The offbeat bride: Maya, Musician/artist/massage therapy student

Her offbeat partner: Adam, computer engineer

Location & date of wedding: Austin Museum of Art, in the community room — 8/8/09

What made our wedding offbeat: I'm new in Austin and Adam also has friends all over the country, so people flew in from everywhere to join us. We had to have a cool party, but on a budget. The community room at the Austin Museum of Art was a perfect little chapel for us! And it fit the “Starry Starry Night” theme we were going with! Adam and I are both sky/astronomy geeks (his first gift to me was a high-powered telescope, because he wanted me to have the stars).



I handmade the invites, blue and gold and arty stars. Our ceremony Backdrop was a mural we painted together. The groom's one request for the party? “LASERS.” (Love him.) Adam's brother/best man works at the US embassy in Uganda and presented us with an African fertility statue during his speech. He also had the guys' jackets made by a tailor in Uganda. The minister was one of my best friends from NYC who's a poet and got ordained just for us and ROCKED it.

Love the mis-matched bridesmaids with their blue hair pieces.

The bridesmaids were given the color midnight blue and told to do their own thing entirely with dresses. We had a “Starfairy” instead of a flowergirl, complete with wings. Cross-cultural nods in the ceremony: We jumped the broom AND broke a glass. Also, I used to DJ, so it was important to me to be in charge of music. I put together the playlists ahead of time and we plugged a laptop in to the soundsystem. I didn't leave the dance floor all night!

Dancing among the stars

Our biggest challenge: Aside from money (even on a budget, its still hard to swallow spending so much on a party)…

The guestbook.
The guestbook.

All my bridesmaids and my minister flew in from NYC. Nobody in NYC drives, really, and I didn't take into consideration how much driving around and chauffeuring I was going to end up doing. Between airport and hotel runs and trying to figure out how and where to entertain everyone in such a short window of time with not much energy or sanity left by the time they got here — it was overwhelming and frustrating.

It was a sweet wonderful blessing to have my friends with me, but I would have planned out the logistics of that much differently given the chance to do it again.

So many cool things in this photo: blue hair, ribbons, beautiful tatt, cool gloves & hair flower.

My favorite moment: The whole thing was unbelievable. You can see in the photos where it looks like i'm holding my breath because of all the gasping I was doing that day.

6th street

But the most unbelievable moment came right after the ceremony which ended around 6:45pm. Adam and I were walking with the photographer from the museum to the capitol building for some pictures, and as we crossed the street we saw over downtown, seemingly right over the museum where our ceremony just took place, a RAINBOW. At this point Austin had been in the middle of a drought that lasted the whole summer so there hadn't been any rain.

Capitol Love

My offbeat advice: Even if you are planning something different or simple or low budget, be sure that you are planning. And whatever you are wearing, know what it is well in advance. The most common wedding anxiety dreams, that both my husband and I were having, had to do with whatever part of our wardrobes hadn't been sorted out yet.

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Photographer: Tanya Saenz


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Comments on Maya & Adam’s “Starry Starry Night” wedding

  1. Echoing Brigitta–the dress is scrumptious! And so perfect for the beautiful bride.

  2. What a great wedding! I love how you carried out your theme. Your dress is indeed beautiful but I think my favorite part is the stars in your hair!

  3. This looks so awesome and you two look soooo happy together! I love the Starry night theme and am doing something similar with my wedding.

  4. I absolutely love your guest book idea. It's so different, and something I've never seen before! And AMOA would be such a beautiful place to have a wedding. I love it there.


  5. What a beautiful wedding! I love your concept and the dress and the colors! Wonderful job!

  6. maya! you look so beautiful! joy and i are so happy to see you so happy!! we come to texas often (houston), but would love to detour to check you out. looking at those wonderful pictures, i couldn t help but wonder what the soundtrack was like? who dj'd? what song did you dance the first dance to? i m thinkin there must have been some prince , perhaps a little tina marie….

  7. What a lovely wedding! I love the theme! I'm also delighted to see someone else doing what I plan to do with the bridesmaids' dresses–I haven't decided on a color, but since my bridesmaids are all different shapes and sizes, I want them to be able to get dresses that will flatter them individually, not to mention ones they can wear again. I can see how lovely it looks with your bridesmaids, especially with the matching accessories and flowers.

  8. <3
    thanks guys!
    still starry eyed and glowing over here~
    honored to be able to share in this excellent forum 🙂

  9. GORGEOUS!! I love you both and the pictures are amazing. Congrats all over again! 🙂

  10. Woot Austin! I love love love your dress. And the tats! And the cake… And, er, everything. Congratulations!

  11. Beautiful, unique idea. Honestly, I have been on Offbeat Bride before, but I guess I didn’t spend enough time here because these weddings.. seriously out of the park.

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