Her offbeat partner: Scott, Electrician and Musician
Location & date of wedding: Hotel Laguna, July 5th 2008 – Laguna Beach, California
What made our wedding offbeat: Our ceremony was incredibly personal. Our reception was more of a dinner party and the whole experience felt intimate and truly sacred. My inspiration was to throw the wedding that Daisy and Gatsby never got to have (that's the English teacher speaking).
I wanted the day to have a vintage charm that you couldn't quite place in any era and I wanted everything to have our personal stamp on it–using pictures from our travels around the world, as well as old family photos. Scott even brought his hobby to the wedding by brewing beer and rootbeer as a favor for our guests (also lending to the “Gatsbyesque” vibe).
Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was realizing that the wedding was not only about us. We are blessed to both have very supportive families, but while they are supportive, they're also very involved. Finding a balance between our vision and theirs, as well as maintaining the intimacy we wanted was a challenge – but we pulled it off.
My favorite moment: I think my favorite moment (aside from the “love trance” I went into during the ceremony), has to be giving Scott his grooms gift. I commissioned a painting by an artist friend of mine depicting myself and all of the pets (including the one that was recently hit by a car) in a circus theme, in Mark Ryden style. He was shocked and moved to tears, and seeing the love and amazement on his face was so much fun!
My offbeat advice: My advice is to get your friends and family involved. You're offbeat & creative, chances are they are too. When someone offers, just say “Yes, thank you!”.
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Click the photo below to see lots of shots from this vintage, Hollywood-style glamorous wedding: