Betsy & Josh's retro and rock theater wedding

February 27 2013 | offbeatbride
♥ Josh & Betsy ♥
Photos by Josh Finsel & Amber Breiner Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Betsy, expert eyeball slicer and mommy extraordinaire

Her offbeat partner: Josh, warehouse warrior

Date and location of wedding: Roxy Theater in Northampton, PA and the Christian Springs Hotel & Tavern, Nazareth, PA — October 8, 2011

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our priority was to keep our wedding personal, so we had friends and family help with everything that we could. From screen printing our invitations, baking cookies for favors, baking the wedding cake, doing makeup, officiating the ceremony, and even playing music at the reception, our closest and best were involved whenever possible.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

A friend played "Sleepwalk" by the Stray Cats on an authentic Gretch guitar as I walked down the aisle, we cruised to our reception in a 1942 Oldsmobile, and we were introduced into the reception to "Raining Blood" by Slayer.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

Our entire spread of food was homemade by friends, and we set up the renovated barn that hosted the reception like a lounge with vintage furniture and a photo booth with mustaches, monocles, and other goodies for our guests to pose with. The photos were then placed into our guestbook, where guests signed their well wishes on pages from an old copy of Gone With the Wind.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony took place on the stage of an art deco theater, Roxy Theater, in the town where Josh and I grew up. Our friends and family sat in the theater seats and watched us take our vows on a stage that hosted Vaudeville acts, as well as John Belushi, KISS, and Billy Joel. The ceremony, written by Josh and I, was officiated by one of our closest friends and included a reading by our maid of honor. Our daughter stood just behind us the whole time.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

Our biggest challenge: Admittedly, being the complete control freak and perfectionist that I am, one of my biggest struggles was finding a way to let go of the reins and accept that things were going to go differently than we expected. Truthfully, I'm not sure that I would have been able to overcome any of that without reminders from Josh, my mom, and some great friends. In the end, a ton of stuff didn't go as planned but we still had an amazing day and a ton of fun.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

My favorite moment: Since we already had a jump-start on having a family, some of the most meaningful moments included having our daughter, Emma, there to share the day with us and watch her parents promise to love each other for her life and ours.

During our ceremony, we also took the time to remember some of our friends and loved ones who we wished were there to share our day including Josh's father, my brother, as well as grandparents, and some of our closest friends.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? I was convinced that baking hundreds of cookies for our favors was impossible. In the end, mom, aunts, friends, and grandparents all took part in making their favorite cookies which ended up being the perfect snack after a night of dancing and open bar.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

Also, two days before the wedding we got the unfortunate news that our DJ had to cancel. Luckily, we have some really great friends who worked their asses off to make sure that our reception was still a great time. They ended up hooking up mp3 players to play a bunch of awesome music that our guests danced to all night.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? As lame and cheesy as it sounds, the most important lesson was definitely that the best things in life truly are free. Despite all of the money that we put into making sure that our wedding was fun, the things that we treasure the most are the memories of how wonderful it was be surrounded by the people that we care about most while we celebrated our love for each other.

♥ Josh & Betsy ♥

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

  1. What a great, fun wedding! I love the bride's dress and how personal everything was. The photo of the two of you with your daughter on the porch is just lovely. Thanks for sharing your wedding!

    3 agree
  2. I had the honor of attending this gorgeous wedding. It was the most creative and unique wedding I have ever been to! Betsy put her heart into every aspect of the beautiful day.

    1 agrees
  3. Ah! This is some lovely inspiration! We're working on planning a movie theater wedding, with a "backyard" reception. This is all so pretty. Love the colors and the details!

  4. A wedding in a theater, what a perfect idea. How come no one else has thought about that before? The stage is nicely elevated so your guests can sit in the (already available) seats and all have a perfect view of the show.


  5. I love these picures and ideas for off beat weddings!! Thank you for sharing your day with us,and for the ideas. Does anyone know if this dress is still available anywhere?

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.