Kendra & Blake's Rock & Roll Revival, Post-Elopement Party #Real Weddings: Southern US#atlanta#brides in glasses#buddhist#concert venue#converse#eloping#georgia#getting weddinged#headpiece#musicians#rock 'n' roll wedding#rock your wedding#winter May 11 2009 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride The Offbeat Bride: Kendra Bentle, Branding and Design Writer and OBTer SheHim Her Offbeat Partner: Blake Rainey, Musician Location & date of wedding: The EARL, music venue and bar, Atlanta, GA — 1/11/09 What made our wedding offbeat: Blake and I met on-stage at an Atlanta music venue called The EARL during an event aptly named "The Happenstance." It's kind of like the 48-hour film festival, but for musicians. Blake pulled my name out of a hat to play with him, we wrote and performed music together that night, and have been inseparable ever since. The rocking invitations We got married in a tiny ceremony in New Orleans in August of 2008, then decided that we needed to share the celebration with all of our friends and family, too. So, in January of 2009, we threw a giant party at the EARL, and got back on the club's stage together to get married, again. We had a blast, and DIY'd nearly every single bit of it. Our friend Goldman did the honors (he's a Buddhist Priest and internet reverend, as well as a kick-ass guitar player who plays in two of the four bands we asked to serenade the crowd.) My dress, headpiece, engagement ring, and our wedding rings all came from etsy. Invitations were designed by classic printmaker Hatch Show Print in Nashville. They looked like rock posters. Blake's band, The Young Antiques, played, as well as three other Atlanta bands we love. A friend DJ'd between sets. My best friend built a makeshift photobooth and snapped 400 amazing pictures of our friends and family. Another good friend took candid shots the entire night. We served food from our favorite Mediterranean restaurant, cupcakes from a local bakery, and made our own canning jar centerpieces. Finally, to cap off the night, Blake and I did a rendition of The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York." There's nothing like calling your new husband (jokingly, of course) a "bum and a punk" on stage, in front of your brand new in-laws. Our biggest challenge: Blake's family is very religious, and we weren't sure they would consent to attending a wedding in a rock club and bar. But, after some debate and reassurance from us and my family, nearly every aunt, uncle & cousin showed up, including his 85-year-old grandparents. Everyone had an incredible time. We were thrilled, and so thankful that they came. Do I need to even mention how much I love this dress? Other than that, I've got to say that nothing went wrong or was even all that stressful. We were lucky. My favorite moment: There's two: When I got offstage after singing The Pogues duet with Blake, my mother ran up to me excitedly and said, "I didn't know you could DO that! That was AWESOME!" On stage, during the ceremony, Goldman read a gorgeous passage by Rumi, then mentioned to the crowd that we were already married. He then proceeded to re-ask us if we'd take each others' hands in marriage. Instead of "I do" we both said "We DID!" My advice for other offbeat brides: Group photo booth shot. Freaking out (about anything) is totally unnecessary. Why? Because things are going to happen the way they will happen. My best advice for curbing worries of any kind is to do what we did: Ask your very willing and very talented friends to perform simple tasks that are related to their very talentedness, and then trust them to do their jobs. That's it. That tactic turned out perfectly for us. We didn't raise our blood pressures a single point, and ended up with a fantastic, eclectic, personal night of great music, food and fun. An Oreo f-ing cupcake. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?: Dress: Jane BonBon @ etsy Feather Headband: Vie Moderne @ etsy Titanium Wedding Bands: Shade Jewelry @ etsy Food: Mediterranean Grill, Atlanta (SO inexpensive and ridiculously tasty) Cupcakes: Atlanta Cupcake Factory (the nicest bakers in the South, as far as I'm concerned!) Enough talk — Click on the photo below to see more photos from this post-elopement rock concert: 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 Bridesmaids with fans and purple veils NEXT Severina & Seraphim Seattle handfasting Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] That looks like so much fun! And I LOVE that dress! Reply Yay, an Atlanta wedding!! The Earl! The Mediterranean Grill! The Young Antiques! What's not to love? You guys look like you had so much fun on stage. Congrats!! 🙂 Reply Love it so much! Seriously, tears in my eyes over this one. If only I and my hubby were so talented! Reply Ooooh!! A Jane BonBon dress! I recognized it instantly! My own dress for my wedding in 12 days was also made by Jane BonBon – she's fantastically brilliantly talented… Reply feather headband link is wrong: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5985631 Reply We eloped, too! Great story, Kendra! Reply this is awesome!! I love the Earl, it's one of my favorite bars. what a great place for a wedding. Reply The photobooth is hilareous! love it! Reply We hung your poster on our office wall! What an amazing wedding! A testiment to your creativity, for sure. Reply what passage from Rumi did you use? Reply Check it ouuut!!! I did some digging and i found that same dress for sale xD http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13991024&ref=sr_gallery_21&&ga_search_query=wedding+dress&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=15&includes%5B%5D=tags&includes%5B%5D=title Reply This looks fantastic! I had just had the idea of incorporating concert-style posters the other day, SO cool to see it!! Reply I LOVE IT!! We're planning our quickie Vegas wedding now, and planning on throwing a big party–your story is an awesome inspiration! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your 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. 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. 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