The offbeat bride: Alex
Her offbeat partner: Jim
Location & date of wedding: Ceremony was in his dad's beautiful backyard and the reception was at the K of C hall, St. Clair County Michigan — September 18th 2010
What made our wedding offbeat: We got away with a lot on a little budget. The bridesmaids' dresses were perfect, dirt cheap, and re-wearable. We'll wear the shoes and the jewelry again. We're even decorating our place with the decorations from the wedding. I mean, you get your hands on that much film, you can't just let it go to waste.
I got my chest piece a few months before the wedding so it would go with the theme. (I was already planning on getting the same thing before we were engaged.)
I got pink hair, because, hey, pink hair is great, I've wanted it for a while, and what better time to do it?
The photographers were friends and gave us out of this world deals. We got two wonderful photographers for way under what we could have got for just one person and we had photographers who knew us taking our pictures on the most important day of our life.
Tell us about the ceremony: Jim's cousin presided and we had two beautiful readings from the heart.
Our fantastic bridal party danced down the aisle to Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John.
My whole life I'd been talking about having The Throne Room song from Star Wars play while I walked down the aisle … but a couple friends decided that this was no good, so we walked back to that song during the recessional instead. When it came on, I laughed so hard I was almost crying. The timing was perfect.
Our biggest challenge: There was the ever present “You're way too young to be getting married.” I'm nineteen; he's twenty-three. We're the exact same age distance as my parents, so they don't care.
We mostly got that from people who weren't even invited/we didn't know. We'd been together for over five years prior, so the people that mattered knew and weren't worried.
I always responded with “Well, my Grandma got married at seventeen and my mom got married at eighteen … so I figure I'm pretty old for my family's standards — gotta get a move on.”
We also had my Grandpa tell us he was paying for the wedding in full, and then have a change of heart (probably after he saw our wedding invite of cartoon likeness of us on the hood of a 1950s sedan surrounded by evil hearts!).
But we got through it. Everyone was great and helpful and it made our day perfect.
My favorite moment: We had Jim's cousin preside over the ceremony and we had a very close friend of ours, and my uncle do readings of their own during the ceremony so those things were very special. So was the fact that both my parents walked me down the aisle. They're both my best friends.
Jim would say his favorite/most meaningful moment was when I got the balls to go up on stage and sing to him. I had been planning that the entire engagement and he never knew. I got his brother and two friends to play the music to Candy by Candye Kane (originally done by Big Maybelle). It's one of my favorite songs of all time by my favorite female vocalist. Singing solos in front of large groups of people has always scared me. I just can't do it, but I did it that day and he loved every minute of it. I still don't think I sounded very good but that's okay.
My funniest moment: I didn't want any flowers at all at the wedding — what I did want was popcorn. Lots of popcorn. Popcorn balls shaped like flowers. We made them and set them and they looked good — funky and like a two-year-old made them, but good.
About ten to fifteen minutes before the ceremony started, they started falling apart. My bridesmaids were spraying those suckers with hairspray, pining them, gluing them and nothing was working, but somehow mine was okay. So I said, “Just bunch yours into popcorn balls and shove them onto the base of the bouquet. It'll look bad but people will know it's popcorn.”
Halfway through the ceremony one of my flowers just plopped right onto the ground in front of me and I just started laughing. I thought it would make me crazy, but at that point all that mattered was marrying my soul mate.
Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The mother in law. We've had a sort of rough past. But she was a God-send during the whole thing. She held the bridal shower at her house and pretty much paid for everything with the help of one of her many siblings who I'd only met a handful of times.
She helped so much … it was just really touching. And ever since then we've been great. After five years we're finally getting along great and she's told me she's glad to have me as a daughter in law.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Many many things didn't pan out the way I'd wanted, but one thing stayed the same from start to finish. I married my best friend. That's the most important thing. Everything else is just small stuff. After a while I just stopped freaking out when little things happened, took a deep breath, looked at the little half smile I was getting from the man I was about to marry, and everything else just faded away. Just remember the love and nothing else will matter.
Enough talk — show me the wedding inspo!
Comments on Alex & Jim’s Rockabilly, movie-themed wedding
Aww, what a cute couple! And I looove the invites, they’re awesome! 😀
I am in love with the rainbow-inspired bridal party!
This is me! Yay! It actually wasn’t even meant to be rainbow. I let the girls pick their own colors, but it just turned out that way and I loved it!
I love your wedding! Is your dress from Vivien of Holloway?
Yeah it sure is! I got the dress, petticoat, jacket, and belt, PLUS shipping from London to America all for $250. It was perfect.
AWESOME. I really love the dress and I’ve been looking at it for months. I was weary of committing to it but you’ve convinced me otherwise.
Any advice for sizing or did you have it altered?
Well with me the sizes were weird, so I just got a size that was too big on every aspect and had my Grandma take it in.
I just love the energy from these photos- you can tell that these guys have such a love for life and for each other! It gets me so excited!
Good job! And you dad looks amazing, just like buddy holly:)
My dad’s the most stylin’ guy I know. 🙂
This wedding is awesome. My future hubby LOVES Pulp Fiction and we’ve been trying to come up with a rockin’ first dance idea for months… I think we might have to steal this one!
Everything about this wedding rocks!
I love how all the bridesmaid’s dresses compliment yours but in the colors that suit them. What a great effect.
And you’ve inspired me to add ‘Rockabilly’ to the description for one of my dress designs (‘Stephanie’) because the design happens to look almost *exactly* like your bridesmaid dresses! Thank you!
I too, walked away as a ‘Mrs’ to the throne room ceremony by John Williams.
And my FAVE pic of all was the bride with her parents.
There are awesome people in this world, and there were 3 of them!
Good song choice. 🙂
And aww gawrsh. Thank you!
Wow, everything and everyone looks fantastic. Looks like it was quite the wedding. Can I ask where the bridesmaids found the dresses?
Thank you, it was a lot of fun.
I found the bridesmaids dresses on Unique Vintage.
I can’t help but like this, because I see so much of my own movie-themed wedding in this post! Tea-length 50s style dress-check. First dance to “You Never Can Tell”-check. Popcorny floral arrangements-check. Pink hair-check! Alex I think we might be wedding twins. You have such good taste 😉
DUDE. Another Lego card box! Awesome!!
Your wedding looks totally amazing. Congrats to you both. =D
Very real. Very sweet. You guys rock! Your wedding was really well done and reflected your personal style. Bravo!
I’m glad you mentioned the whole “you’re too young” thing. I still get that and I’m 23!
I think there are a lot of teenagers that maybe are too young to get married, but after being in such a long term relationship, YOU are the only one who knows if you’re ready or not. Age is an attitude.
Your wedding porn is gorgeous.
Anyone who appreciates the divine Ms Candye Kane is a star in my book! I enjoy your wedding music 😉 Congratulations!!!
Everyone said that my sister was too young to get married (she was 22). She and her hubby are celebrating their 9th anniversary this year. So good on ya!
Wow, popcorn bouquets blows my mind.
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