Crystal & Gregory's red and malibu blue super wedding

It's a bird, it's a plane… it's Offbeat Bride's comic book-clad and caped superhero theme week! Get in the telephone booth and change into your wedding-gawking superhero tights — you're in for crime-fighting fun.

Wedding Party
Photos by This Little Light Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Crystal, Teacher Assistant

Her offbeat partner: Gregory, System Analyst

Date and location of wedding: Northeast Park Event Center in Gibsonville, NC — May 17, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We decided that we wanted a fun, memorable wedding without destroying our bank accounts. We set a strict $5000 budget and stuck to it. We wanted to keep some traditional wedding ideas, but without being too stuffy and formal. Our wedding theme became comics and superheroes. It's something we both love, and we had a lot of fun finding comics for our centerpieces. I think we ended up getting all but two wedding-themed comic books that have been created.

Bride's Parent's Table

Groom and Groomsmen

Captain America Bride

Bridal Party

We also opted out of the traditional wedding bridal march, ceremony exit, and reception entrance. We left the ceremony by dancing out to "Turn Down For What" by Lil Jon.

We refused to spend $800+ for a photo booth, so we made a superhero-themed prop table. Gregory's family is Trinidadian and my family is from North Carolina, so our music was definitely diverse. Many of the bride's friends and family have since asked us to send them soca music. We are both goofy and don't take ourselves very seriously, so our wedding was definitely a reflection of that.

Groom waiting

Something was funnyTell us about the ceremony:
Since both of us come from Christian backgrounds, our ceremony was religious. We also had a moment of silence for our loved ones who had passed away or couldn't be with us that day.

We each had memory chairs with our grandmother's pictures.

The wedding party, including the parents, walked down the aisle to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. Instead of throwing rice or bird seed when we left the reception, our guests blew bubbles.

For our reception entrance, my mother is a huge John Cena fan, so we came into his intro music with a foam Cena finger and a WWE championship belt. It was actually perfect because the song says something about "my time is now."

Our minister was very interactive and kept the guests involved.

John Cena Entrance

Our biggest challenge:
There are many challenges when you are a DIY bride. Because of our theme, it was hard to find superhero stuff that wasn't geared towards children. We wanted a tasteful, adult version. I ended up making a lot of stuff, but the most difficult was the card box. I used a black and white Daredevil comic and Mod Podge. Also, to keep our wedding from looking like the American flag, we opted for a malibu blue, instead of navy, to keep a Captain America color scheme.

Gift/Guestbook Table

Sweetheart Table

We had people in our wedding party from other states, and countries, so keeping communication open was so important. With any wedding, you have a wide array of personalities and opinions. In the end, it was about making sure we were happy.

Cake Topper

My favorite moment:
The most meaningful moments of our wedding are the traditional details we kept: the first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance. I am very nostalgic and still pretty obsessed with '90s boy bands. Our first dance was "This I Promise You" by 'N Sync. We got bored half way through it, so we did an impromptu dramatic boy band performance.

Due to budget restrictions, we weren't able to hire a videographer and I was very upset about not capturing this day on video. One of the groom's friends showed up and was able to capture our entire reception with professional equipment. This was his gift to us and it is honestly priceless. Our wedding movie trailer was amazing!

My funniest moment:
The funniest moment, and highlight of our wedding day, was my mother. She is 65 years old and had open heart surgery back in October 2013. You would have never known it on our wedding day. She got up and danced like a teenager! Also, the prop table was great. There were people climbing with a Spider-Man mask on, talking in the Christian Bale Batman voice, and having epic superhero battles. The children, of course, loved running around with masks on. It was hilarious for us to see all the tagged Facebook posts.

Prop Table

Dancing

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?
The most important lesson we learned was it truly is worth it. We both questioned having a wedding at all at times. Nothing was going right during planning. All of the time, effort, and energy came together and made our day memorable. During the process, I was so jealous of people who could hire planners, but afterwards, I felt so accomplished that we pulled off the wedding WE wanted. It was our vision and our work that made it happen.

Just Married

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Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

  1. …I totally had 'Turn down for What" running through my head before I saw that you walked down the aisle to it. Ha!

  2. Aaaah!!! I adore ALL of it! Everything about this couple and this wedding is gorgeous, fun, and fabulous!!! I seriously just squealed with delight at my desk. Congrats!!! May your days be filled with this much love, laughter, and joy <3

    • Thank you so much! It was such a special, wonderful day for us. We had a blast. I would definitely take on all of the stress to relive that day!

  3. Your wedding looks amazing! I love the details and the care that went into making the theme. The superhero masks are excellent as well, and I love the photo with all the guys holding open their shirts. The hands down best part? The look of absolute joy on everyone's faces!

  4. I love this wedding. The comic books with all of the weddings, kisses and couples were such a great touch. I am so excited to show everyone I know!
    The colors turned out great. You both look gorgeous. Best wishes.

  5. This is so awesome. Wow where did you find all the comic books. I'm trying to do something similar for my wedding, but they're hard to find.

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