-da… until a record scratch — it breaks into the short mysterious movie that ends in the grand finale — footage of our wedding. EVERYONE FREAKED as people started guessing what was happening and realizing they were actually at our wedding. Ridiculousness ensued. No wedding cake (but we did pass out gourmet popcorn during the event), lots of dancing (but no first dances) and a wedding video like no other! 30- 40 birthday party…and a surprise wedding from Lorien Gabel on Vimeo. Our biggest challenge: We eliminated all challenges and honestly had the wedding of our dreams. FIguring out what we didn't want, we started from scratch and invented the rest. Hardest part… keeping the secret for three weeks! 🙂 My favorite moment: The moment when everyone watching the video started screaming and asking "Is it real?" Also the moment in the desert, when we kissed. My advice for other offbeat brides: Erase all that you know. Start from scratch and look f*cking HOT doing it. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?: He bought all his clothes in the video at Lazarosoho.com People who shot our video – Gpix Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: PREVIOUS Kory & Ben's Dia de los Dinosaurs Wedding NEXT Sophie & Derik's Canadian Thanksgiving Elopement Show/Hide comments [ 45 ] I LOVE the video! Such a great idea 🙂 Reply That's AMAZING!! The film is really incredibly shot, and what a fun and awesome way to do it up. The waiting for the surprise must have been EXCRUCIATING! I bow to you, sex kitten, i bow! Reply Where did you get your shoes?? Reply That was pretty damn awesome. Reply Ohemgee. That is face-meltingly awesome. No really, my face just melted off. Reply Super Super Awesome! Love it! Reply OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it, love it, love it. It actually made me cry. The most romantic and sexy thing I have ever seen……. I just wish I could afford something like that….. Ah well…. Reply Holy crap! That's awesome! Now I'm jeaous. I always wanted to hire a film crew for a movie style wedding, but I could only afford a super awesome photographer OR videographer. I chose the pictures. Reply Super sexy! Super fun! Super romantic! Super super! Reply Way cool! Reply Stunning. I didn't cry until the credits. That was amazing! Reply this video is the greatest thing i have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 The production values are insanely good too!! wowww… just… amazing! Reply the video was so AMAZING!!!!!! LOVE IT! Reply OMG I'm in love with this…..the whole thing was incredible!!!! Reply Those shoes are AMAZING where did you get them? Reply oh my god, I don't even know you guys and I bawled! Congrats 🙂 Reply Exelent!!!! What a great idea. Wish we could get away with this… Reply STUNNING. I saw this on another wedding website and almost passed out. WOW! Reply I'm speechless! That tops ANY wedding I have ever been to! So romantic and fresh! Kudos! Wishing you many more exciting years to come! Reply Best wedding I have EVER seen! Reply hot. and heartfelt. i need kleenex and sex, sooner rather than later. tmi? congratulations and wishes for a lifetime of hot and heartfelt everything. Reply Amazing. The coolest video ever. And ditto on the shoes… where are they from!? Reply Absolutely adore this idea and your creativity! Congratulations and WOW! Reply What a beautiful video, its made me go a misty eyed. Congratulations x Reply Oh my God, I have never felt the need to write a comment and I have read so many wedding stories here, but that was awesome. I actually cried at your video and your photos are stunning. Well done what a beautiful memory you both have, truly off beat. Reply Word!! I never comment either, but this is the hottest friggen extravaganza ever Reply I'm at a loss for words……hot, romantic, sexy, loving, caring….So fabulous I have to go give my guy a great big hug and kiss….after I check the flights to Vegas! B) Vegas Baby! Reply If the power were vested in me, I'd award you most off-beat wedding of 2009! That rocked! I am so inspired right now. It was sexy, creative, moving, and so clearly the two of you. Confreakingrats, yo! Reply It doesn't get any cooler than this! Congratulations! Reply Incredible!!!! Thanks for sharing Reply LOVE IT! What is the song that first song that plays? I've heard it everywhere, but dont know who does it. I love the song, and want to know who it is!!! can anyone help? Reply Ok – that was SO BAD ASS!!!! Other than my wedding, this whole thing was the BEST wedding idea I've ever seen, front to back! Amazing! Reply Alright…i'm showing this to the fiance. We have to do this. There are no words to describe the awesomeness of this idea! Reply By far one of the most amazing and totaly unique weddings ever! Congratulations! You are truely a beautiful couple! Reply Awesome looking wedding photographs there. I just wish more people were open to cool stuff like this. Reply How much did the video cost? Reply Nika– the song is 1901 by Phoenix Reply I thinkthe shoes are Louboutin…and I love them I love this entire video and the whole idea behind it…now if I can convince my SO to do something similar. Reply so blown away!! I really really love this. I just hope you got great pictures at the party too! Reply So, the surprise was so awesome I got over the fact that I couldn't be the best man, instantly. So cool. So original. I love you guys. Fire up the honeymoon video! Reply So, the surprise was so awesome I got over the fact that I couldn't be the best man, instantly. So cool. So original. I love you guys. Fire up the honeymoon video! Reply This is the single greatest wedding I've ever seen!!! Reply This is the only wedding I've ever seen were I cried!! I love it love it!!! Reply I couldn't refrain from commenting. Perfectly written! Reply nice post Best Wedding Photography Ideas 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. 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.