Kris & Ben's B-boy, pin-up, beach party wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#beach#california#economical wedding#santa cruz#simple wedding#small wedding#tattooed bride#wedding weekend#winter February 22 2011 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Summer days have drifted away, but, oh, Day 2 of Beach Week and this rockabilly-meets-hip-hop wedding might just bring them back. Tell me more! -Becca The offbeat bride: Kris Her offbeat partner: Ben Location & date of wedding: La Salva Beach, Santa Cruz, CA — January 27, 2010 What made our wedding offbeat: Our families are traditional and WE ARE NOT! So we decided to have two weddings: a "friend wedding" and later a "family wedding." This is our "friend wedding," the one where we let our personalities shine. We rented a HUGE house on the beach and had most of our guests stay with us at the house for three days. It was very relaxing and a great time with great friends. Tell us about the ceremony: It was only five minutes. Our whole wedding party walked along the beach until we found the perfect spot. Then we called everyone over to us instead of "walking down an aisle." Our biggest challenge: Choosing our SMALL guest list. My favorite moment: We had our best friend become a deputy so he could marry us. He surprised us with "This is the part when I would usually ask if anyone has any objection to this union, but I'm not asking that. If you object, you can kiss my ass 'cause Ben and Kris are perfect for each other!" Everyone cheered and it made us feel surrounded by love! My funniest moment: The whole wedding and reception was funny! During our wedding kiss, our friends surprised us by throwing confetti on us! My advice for offbeat brides: Involve your friends! It will make things fun, cheap and more meaningful! What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Focus on love instead of items. 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 Sueños Tulum: the venue that made me wish I'd had a destination wedding (or at least a tropical honeymoon) NEXT Delicious, vintage-style NOLA, French Quarter wedding Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Simple & sweet! LOVE IT! And the pictures rock! Great pics!!! <3 Reply Where oh where is that fabulous dress from? 5 agree Reply I love the words of "if you object you can kiss my a** " and love the guys outfits! The women looked great as well. Congrats and great idea to have two weddings one for friends and one for family. 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.