Amanda & Ian's fairy tale Renaissance wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#austin#brown dress#costumes#couples of color#fairytale#mama bride#outdoor#overcoming adversity#renaissance#spring#texas Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jul 26 2012) Offbeat Editors Photos by Jen Sulak of Pink Light Images The offbeat bride: Amanda, Physical Therapy Tech Her offbeat partner: Ian, Nurse Date and location of wedding: Sherwood Forest Renaissance Faire, McDade, Texas — March 31, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I wanted a "fairy tale" wedding, so we held it at the Sherwood Forest Renaissance Faire. We've both enjoyed these events for years, and when the option was raised in planning we both jumped at it. While the venue was provided, the decorations weren't. Almost every item seen in the photos that isn't a structure or an actor was either made or altered in some way by ourselves or our friends. This made the event seem truly personal to us. Our friends and family went all in, from helping with flower arrangements and decorations, to many of our friends hunting down period garb to add to the ambiance. Tell us about the ceremony: The musicians provided by the park were excellent: a flautist and a hammered dulcimer player. I arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. Employees of the faire showed up to mill about the venue and add flavor. We kept our guest list to immediate family and our closest friends. The vows were traditional and short enough that I didn't have time to ruin my makeup with any tears. We were presented as "Lord and Lady" to the congregation, and knights in armor lined the aisle to provide a sword-drawn recessional as we made our exit. Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was a broken leg. You see, we had originally planned a very different wedding. Something much more traditional. A week before that wedding I fell from a low curb and broke my leg. So we cancelled the first wedding. Three months on crutches and two surgeries later, we were ready to get married again. It turned out okay though, because if I hadn't broken my leg, we wouldn't have ended up with the storybook ending that we had. Our challenge let us sit down and think about what we really wanted. My favorite moment: I loved that my son Jon took part in the ceremony as our ring bearer. One of the things we both enjoyed the most was the time after the wedding and reception. We had the opportunity to grab our photographer and a few of our closest friends and go exploring in the renaissance faire. I'll always remember that our first dance was alone under the trees. My funniest moment: Eight bottles of mead were opened for us and ready at the reception. My husband's family doesn't drink. My family doesn't drink mead. We couldn't leave the park with it. It fell to my husband and our small wedding party to… "dispose" of it before nightfall. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The food. We expected sausage on a stick and turkey legs. Fortunately, the chef at the on site restaurant we used heard about the broken leg fiasco and decided any kind of leg might be unwelcome. Instead we had salad with wild flowers, jasmine rice, and chicken stuffed with parmesan and crab. The cake was not what would normally be provided by the faire either, but was instead the chef's own creation. We had no idea what to expect from any of it, but it was some of the best eats either of us ever had. Even now, months later, we still have wistful conversations about that meal. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Be honest with yourself about what you can actually accomplish in the time given. Even with a planner and a load of friends doing the majority of the work, there was a huge amount for us to do. If not for long-suffering friends and family, we would never have gotten it done on time. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? The bride, groom, and son of the bride's garb: Moresca. They were also kind enough to lend us one of their employees on the day to assist the bride in corset wrangling! Photographer: Pink Light Images Videographer: Useless Puppy Hair and makeup: Ulta Salon Florist: Busy Lil' Bee Venue and catering: Sherwood Forest Renaissance Faire Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Pink Light Images PREVIOUS Real life doesn't stop: Top 10 things I've learned from wedding planning NEXT A funky and colorful craft museum wedding Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] What a fun wedding! Thanks for sharing Reply Oh man, I love the Sherwood Forest Faire–we decided to just go there instead of TRF every year because it's closer and frankly, about a thousand times more awesome. Your wedding looked amazing! xoxoxo Reply We feel the same way, while we love TRF we just feel Sherwood is so much more intimate, and to be frank they really took care of us. We never thought we could afford a wedding like this but they gave us a lot of bang for our buck. Everyone did. From the photographer (thanks Jen!) to the faire chef (thanks man who's name I don't know!) everyone went a long way to make sure we had the most special day imaginable. I can't recommend the venue, or our vendors enough. Reply I remember someone saying the guy making the cake was REALLY excited to make more than one tier! LOL!!!! Reply what GOT me the most…was her broken leg! I mean, when they told me the story..i was like WOW REALLY? Getting to know their story was truly a celebration. I don't get many "thank yous", but from these two – I was happy and thrilled to serve them and got the coolest THANK YOU ever. Many congrats you two!!!! Reply Wow! We got engaged at Sherwood the same day you got married there. I remember seeing some of the festivities. So beautiful! Reply I think I remember this! I've been performing music at Sherwood since the very first year, and I am pretty sure I recall seeing y'all out there. Congrats; it looks wonderful! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour 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. 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.