3682758336 af48a99b8a m alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)The Offbeat Bride: Rykie (say it like “Rikki”) – 20-something actor-type

Her Offbeat Partner: Chris – 20-something manager of a Blockbuster

Location & date of wedding: Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA; College Park Woman's Club, Atlanta, GA — February 20, 2009

What made our wedding offbeat: We tried not to get too wrapped up in the formality of the affair; we just got dressed up and had a big party with our nearest and dearest. There were some traditions we liked and some we didn't. Those we liked, we used — those we didn't we changed or scrapped.

di_wedding-haugh-web-087My dress, which showed off my fabulous new wedding tattoo, was purple, but had a white train and jacket to appease my mom. 😀 Chris wore a stunning white pin stripe suit (from Men's Wearhouse; who knew they had interesting stuff) and a matching white fedora. All of Team Groom, plus my dad and the ring bearer, got their own fedoras.

We don't have any important young children in our lives, so the flower girl and ring bearer were my best friends from high school.

Chris' younger sister was his co-best-man, wearing an amazing vintage tux coat and super-sexy Oxford pumps.

Instead of a garter, we tossed a white fedora; we stuck a bunch of scratch-off lottery tickets in it and the bouquet and let everyone jump for them.

Our wedding cake was Space Mountain (go ahead, compare it to the Google Earth view!).

Our Guest Book attendant wore fairy wings!

Check out the co-best-womans heels! :)
Check out the co-best-man's heels! 🙂

Our biggest challenge: Money. Specifically, finding out how much of it was available, when, and from whom. Seriously, people: sit down with whomever is contributing and figure this out! Do it early!

My favorite moment: Back story: a trio of very dear friends, who happen to be in a band, provided the ceremony music. For the recessional they played my favorite song, called “Intertwined” (based on the Greek myth of Baucis and Philemon), on which my wedding tattoo is based.

After we made our way back down the aisle, while they were still playing, Chris and I made our way through the labyrinthine halls of the church so we could take a few more pictures. We stopped by the secluded, empty spiral staircase leading to the sanctuary, from which we could hear the music perfectly, and held each other, swaying slightly. That's my favorite moment.


My advice to other offbeat brides:
1) Revel in the stress. Drink too much caffeine, stay up late bitching with your maid of honor, freak out if you have to. You're not going to not be stressed; just own it!

2) Get a group picture at the reception. That way you never have to worry that you don't have pictures of everyone.

3) Spend the moments before and after the ceremony alone with your partner. Especially before you'll probably be a bundle of nerves; don't you want to share this time with the love of your life?

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Comments on Rykie & Chris’ Sweet Georgia Purple Shindig of Awesome

  1. Nice cake! I walked past that building every day for two years, and I’m quite impressed by the attention to detail.

  2. WOW!!!! The "co best man" looked amazing!!!!! Love the tux coat and KILLER heels

  3. Nice mix of vintage style + modern attitude!

    And good call on the big group pic– we are following the example of a friend and doing ours at the ceremony though. The church has a balcony in the back and we are going to have the audience turn around and the photographer shoot from above.

  4. I love that purple wedding gown… very cool! I also like the big group pictures too. I did happen to catch that one woman with camouflage wing too but not sure if that was it or not. Congrats to the Bride and Groom!!

  5. I can totally relate the the tip about stress! 3 days away, I feel the stress!

  6. "(we had carrot cake, strawberry, vanilla/chocolate, and Marie Antoinette)" What do you mean Marie Antoinette, is it a kind of cupcake? Haha.

  7. Angela and Cynzia: They’re not camo per se, but they are brown and green. She plays an Earth fairy at the renaissance festival (which is where we met, and met most of the people we know). :} She was our guest book fairy, and she also did all of our hair!

    Guest: The Marie Antoinettes are the bakery’s signature cupcake; they’re huge vanilla cupcakes with raspberry filling and a delicious icing (I can’t remember what flavor, but it’s some sort of rich delicious goodness) rolled in caramel and crushed almonds. They’re friggin’ delicious. I love them forever.

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