Emily & Tom's Fourth of July jamboree band wedding #Real Weddings: Northeast US#camping#colored crinoline#mismatched-bridesmaids#mixed-gender wedding party#music#non-floral centerpiece#outdoor#pennsylvania Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jul 4 2011) Offbeat Editors Photos by Van Zandbergen Photography The offbeat bride: Emily, Graphic Designer Her offbeat partner: Tom, Book Editor Location & date of wedding: Tom's parent's property in Brackney, PA (near Binghamton, NY) — July 4, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: Tom's parents throw a big Fourth of July party every year, so when we were planning our summer wedding on their property, it only made sense to make our wedding the big Fourth of July party for the year. When we realized a wedding on this date would equal free fireworks on every anniversary, it was a done deal. My dress was put together in bits and pieces with lots of help from my "Master of Style" (my costume designer friend Sky). Tom wore the kind of outfit his grandfather would have worn to such an event: khaki pants, blue blazer, and red tie. As Tom and I are both musicians and have musically talented friends and family, we decided to create our own wedding band for the reception. A month or two before the wedding we picked some songs and requested that anyone who wanted to be in our "Brackney Ramblers" band show up at noon the day of the wedding. It seemed like everyone wanted in and we were able to create a pretty sweet set. Our musician friends also jazzed up the ceremony. The recorder duet recessional was such a big hit that the crowd demanded an encore. And there were all kinds of fireworks all day. Our biggest challenge: We were throwing a wedding, which by nature is a bit more formal, in a place where many of the guests were used to attending very informal parties. We had to find a way to clearly, yet tactfully, let people know that some things might be a bit different this Fourth of July. For example, we offered the option of camping on the property to out-of-town guests who wanted to save on hotel costs (or just wanted to be around for the late night campfire adventures). But we knew we couldn't let all of the campers have open use of the same showers and bathrooms used by the wedding party. Most of the folks who opted to camp were used to hanging out in Brackney and being able to go wherever they want. I was afraid people were going to hate me or hate our wedding because we couldn't offer them toilets. But as it turns out everyone was cool with it. We were very upfront with the camping guests so no one was surprised. We made sure the Porta-Potties were clean and pleasant and reserved an extra room at the hotel for campers to shower in before the wedding. My favorite moment: My sister-in-law and cousin decked out a tractor with lace, cans, and a "Just Married" sign. At the end of the ceremony, Tom and I ran up the hill to the tractor and drove off. We ended up in a secluded field covered with butterflies! It was the most perfect place to have a moment of peace before heading back down to the madness of the reception. My advice for offbeat brides: Remember that you're planning a party. Every time I started to feel bogged down by details, I reminded myself that we were planning something that was supposed to be fun. Years from now your guests aren't going to remember a dang thing about your favors or napkin colors but they WILL remember having an awesome time. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Bride's dress: Unique Vintage Bride's pettiskirt: Petticoatqueen's eBay store Photographers: Van Zandbergen Photography Flowers: My friend, Daiva Deupree Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! PREVIOUS Gemvara's customizable wedding jewelry is super addictive NEXT Style mavens, fireworks displays, and a bitchin' '80s cake Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] OMG I love this!!! We are having a campground wedding in August so this is right up my alley! Reply Our CAMPING archive may be right up your alley: http://offbeatbride.com/tag/camping Reply This looked like so much fun! Reply That petticoat is so fabulous. I love the idea of camping out before a wedding. 😀 Reply Years from now your guests aren't going to remember a dang thing about your favors or napkin colors but they WILL remember having an awesome time. This is very true, and I keep this in mind all the time when I'm planning a party (or two). Sometimes we end up being so stressed that we forget we're supposed to just have fun! Reply I can't get the petticoat link to work, and I'm so lusting over it! Any help? Reply My guess is that eBay store is probably closed down. While I'm double-checking, here is the search for crinoline petticoats to peruse. Reply Aurora Celeste, this is the right link for the Petticoat Queen: http://www.shop.ebay.com/petticoatqueen/m.html Reply Thanks! Reply I think a July 4th wedding is a great idea. Fireworks are very romantic. I love Emily's dress with the pink ruffles underneath, it adds a lot of flair to the dress. The centerpiece idea with family photos is also a really fabulous idea that makes the wedding extra special. Reply I want to live – wherever it is that this took place. Reply That petticoat is amazing! And I think Fourth of July is great for a wedding. If you live in a big enough town, you'll have free fireworks lighting up the sky for your send off! Reply I love how original and flattering her ruffled wedding gown was. A lot of brides are afraid of color, it's great to see someone using it so effectively! 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! 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