The sweetest vintage country queer wedding you'll see today #Real Weddings: Midwest US#barn#bride in pants#brides in glasses#lesbian weddings#LGBTQ#minnesota#outdoor#plus size#queer#short hair#tattooed bride Posted Mar 1 2016 Offbeat Editors Photos by: Sasha Landskov Sasha Landskov The Offbeat Bride: Trisha Her offbeat partner: Tina, Ship's Officer Date and location of wedding: Larson's Barn in McGregor, MN — October 17, 2015 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We had kind of a vintage country harvest theme. We really wanted to highlight the season and the beautiful setting of a small lake in northern Minnesota. We didn't want it to feel too stuffy, and it was important to each of us to incorporate some of our family traditions. Trisha is Minnesota born and raised; Tina is an Italian French Canadian. The barn we rented is usually used for polka dances. We decorated it with vintage lace, old antlers we'd collected, lots of twinkle lights and candles, and hand-picked dried flowers and fall foliage. We DIYed our corsages, boutonnieres, favors, and table numbers. Tell us about the ceremony: An old friend of Trisha's performed our ceremony. Instead of a traditional ring exchange, we had a beautiful handfasting. Tina's mom did a reading to explain the ritual and her long-time best friend and best man, Andy, bound our hands with cords we'd braided while we were apart (Tina works on freighters on the Great Lakes and is away for a few months at a time). Tina's sister Lisa read an anonymous romantic quote to start the ceremony, and Trisha's brother Jansen closed with an old Apache creed borrowed from their parents' wedding ceremony. Tina had written her vows months in advance, and managed to keep them hidden from Trisha until the last moment. In true form, Trisha waited until the night before the wedding to write hers. They included the line "I promise to be truthful in all things — even shoe shopping." It was all kind of traditional and kind of silly and absolutely perfect. Tell us about your reception: We started the reception with a grand march to the theme song from "Game of Thrones," and our DJ surprised us by mashing it up with "TNT" by AC/DC. (Get it?) Instead of a guest book, we asked folks to write notes on vintage postcards and leave them in a mailbox Trisha's mom had decopauged. For favors, we gave guests homemade jams and hand-embroidered hankies with cute sayings like "best day ever." For dinner, we had a pizza buffet. Tina found a great traveling wood-fired pizza truck. Up in that part of Minnesota, the options for catering are pretty limited, so this was an incredible discovery, especially since it fit into our tight budget. We'd found a cake-maker at our local farmer's market and had a very simple chocolate-mocha cake with vanilla buttercream, which we decorated with fresh rosemary from our garden and a custom-made bear-and-unicorn cake topper from Etsy. Tina's dad surprised us with an amazing toast — we had no idea he was such a gifted public speaker — and Trisha's maid of awesome, Amy, cracked us all up with a killer game of "Never Have I Ever" in which she highlighted each of our proudest moments and our epic love story. After pizza and speeches, there was lots of drinking and dancing. Trisha serenaded Tina with "At Last" shortly after dinner. There was a tender first dance, a father/daughter dance, and a dollar dance, and then just lots more dancing and keeping warm at the bonfire out behind the barn. What was your most important lesson learned? Trisha learned to chill the F out. Tina learned that you can do it [yourself] if you put your back into it. Trisha spent months having anxiety about having too much anxiety on the big day. We were all shocked when she was the coolest cucumber in the entire wedding entourage. Basically, we learned that the little stuff really doesn't matter all that much. It was truly a lesson in how to let go and enjoy a special thing while it's happening. Also, when folks tell you to stop and savor the special moments, listen to them. It's really true — the day flies by and memories get blurry. We were both so touched by the people who traveled from all over to celebrate with us and from the huge amount of love and support our families and dearest friends gave to us. Vendors Photographer: Sasha Landskov Dress: David's Bridal Venue: Larson's Barn Cake Topper: Melabo Wed Tina's Suit: Starz Men's Shops Pizza: Log Home Wood Fired Pizza Cake: Nelly Belly's Sweet Shop PREVIOUS How to deal when friends and family don't support your wedding NEXT OPEN THREAD: What do wedding vendors really think of feedback? Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] Congratulations! It looks like it was a lot of fun. I wish you a long, healthy and happy marriage. Reply This wedding made me so happy- so much joy coming from the pictures! Congrats and happy marriage! Reply That "Happily Ever After Starts Here" lettering above you both in the barn is probably one of my favorite wedding touches ever! Reply That first look, though… Don't mind me, just tearing up at my desk over here. Reply Awwww, thank you for the sweet comments and for featuring us! We truly could not have hoped for a more perfect day. Reply Funny face photo = makes me smile. Reply Tina looks fly as F. Trisha, you look gorgeous. Congrats on your beautiful marriage and Pintrest worthy wedding Reply Trisha and Tina forgot to mention how adorable the shower was too! Both families really put themselves into the events. The buttermints that they served were soo God, they haunt me. I am very lucky to have been invited. Reply I am very curious- what is a dollar dance? Reply People line up and pay a dollar (or more) to dance with the newlyweds! Reply Huh, nice. I like it. Reply Wow! Such a lovely wedding full of fun and love the "Happy Ever After Starts Here" sign. 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.