Lauren & Philip's handfasted pig roast organic farm wedding with a surprise goat #Real Weddings: Western US#bearded groom#farm#flower crown#long-haired groom#outdoor#rustic wedding#secular#texas#wedding boots Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jul 24 2015) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Megan The Photographer Photos by Megan The Photographer The Offbeat Bride: Lauren, Business Development Technician Her offbeat partner: Philip, Lab Services Technician and Live Audio Engineer Date and location of wedding: Thigh High Gardens in San Marcos, TX — 05/09/2015 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: There wasn't really a set theme to our wedding; it was more like a tribute to all of the amazing people in our lives. Philip and I run in a unique circle of artists, farmers, cooks, and musicians, so I really planned the wedding to incorporate as many local vendors as possible and highlight their abilities. It was an early May wedding, so I wanted it to be as colorful as possible. We had the wedding out on a friend's organic farm, had a husband and wife team slow-roast a whole pig for food, we had local music, local flowers, and a friend of a friend for photography. We danced to country and bluegrass music, drank a whoooole bunch of beer (I don't drink, but my friends sure do!), and had a whole lot of fun. This is my second marriage, and the first wedding I felt like I compromised a lot about what I wanted due to family preferences, so this time I was really determined to make this wedding my own. But it wouldn't have been possible without the help of my friends, family, and our entire community. Related Post How to make your own tassled, loop-braided handfasting cords I made our own tassled, loop-braided handfasting cords. For anyone else interested in making some like this, here’s my documented process, as well as some... Read more Tell us about the ceremony: We did a traditional handfasting using cords that I made from an Offbeat Bride blog post. Each cord represented a vow we would make to each other. Our vows were mostly focused on loving and accepting the whole of each other and recognizing each other as equals. Neither one of us are religious, so we thought that fit us very well. Tell us about your reception: The reception was so fun. The pork was amazing, the cupcakes were phenomenal, and the dancing was constant. The highlights included cutting the cake; when Phil, against my many protests, smashed the cake in my face, I immediately retaliated because I am an adult. I loved our first dance which was full of giggles and a dramatic dip at the end. But the biggest highlight was when I turned around and someone put a baby goat in my arms, who apparently was a world-class nuzzler! What was your most important lesson learned? Take all of the DIY projects you'd like to do and only plan on finishing about half of them. It's really just a time thing. Don't be embarrassed that you're stressed. I feel like our culture wants us to pull off amazing weddings without breaking a sweat. It's okay to want a really nice wedding but have a hard time putting it together. If someone offers to help you, seriously consider taking them up on it. This wedding would have been a nightmare without the help from our friends and family. Set a time before the wedding, between one to two hours beforehand. Let all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen know about it. And when that point comes, all worrying needs to stop. After that, whatever happens, happens, and you can roll with it. It's about letting go and really enjoying yourself on that day. Vendors Venue: Thigh High Gardens Dress: Second Summer Bride Cake: Sugar Shack Bakery Photographer: Megan The Photographer Bands: Lonesome Heroes and Rock Bottom String Band PREVIOUS How your wedding can inspire good relationship habits in your married life NEXT The sky's the limit with these blue wedding shoes Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] I looooooove that hair and using gypsophelia like this! How was this done and how did it stay in? Reply My cousin did a tight bun in the back, a tight braid over the crown, hair sprayed it to death and just stuck them in there! A few fell out over the course of the night, but it was no big. Reply "Don't be embarrassed that you're stressed. I feel like our culture wants us to pull off amazing weddings without breaking a sweat. It's okay to want a really nice wedding but have a hard time putting it together." I LOVE this. Thanks for your honesty. It's really refreshing. Reply Thanks! My friends really did watch me fall apart a little, especially the week leading up to the wedding. It was tough, because I'm a diehard fan of Martha Stewart and Ina Garten, both masters of making the impossible look easy. But it's not only a huge event, but a very emotionally laden event, that would freak anyone out! Reply I fully support surprise kids of the goat variety. I didn't even realize this was missing from my wedding until I read this. Now I wonder why I didn't have goats at my reception. There should always be goats. Reply Every wedding should have a goat. It should be mandatory. Reply I love the cupcakes! Reply Thanks! Reply " the first wedding I felt like I compromised a lot about what I wanted due to family preferences"- This rings SO true for me. Reply The wedding really fit this couple, and the invitations set the stage. I really liked that the ceremony began in daylight and then turned to outdoor garden lighting. It was memorable and unique, with still having some traditional touches. Laid back attitude, and fun! Live music a must have in San Marcos! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour 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.