Anna & Charles' intimate vegan ice skating wedding #Real Weddings: Global#courthouse#france#kilts#origami#short dress#small wedding#vegan#winter October 3 2013 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Lindsey Kent Photos by Lindsey Kent The Offbeat Bride: Anna, OECD assistant Her offbeat partner: Charles, musician Date and location of wedding: Paris, France — December 15, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Because we planned our wedding in four months, we used our time to focus only on what was important to us: vegan food, happy guests, and something fun to do. We had a civil ceremony with our guests, and then went ice skating in the Grand Palais. Charlie loves winter and snow, so we tried to set a wintry mood, using white handles in the shape of trees, snowflake cutouts, and low lighting on the table. Then I decided that I absolutely had to make 1000 cranes, so three months before the wedding, I started making cranes using shiny silver and red paper. These were hung up all around the reception room. Tell us about the ceremony: For the official ceremony, we went to our local Mairie (townhouse) and got married in the same room that my in-laws got married in thirty-odd years ago. At the evening reception, we took a moment before the meal to say some things to each other. Charlie sang a song he had written two days earlier in a frenzy of inspiration. We didn't say traditional vows, nor were they in a traditional format. They were more like speeches mixed with vows. Although I didn't cry at the morning ceremony, my knees shook and I blubbered the whole way through my speech. We stood on a platform together and did a ring exchange with the words "to celebrate our love, to celebrate our commitment." I really wanted to do a big first kiss, but we didn't want an officiant of any sort because it seemed unnecessary to us. So after the ring exchange, Charlie simply declared "You may now kiss me!" My favorite moment: The most meaningful moment of the wedding for me was Charlie's speech. As somebody who has witnessed bad marriages in his family, and who was very happy being in a civil partnership with me, he probably at first agreed to get married more to make me happy than because he desired it. However, as the wedding drew nearer, he really took the time to reflect on what marriage meant to us, and managed to explain in beautiful, simple words that our wedding was a moment in which to reflect on our relationship, and to share that moment with our nearest and dearest. Just the other day, he said something even more meaningful about our wedding marking a turning point in our relationship. He realised that day, when we were saying our vows, that we could always trust each other and that we would always support each other to achieve our dreams. So I would say that the best moment of my wedding happened almost nine months after the event! My funniest moment: French administrators can be rather humourless. After enduring a seemingly never-ending speech full of quotations of laws, we were finally asked if we consented to the marriage. In French, the equivalent of "I do" is simply "Oui." The Maire asked me to consent first, and I replied "Oui." Then he asked Charlie, who replied with a big grin "Absolutely!" Everybody in the room cracked up, though the marriage wasn't legally binding until Charlie actually pronounced the word "Oui." Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Lindsey Kent Bride's shoes: Irregular Choice 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 I thought I was friendless: how my wedding put social anxieties into perspective NEXT Join two families with flowers Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] Your wedding looks beautiful. This brought a tear to my eye: "He realised that day, when we were saying our vows, that we could always trust each other and that we would always support each other to achieve our dreams." I keep thinking, and saying to my fiance: "We are on the same team!" which is funny to have that feeling, we've been together for 6-7 years already, but something about getting engaged and planning a wedding just makes me feel really rock-solid. 🙂 2 agree Reply You guys are ADORABLE. Congratulations! Reply You're wedding is so beautiful – that ice rink is the prettiest I've EVER seen! Also – super cute shoes 🙂 Reply I'm really interested in details about that cake. Does it have chocolate icing or is it just cake? I'm intrigued by the idea of an icingless cake Reply Hello! The cake is frosting with vegan buttercream frosting. Neither of us likes marzipan icing so we flat out refused it for the cake (even if we had to trade the traditional white colour for a decadent chocolate colour!). Reply Thanks for posting our wedding and for all the lovely comments! It took me a while, but I just remembered that I would like to post our wedding video as it was made 100% by my husband (video and song). I'm rather proud of it and I hope all you offbeaters enjoy it! Reply CUUUUUTE! Reply I wish the rinks around my area were this pretty. 🙁 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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.