Alanna & Brendan's outdoor high desert analogue wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#blue dress#mohawk#new mexico#non-floral centerpiece#outdoor#paper flowers#tattooed bride Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Sep 11 2013) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Brandon Soder Photos by Brandon Soder The Offbeat Bride: Alanna, Artist Her offbeat partner: Brendan, Musician Date and location of wedding: New Mexico, United States — June 7, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding was all analogue/unplugged, so there was live music, no cell phones, only one photographer, etc. The ceremony was just us and our officiant at the forefront saying words from the heart — unfiltered and unpracticed. We wore outfits that matched our personalities, and decorated in a way to celebrate our history. We DIYed some of our decor, like our paper flowers made out of book pages in mis-matched bottles, and family wedding photos in matching wooden frames. Our cake had a tiny stereoscope and a Charles Bukowski poem on it! We both cry every time we hear it: I know a woman who keeps buying puzzles chinese puzzles blocks wires pieces that finally fit into some order. she works it out mathmatically she solves all her puzzles lives down by the sea puts sugar out for the ants and believes ultimately in a better world. her hair is white she seldom combs it her teeth are snaggled and she wears loose shapeless coveralls over a body most women would wish they had. for many years she irritated me with what I considered her eccentricities- like soaking eggshells in water (to feed the plants so that they'd get calcium). but finally when I think of her life and compare it to other lives more dazzling, original and beautiful I realize that she has hurt fewer people than anybody I know (and by hurt I simply mean hurt). she has had some terrible times, times when maybe I should have helped her more for she is the mother of my only child and we were once great lovers, but she has come through like I said she has hurt fewer people than anybody I know, and if you look at it like that, well, she has created a better world. she has won. Frances, this poem is for you. Tell us about the ceremony: We didn't strive to follow many traditions, but just aimed for using real words spoken from the heart that meant a lot to us. The vows we spoke felt very heartfelt, emotional, and true. The sun set perfectly behind us as we said them. Our biggest challenge: The day of the wedding was rain, then wind, then rain and wind. Nature overcame this challenge by deciding to give us sunshine when it finally came down to it. My funniest moment: The knife we used to cut the cake was named "Alanna!" Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Brandon Soder Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! PREVIOUS Toronto couples: Quit stressing and start dancing with Indie Wedding DJ! NEXT Do I need a card box? Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] Such a beautiful wedding! I love everything about it. The undercut, the dress, the whole decor, the tattoos, the groom's outfit… Congratulations! Reply Thanks so much! Reply Oh that ink! I'm dying with how awesome that is. Wonderful! Reply Thank you <3 Reply The colors are spectacular. I feel celebratory and serene at the same time. Lovely! Reply Thank you!!! Reply Holy cow, where did you get that awesome necklace?! Reply I got the necklace here http://www.logical-art.co.uk/eshop_air_04.htm It was the perfect accent! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your 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.