Alex & Mark's Mexi-Kitchy-Chic-Forest-Wonderland Wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#best woman#california#couples of color#dia de los muertos#eco-friendly#forest#mantilla veil#mexico#mismatched-bridesmaids#santa cruz#tattooed bride#train July 28 2009 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin You've seen this wedding before when Ariel raved about the "best woman's" amazing outfit. Now get the entire scoop on my friend Alex's beautiful offbeat redwood forest wedding that I was lucky to attend. The Offbeat Bride: Alex- Community Manager Her Offbeat Partner: Mark- Restaurant Manager Location & date of wedding: Nestldown, Los Gatos CA (aka Paradise) — June 25, 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: Mark and I wanted to make this wedding as much about our personality and love as possible. We had a close friend become ordained in order to marry us. She did an unforgettable job! El Catrin / La Novia. The top tier of thier cupcake tower was a big Rice Krispie treat! Mark's family is 1/2 Mexican so we went with our favorite images found in non-traditional folklore. We did a twisted photo shoot in Mexican wrestling masks for our wrestler center pieces. We incorporated a fairy tale background and spiced it up with Day of the Dead brick-a-brack and wedding favors intended to be repurposed as take home art pieces. We kept it "green" in as many places that budget allowed, we sent everyone home with a tree to plant and didn't waste money on things we felt would be thrown away after the event. Our musician and good friend played a Deftones (one of our favorite bands) song on a ukulele as I walked down the isle. I was supposed to launch my bouquet out of an air gun but it broke! We rode into the cocktail hour on a miniature train and out of the ceremony in a vintage English taxi. The wedding party arriving via train! The bridesmaids all wore different dresses and wore corsages instead of holding bouquets. These guys played the guests away from the ceremony to the reception. Our biggest challenge: Understanding how to balance the endless planning and multiple personalities involved in a wedding. Not sweating the small stuff, realizing who you can and can't lean on for much needed support! And never taking others actions to personally! My favorite moment: Wow..I have to pick just one? Well I loved peoples reactions to the location and I loved "The Kiss!" My advice for other offbeat brides: Be as clear as you possibly can with your vision. Be courteous to everyone, but be firm with your desires. Be available and let those helping you constantly know how much you appreciate them. LOVE the look on the bridesmaid's face in this. If you are wondering if you should include an element into you wedding but can't afford it… don't be afraid to call on friends to help, even a long lost one! Pick your battles wisely, don't over stress yourself out. And lastly the day-of — take a deep breath (and a Xanax), remember to smile and enjoy yourself because it will be over in the blink of an eye! Care to share a few vendors/links?: Caterer- Karen Major, Poetry in Motion Cupcakes- Randal St Clair, Sugar Daddies, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cupcakes, Cookies, and Puddings for any event or theme Jewlrey- Serifos, Ask for Donna Musician- Brandt Shandera, email@example.com Officiant – Verna Fawcett, firstname.lastname@example.org Photographer- Geoff L. Johnson Stylist- Tommy Sullins, email@example.com Location- Nestledown 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 Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Smoking hot groom in a Manuel jacket NEXT How to make a kick-ass floral head wreath Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] I love the idea of the seperate table for the B&G. I plan on doing this at my wedding. Reply This wedding looked like a blast. Anything that has to do with Dia de los Muertos must be big fun. What a kiss! Reply love it love it love it 🙂 looks like fun! Reply Geoff, you did a great job on the pics. Now, that's what I call "out of the box"!! Reply thanks amy! if only all weddings could be like alex and mark's… one can dream… Reply This is just the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen! And the photo's are s@*t hot!! Congrats x Reply holy awesomeness batman. your centerpieces were fabulous! how adorably wonderful were those little luchadores? Reply Geoff — the photos look amazing! What a perfect wedding for you to shoot! Reply That cupcake display looks like a Klimt painting. AMAZING. Lovely energy coming fromt his wedding, wish you guys the best, you looked beautiful! Reply What an amazing location for the ceremony!! Looks beautiful! Reply Alex's ink looks AMAZING in that dress. Gosh…I do love inked brides 🙂 Reply LOVE those ring centerpieces! Do you have any instructions or links to how to make them? My fiance is a BIG wrestling fan and I want to incorporate it somewhere special in the decor. 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. 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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