The Offbeat Bride: Nicole, tow truck dispatcher
Her offbeat partner: Eli, mechanic
Date and location of wedding: North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC — October 22, 2016
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
we had a state fair wedding! When we approached the ceremony site, our small group of friends (10 including the officiant) sang the bridal march in “buhm buhm bah-dumms.” We were married by the flower gardens and spent the rest of the night riding rides, including the zipper.
Our cake exchange was with funnel cake, and we played games like the squirt gun race and lifting glass bottles upright. We ate pizza and steak on a stick. Everything smelled like fried food, and there was a record attendance of over 150,000 people at the fair that day.
Tell us about the ceremony:
Our silliest, most big-hearted friend, June, officiated. When we have to describe her, we just say "June farts rainbows." The personalized ceremony was animated and full of sound effects and laughter.
Our "kid" (not biologically either of ours, but in our care) was the Ring Bear, wore ears and a tail. We wrote our own vows and made references to man-smells and oil checks. At the end we jumped triumphantly off the small decking area where our ceremony was held. It was very short and incredibly sweet.
Tell us about your reception:
We wandered around the fair as a group, riding rides and eating fair food. Our drunkest guest was handed my handmade paper flower and button bouquet to hold up as a beacon, leading our guests. While waiting in long ride lines, our friends socialized and stepped away to grab food on sticks.
We played games and the only person who won anything was the one drunk friend, and wore his prize — a poop emoji light-up hat — for the remainder of the night. Fair goers stopped us to congratulate us throughout the crowd.
What was your most important lesson learned?
Not throwing a big wedding was the best decision for us. We had attended my best friend's wedding a little more than a month prior, and although it was absolutely beautiful, my friend was stressed out the whole time and didn't even get to enjoy many of the features of his wedding. By piggy backing on another event, we got food, entertainment, lighting, and endless photo ops, without having to do all the work.
* Photography: Erin L. Taylor Photography — Erin L. Taylor was AMAZING. She was a total trooper, became part of the group instantly, and was just super helpful the entire time.
* Alterations: Mary's Magic in Asheville, NC — They are not only skilled in their craft, but downright delightful people to work with.