Cowboy hats, a Chinese tea ceremony, a gorgeous red qipao, New York, Texas, wild drunken karaoke, and honoring the parents — this Texas karaoke wedding is everything and more to fill your senses with awe. And maybe make you boggle at all that’s going on. Don’t miss the matching bridesmaid tattoos, handmade paper flowers, and all kinds of book lover details including book cookies!
As a queer person, it was important to me to have a ceremony that reflected our values while avoiding language that was cis- or hetero-centric. Our spiritual and philosophical practices and beliefs include both Christianity and Buddhism, and we both feel strongly about the value of secular institutions. On top of this, our wedding was space-themed! With all these things in mind, we decided to write the gender-neutral space-themed ceremony from scratch.
The theme started out as just “masquerade,” as I’ve always wanted to have or attend a masquerade ball, but as we began to brainstorm ideas, we started working bits of ourselves into the details. My husband and I have a large collection of antiques and oddities, and we ended up incorporating different pieces from our home into each of the centerpieces and the decor. Thus, “The Curious Masquerade” was born. Maps, medical models, scientific instruments, antique candelabras, and other various things all got (carefully!) flora-fied and bedecked.
While I adore the myriad of heartfelt, cute, humorous, serious, and geeky wedding vows I’ve seen all over Offbeat Bride, promises of specific behavior didn’t quite fit the relationship philosophies held by my partner and I. Eventually we decided to write a mission statement for our marriage and expand that into something more poetic in lieu of vows. We wanted something that allowed room for the dynamic changes that naturally happen with individuals and with relationships, something broad and philosophical. We wanted a marriage mission statement.
Want to see what you’d get if you combined a love of sci-fi, handmade costumes derived from characters in Star Trek and Mass Effect, and a movie theater venue? You’d have this theatrical science wedding with awesome visuals, amazing sci-fi readings, and a team of “Squadmates.” Though they may have run into some technical issues at the ceremony, it was all worth it for the groom’s grandmother’s comment: “Weddings keep getting weirder.” Hell yes, they do!
This bride’s bright yellow high-low dress stole the show, especially when paired with her perfectly complementary purple hair. Add in the subway shots, the sunflower details, the awesome NYC park wedding ceremony, Hitchhiker’s Guide reference, and rockin’ dance party (’80s music FTW!), and you’ll be in love. Don’t miss the macaron display!