Lynsey & Dominic's retro musical comic book-ish wedding #Real Weddings: Midwest US#1950s#comic books#DIY#fall weddings#geeky#hat#ohio#plus size#retro#suspenders#tattooed bride February 5 2013 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by John Hemp The Offbeat Bride: Lynsey, customer service Her offbeat partner: Dominic, Computer tech Date and location of wedding: Allen East Community Center, Harrod, Ohio — September 8, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Music was a big part of the ceremony. I'm a huge music lover and my husband has kind of become one after being with me. The background music was '50s rock and we walked back up the aisle to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen. We had to have a favorite Beatles song played during dinner, "Come Together." We handmade all the bouquets from sheet music my great-mother had when she was my age. And my hubby had a super hero cape waiting for him when we sat down at our '50s diner table for dinner because he's a HUGE comic book nerd. It was one giant mishmash of nerdy, musical fun. Tell us about the ceremony: My mom walked me down the aisle. We didn't want traditional vows since my hubby is agnostic and I'm not particularly religious, so our officiant turned our vows into a very musical theme. He closed the ceremony wanting our lives "entwined with many beautiful harmonies and melodies." Our biggest challenge: For us it was something that most couples have to overcome: budget. We DIYed a lot of it, including the center pieces — record bowls and sundae glasses which doubled as our cutlery holders. The food was all cooked by Dominic's amazing aunt, and our cake was our wedding gift from a family friend (we planned on paying her to make it for us, but she generously gifted it). My favorite moment: For me, it was seeing Dominic start to cry seeing me walk down the aisle. We've been been together for four years, and I've only seen him cry once. My funniest moment: Walking back up the aisle in our first moments of wedded bliss, my heel caught the divot in between the concrete and I fell. Just a skinned knee and a huge laugh. I immediately hopped up and yelled, "I'm good!" and we kept on going. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Don't be afraid to mix things up. If you have lots of interests that you want to show off on your wedding day, do it! I can't tell you how many people thought this nerd retro feel sounded kinda strange, but after they saw it in action, they really enjoyed it — and so did we! And take time to relax and de-stress. As hard as that may be when you have a million things you have to plan, you will feel better if you do. I didn't take nearly enough time to sit and breathe and I definitely wish I had. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? That I can't do it all on my own. I have an extremely hard time asking for help and that's the one thing I regret about planning and doing so much of it myself. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Dress: David's Bridal Bridesmaids and mother of the bride's dresses: Unique Vintage Jewelry: made by me and my partner Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS So you want to have a friend officiate… NEXT Create a coloring sheet placemat for the kids Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] I loved seeing the details of your wedding. It's getting me even more excited for my Just Married party coming up because we are doing some of the same things. BTW, loved your look! Your hair was divine! Reply Thanks! I had such a blast getting looking for hairstyles and all all the kind of girly stuff like that, and I'm not a girly-girl by any means. my mom bought me a birdcage veil to wear, and I liked my hair so much I didn't wear it so I could show it off. Reply Love the bride's look and love the groom and his party wearing those awesome t-shirts. My groom wore some silly socks and I know he wanted to make sure the photogs got them on film; I'm sure your hubby felt the same. 🙂 Reply Aah! Sneakers and comic book heros, amazing. I keep seeing the comic book thing. I want to take pictures of that. Reminded me of a damsel in distress waiting for her hero, When I was doing my bridal photos, (it was at a train track) my mom wanted me to lie down and drape rope on me and do something fun like that, the problem was it was an active train track and we were constantly running off the track, out of the way. Reply Love the look of this wedding – how did you make the flowers as they are similar to something i am trying to create (with mixed success) for my special day x Reply They're pretty simple to make, just really time consuming. I made so many it just evolved into a hobby. I even sell them here and there. Here's the tutorial I used and tweaked a little bit as I went. Hope that helps! Cheers! http://www.capitolromance.com/2011/12/21/diy-tutorial-paper-roses-from-books-or-sheet-music/ Reply I can't get enough of this wedding! Loving the details, the dresses and the theme! 😀 Reply Thank ya! My great-uncle is a very conservative retired doctor. While my mom was walking me down the aisle, he told me this was the coolest wedding he'd ever been too. That made my day. Reply Absolutely charming. Music is going to play a huge role in everything about our ceremony and throughout the night, too! Reply Wow so different but yet cool. Congrats Reply I'm getting married in the Harrod area too. Who was your photographer? Thanks! Reply John Hemp. He's from Sidney, which is where we love. My mom had her reception at the Community Center and we just fell in love with it. Here's his website: http://www.hempimagery.com/ Reply Hubby here, Lyns and I run our own photo business. Seems I can't post a link here, so email me and we can talk. Thanks! Reply email@example.com Reply Super cute and fun! Love, love, love your bouquets – beautiful! Reply Leave a Reply to Chantal 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. 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