Danielle & Rob's pin-up style-meets-comic books wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#bearded groom#classic car#comic books#geeky#pin-up#retro#superhero#tattooed bride#tattooed groom#washington July 22 2014 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Bouncy Robot Photography It's a bird, it's a plane… it's Offbeat Bride's comic book-clad and caped superhero theme week! Get in the telephone booth and change into your wedding-gawking superhero tights — you're in for crime-fighting fun. Photos by Bouncy Robot Photography The Offbeat Bride: Danielle, skin care retail Her offbeat partner: Rob, warehouse shipping lead Date and location of wedding: Real Life Church, Covington, WA — April 26, 2014 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: When planning the wedding, I wanted to make sure it reflected both of us. Rob has collected comic books since he was a kid and is a super geek. I am an honorary geek and I enjoy learning about his hobbies and interests. I love everything vintage and I especially love 1940s/1950s, so I mushed these two ideas together. It was difficult to explain our "vintage comic book" color scheme. Our groomsmen and bridesmaids wore outfits that reflected this theme as well. I didn't have a wedding planner, but I had 13 months to figure out what I wanted. I wanted to get married in the church that I grew up in, so that was more traditional. Thankfully our parents graciously helped us with financing the wedding so we were able to do a bit more than we would have without them. We used a technical college in the area to do our catering. When searching for options, I was amazed at how expensive wedding catering is! Going the college route allowed us to still stay within the budget and get a great buffet service for about 130 people. We also used a local bakery to do the cake. The prices were lower than most upscale bakeries in the Seattle area. It had a blackberry filling which I felt reflected the Northwest well. I came across our florist while talking to the owner of my favorite coffee stand. Luckily, she was able to get my flowers figured out in less than three weeks (the flowers were something I definitely put off until the last-minute), and she was so helpful in helping me stay in my budget. We used a variety of different flowers in small bud vases so it helped stretch the flowers farther and they looked amazing. I found vintage milk glass bud vases on Craigslist and we put several on each guest table. I did some looking around online and found on eBay a set of 200+ vintage matchbooks, collected around the world. We decided to use those as the favors along with the sparklers we had set up for our grand exit. We also had a variety of candy dishes set up around the tables during the cocktail hour, almost like a little candy bar. We had a photobooth that my sister and I made. There is a comic book about Spider-Man and Mary Jane getting married and we painted the comic book cover on a giant six-foot tall plywood piece with holes cut out for the faces. It was a big success and I felt like it was very unique. And it was a blast painting it with my sister! People were surprised when we told them it was handmade. My sister also helped me design our save-the-dates and our invitations. Our save-the-dates were made like a comic book cover with Rob and me on the cover. Our "getaway" vehicle was something my father surprised us with. An old friend of his is a part of a local vintage car club and he showed up with one of his own to take us to the hotel when we left. I loved not having the traditional limo (although I still have yet to ride in one!). Tell us about the ceremony: We had one of my old childhood friends marry us. He and I grew up together and his wife is now my sister's best friend. He is a youth pastor, but has a very nerdy/quirky side to him. We knew he would be perfect, and we were honored that he was the one to marry us. He made an LED lighted Iron Man heart and wore it under his shirt for the ceremony! We had our officiant do a reading that we found in an Offbeat Bride post: You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will and you will and we will" — those late night talks that included "someday" and "somehow" and "maybe" — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, " You know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word." Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another — acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife. – "Union" from The Beginning to End by Robert Fulghum Our biggest challenge: I have never been a very creative person and the biggest challenge of planning the wedding was figuring out my vision for the decor. I had a lot of help in the craftiness department from my sister Karissa. She was a huge help. Related Post Realizing I can't do it all on the wedding day: A "Type A" bride's crisis I never realized how "Type A" I can be until I started planning a wedding. It's giving me an inordinate amount of stress to know... Read more The time of the rehearsal dinner was probably the most stressful. We had the dinner, then immediately after we set up the church for the wedding which was the next day. I pretty much planned the wedding solo, even Rob didn't know the vision I had. So I found it extremely difficult to guide people on what to do and where to put stuff because I was literally the only one who knew where everything went. I realize now that I should have asked for more help and let more people in on my plans and vision. It definitely would have made the setting up process a lot easier and less stressful. My favorite moment: Rob and I didn't want to have a first look, however my dad and I did. It was great to be able to sneak up behind him and surprise him. I was very excited to show him my dress for the first time. I am the youngest of four daughters, and the last to get married. I knew he would cry and he did. It was very special to share that moment with him before everything started. I was completely relaxed the entire day, up until the moment before I was about to walk down the aisle. I was shaking so badly, my dad had to hold me still while we walked. But all of it faded away when I saw him waiting for me. That was the best feeling I have ever felt. I know it's cheesy, but I honestly felt like everything else faded into the background and I only saw him. My funniest moment: My dad had planned a surprise for his big speech. When it was time for toasts, he was the last to speak. He ended his speech with, "Let's all toast to the happy couple!" Everyone yelled, "TOAST!" and all held up pieces of toast in the air! It was so my dad, and it was adorable and made us laugh. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Have fun with your guests! Because we chose not to do a first look, we had to get our couple pictures done during the cocktail hour, which was sort of a bummer because quite a few people left during this time. But we still got to talk to lots of people, and since we got our pictures out of the way, we were able to drink and dance the night away with our friends and family. That was what was most important to us. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Bouncy Robot Photography Dress: David's Bridal Accessories and bridesmaids dresses: ModCloth Flowers: Theresa Althauser Cake: Creative Cake Designs Catering: Renton Technical College 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 What Dungeons and Dragons taught me about wedding budget frustrations NEXT Tiny back, big rack: How to find wedding undergarments when you're small with huge boobs Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] So many awesome and amusing photos! This wedding looked so fun. I just sat here looking through with a huge grin on my face. Reply Holy SHIT I LOVE your bridesmaid dresses. they're adorable.. Love love love everything about this wedding. <3 Reply http://WWW.MODCLOTH.COM, for reals. They had so many adorable bridesmaidy dresses it was hard to choose Reply I love this wedding! You can feel the love, and the b-maid dresses are so great. Congrats!!! Reply Can I just say you have the most gorgeous skin? And also some bangin' curves? This looked sooo fun. I adore the polka-dotted cake (anything polka-dotted!) and I may have to steal the toasty toast–it could be perfect at our brunch wedding! Congratulations to you both! <3 Reply Thank you! And honestly one of my most anticipated parts of the wedding was my cake, I was so antsy to see it the day of, when she delivered it I had to sneak out to see it! 😉 Reply I had the pleasure of being at this wedding. It was the most unique and fun wedding I had ever been to..it was so Rob and Danielle from the comic book centerpieces on every table to the pin up themed brides maid dresses. Danielle was absolutely beautiful in her retro gown and Rob couldn't keep his eyes off her all night. Thanks for letting me be a part of it and glad you are sharing it with everyone!!! Reply This wedding looks like it was a blast. The sense of humor and personalities of the bride and groom are evident everywhere. Reply What a wedding! What a dame! Where did you find your veil?! It frames your face so well! ::swoon:: Reply Thank you! I found mine on Etsy, the shop is called Flortini Designs. It was just a really simple Russian netting bandeau veil with two bobby pins on each side. And the "POW!" clip I attached I found at a Halloween store 😛 Reply LOVE THIS. I am thinking of a comic-y/nerdy/vintage-y vibe, too! And I have seen your cake inspiration! (it's on my pinterest inspiration board!) I'm in Spokane, WA and always love seeing WA weddings. So weird, I know, but yaaaaay. Also one of your bridesmaids looks soooo familiar. o_o Reply Yes! Vintage/geek weddings FTW! I love it (and not just because I'm biased, as our theme was similar.) Also, your grooms Goku tattoo is amaze-balls. Reply Hehe thanks! He was pretty proud that he got to show of his tattoo. I found a Goku/Chi Chi wedding cake topper that I was reeeeaaally tempted to get 😛 Reply I love your theme of your wedding and the style…. ours is going to be a camouflage meets retro kind of theme… I live in Maple Valley so if you are interested in parting with any of the milk glass vases you talked about I would love a first look 🙂 you are a beautiful bride!! The pic of you and your dad with his first look is priceless!! Thanks for sharing! Reply Quel superbe mariage !!! tout ce que j'aime et plein de bonheur à vous deux Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your 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. 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.