The Offbeat Bride: Suzanne, Customer Care Specialist
Her offbeat partner: Tim, Business Analyst
Date and location of wedding: Hunters Valley Winery, Liverpool PA — June 8, 2013
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Because my husband proposed when we were both dressed as Doctor Who characters (he was Captain Jack Harkness and I was Oswin Oswald), we had a lot of Doctor Who references at our wedding. Our colors were TARDIS blue and silver, my shoes had blue bowties (because bowties are cool), and my husband’s cufflinks had Gallifreyan script.
We have a tradition at home that when we open wine with friends, we write the date and the names of everyone present on the cork. I thought since the wedding was at a winery, using this as a guest book would be a great idea. We’ll display the corks at home in a shadowbox with one of the wedding photos.
Tell us about the ceremony: Our vows to each other:
I, Suzanne, promise you, Timothy, that I will stand by you in sunshine and in storm, in darkness and in light, through good times and bad. Will you accept me as your wife?
The poem my sister-in-law read was by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The poem is entitled, “We Two”:
We two make home of any place we go;
We two find joy in any kind of weather;
Or if the earth is clothed in bloom or snow,
If Summer days invite or bleak winds blow,
What matters it if we two are together?
We two, we two, we make our world, our weather.
We two make banquets of the plainest fare;
In every cup we find the thrill of pleasure;
We hide with wreaths the furrowed brow of care
And win to smiles the set lips of despair.
For us life always moves with lilting measure;
We two, we two, we make our world, our pleasure.
We two find youth renewed with every dawn;
Each day holds something of an unknown glory.
We waste no thought on grief or pleasure gone;
Tricked out like Hope, Time leads us on and on,
And thrums upon his harp new song or story.
We two, we two, we find the paths of glory.
We two make heaven here on this little earth;
We do not need to wait for realms eternal.
We know the use of tears, know sorrow’s worth,
And pain for us is always love’s rebirth.
Our paths lead closely by the paths supernal;
We two, we two, we live in love eternal.
Our biggest challenge: It was a bit of a challenge getting some quiet time while I was getting ready. Family kept stopping at the house where I was dressing. Once my Aunt Ann finished my hair and got changed herself, she handled the whole situation for me by leaving and having everyone else follow her up the hill.
Another challenge presented itself later. Because we didn’t have ushers, people didn’t figure out that we wanted them to walk from the ceremony to the reception (which were less than 30 yards apart). We ended up having a receiving line, which wasn’t our intent, and which cut into photo time.
My funniest moment: One of the funniest moments was when my friend James, dressed as the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, did the Drunken Giraffe on the dance floor, just like the Doctor does at the wedding in the episode “The Big Bang.”
My favorite moment: I loved walking down the aisle with my dad, Tim saying his vows to me, and the quiet moments of connection between me and Tim during our photo shoot. But one that sticks out to me is when I was handed a tambourine during the reception and danced with it. I realized that I was having a great time with all my family and friends, and no one was judging anything. I felt very blessed to have a partner, family, and friends who all love and accept me for me.
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Dress: David’s Bridal
- Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse
- Reception dress and shoes: ModCloth
- Flowers: Royers.com
- Venue: Hunters Valley Winery
- Photography: Captured Moments by Jennifer
- Cake: Psycho Cupcakes
- Cake topper couple: Amazon
- Cake topper TARDIS: Amazon
- Dance Lessons: Arthur Murray Lemoyne
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!