Remember Sam and her crazy awesome Lego boutonnieres? Or her fantastic red dress and colorful lanterns in a Monday Montage? Here's the rest of her colorful and creative Catholic wedding! -Becca

Justin and I.

The offbeat bride: Sam(antha), Communications Manager by day, Catholic Liturgical Music Director by night (and OBT Member)

Her offbeat partner: Justin, PhD in History at University of Southern California, Gentleman Adventurer by night.

Location & date of wedding: St. Patricks Church, Whitney Point, NY and Kalurah Shrine, Endicott, NY — August 7, 2010

What made our wedding offbeat: I sang my way down the aisle.

I wore a red gown (I'm Catholic and part of the reason I chose red is because the color red symbolizes the Holy Spirit).Justin singing for me

My husband played and sang “Lady in Red” at the reception while my father and I danced.

I worked myself crazy DIYing things in attempts to keep costs down, as well as keep things personal and unique.

Tell us about the ceremony: I am a practicing Catholic. My husband is a non-practicing Lutheran. We had a mass, my husband and I did receive communion, and we then turned around and handed out the bread and wine to our friends and our family. I loved this because it really supported the idea that as a community we come together to nourish each other.

Michelle fixes the last of my dress
Interesting and different aspects of this ceremony included:

  • I was inspired by the Filipino tradition where all of the sponsors walk into the church as part of the procession. Yup! We did it!I didn't have sponsors, but I did have our God parents, the two priests presiding, our parents, and our wedding party. It was a long procession, but full of meaning for me.
  • All of my bridesmaids were already married. In a way, it was like they had lit the way for me. So as they processed in, I had each of them carrying a lantern which they hung on a shepherds hook before taking their place up front.

My favorite moment:
in b&WThe speech my father gave at the reception: “So there was a little girl, probably 3 years old. She loved to play, and — I dunno, maybe you older folks remember those kids blocks that snap together? Well Samantha had those blocks — and one night I was laying on the couch and she toddled over to me, blocks in hand and she says (and his voice cracked when he said this) ‘Do it together pop?'. (So now dad looks over at Justin and I) ‘So that's it, really. There isn't anything for me to tell you — you already know it all — just do it together'” and then he sang us The Water is Wide. Every woman in the room was crying by the time he was done.

The wedding cake was a four generation cake. It was made for me by my mother, the topper was my grandmother's, and the recipe for the cake was my great-grandmother's!
Screwing around afterwards
My funniest moment: Oh man. There were many. I'd say it was a hands down tie between:

  1. What do you think you are going to find under there?I don't dig the whole garter thing. Its just not my style. So, I sewed a pocket into the crinoline of my dress, and we had a few different “garter attempts”. Each time, Justin would pull something different out of my skirt. The funniest by far was the second, because he pulled the cake service set out of there. People laughed so darnd hard.
  2. First kiss?I also don't dig the clink your glass until the couple kisses thing. Totally bugs me. So the first time a table did it, my friend Emily was right next to me, so I kissed her instead. It was hilarious. I was quite proud of myself. 🙂

My advice for offbeat brides: I have two bits of advice.

  1. Our first danceBe your own well of happiness. Don't let anyone poop in your well. I see it like this: If you are your own well of happiness, you are giving yourself the power and control you need, not only to enjoy every moment of this journey for yourself, but to be able to let your happiness bubble up and seep into the folks around you until they have been caught in your energy and joy. I tell you, it's the recipe for a magical experience.
  2. It is all about the journey. So cliché. So true. Don't let the planning process become a long arduous walk to one single day. It is genuinely important to enjoy, learn and grow along the way.

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Comments on Samantha & Justin’s Eccentric, Music-filled Wedding

  1. My Goddess, I just watched your video of you singing down the aisle. I don’t even know you and I cried. So beautiful and such an amazing and personal touch. I have my FH playing the guitar to me as I walk down to aisle. I love music and it is so amazing when brides/groom are not afraid to show it off…especially on their wedding day.

  2. Woohoo for SamIAm gettin’ hitched and doing it in such style…I was hoping to see this wedding here! Also, I second this: “I also don’t dig the clink your glass until the couple kisses thing.”

    We’re actually planning on making signs banning it for our reception. Your solution was hilarious, too 😉

  3. I love this woman, and I have been waiting on pins and needles for her official wedding profile. It did not disappoint, and as soon as the tears stopped from her walk down the aisle, I read her dad’s speech and they started up again.

    You had a gorgeous amazing wedding honey!

  4. oh my. i loved it. the song brought tears to my eyes. such a beautiful, womanly, talented thing to do. so utterly natural.

  5. Yay! My dress is also a red Amara Royale, so I can appreciate your taste 😉

    I LOVE what you did with the whole “I have no garter but check out all the other random crap under here!” thing. Too funny!

  6. Oh my gosh, the picture in front of the stained glass window is one of the most beautiful I have seen! Love the colors!

  7. The whole wedding is completely awesome, obviously, but my favorite thing about this profile is the “Oh hai, here’s my amazing bum” picture in the wedding porn slideshow! It looks like you had so much fun with your pictures 😀

  8. I am SO excited that this wedding was profiled. SamIAm has been a wellspring of inspiration and confidence for my slightly quirky, unapologetic Catholic wedding. I FREAKING LOVE IT.

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