Let's get soggy with Miranda & Joe's wonderfully woodsy, rainy wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#eloping#mohawk#purple hair#rainy#seattle#short dress#short hair#washington#winter Updated Jan 26 2016 (Posted Feb 17 2015) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Tyler Ray Photos by Tyler Ray The Offbeat Bride: Miranda, Director of Creative Operations Her offbeat partner: Joe, Technology Security Consultant Date and location of wedding: Rattlesnake Ridge, North Bend, WA — January 17, 2015 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We decided over text message to get married in the Seattle area. We were planning on a quick courthouse wedding in Chicago, but I love Seattle and figured I could get a trip out of it. The only guests were our two close friends, Tom and Annelise, and their dog Jacques Cousteau. Tom was also our officiant and planned way more for our wedding than we did — he wrote the entire ceremony, including our vows. In the end, it wasn't like we did it "our way" — we're not the kind of couple to go for a two-hour hike in the rain! — but we did it, and it was memorable. Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony included haikus from Tom and another friend Mac: Joe and Miranda Amazon beasts in the wild Let them run….and buckHis chest hair, her vice It never made her think twice So clean, never liceThe Green Eye bustled Joe’s gaze locked, he gasped It’s totally on (NOTE: The Green Eye is a bar in Chicago where we met.) Our biggest challenge: Our families were extremely supportive of our elopement. Honestly, the hardest thing was walking two miles uphill in my Nike Sky Hi Dunks. My favorite moment: The ceremony, written completely by our friend Tom. And drinking whiskey after the ceremony was over — Annelise brought copper mugs, and we mixed up some bourbon with blood oranges. My funniest moment: My favorite moment was during the ceremony when Tom referenced our habit of backing out of an event last-minute or leaving whenever we feel like it: You’ve lived together, created an amazing house to live in together, found your favorite places, hangouts, and dives in Chicago — your favorite artists, your favorite vacation spots, and your favorite time of the day to say 'forget whatever we’re doing, who we’re with, or what the plans were… we’re going home to spend some time together. Nothing else matters.' You love it, I love it, and everyone around you is so happy to see you so happy together. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Tyler Ray Dress: Cynthia Steffe, purchased at Nordstrom Jewelry: Melinda Maria purchased at Nordstrom Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! PREVIOUS How our friends helped us whittle down our wedding playlist NEXT Capture what photos can't: Track your heart rates on your wedding day Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] I love the puppy pic, lol, sooo cute! Reply The haikus in the ceremony were awesome! And the puppy at the end? SOOOO CUTE! Reply I love this wedding so fucking much!!! I want to take a vacation in this wedding. Reply Your hair… I am envious of your hair. It looks like you stole the mane of a unicorn. I mean that in the absolute best way possible; because unicorns, like your hair, are bad ass. Reply I'd like to THIS this some more! Such cool hair! Reply The fact that her bouquet matches her awesome hair just made my fuggin brain EXPLODE. Reply THIS! I was like hair! flowers! matchy! Ahhh!!! 🙂 This whole wedding is completely awesome. Reply Impressive! But this is not Seattle… this is NORTH BEND! I say this because these folks probably drove right by my house. I live out here for the same reason these people had their wedding here; because it is beautiful–please recognize our tiny town! We exist! 🙂 Reply I recognize it! I'm house hunting in that region right now. But seeing as they're from Chicago, I'm sure all of King County is "Seattle". Or at least, that's how it seems to go. Which is only fair, since I keep running into native western Washingtonians who think the Tri-Cities are right next to Spokane, on the Eastern side of the state. 😉 Reply oh my goodness the haikus!!! Reply So beautiful and mystical…. this wedding has me wishing that my wedding was rainy… Reply Oh my goodness! The last picture with the pup under the blanket might be my favorite wedding picture ever. Too cute! 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.