The Offbeat Bride: Courtney
Her offbeat partner: Billy
Date and location of wedding: The Landing 1841, Burlington, WI — July 7, 2018
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
We had a Jurassic Park theme complete with dancing dinosaurs and a Jurassic Park Explorer. We wanted to put an elegant classy twist on something very quirky.
Tell us about the ceremony:
We all walked down the aisle to the Piano Guys version of the Jurassic Park theme song. My gram raised me so it was a complete no-brainer that she would be the one to walk me down the aisle. My best guy friend since kindergarten stood up as my "Man of Honor" and his mom (our first grade teacher) read "A Lovely Love Story" during the ceremony.
Billy is Irish so it was very important to him to incorporate Irish traditions. We had a Traditional Celtic handfasting and a traditional Irish Prayer read.
Tell us about your reception:
Dinner consisted of stations: A taco/fajita station with chips, salsa, and guac, slider station with three kinds of sliders with mac'n' cheese and a side of onion strings, and a salad/bread station with caprese salad, strawberry goat cheese arugula salad, and coleslaw. We had a donut wall Billy made to look like the park gates at Jurassic park, adorned with Krispy Kremes, and a selection of cupcakes and kringle.
During the reception, our officiant came in dressed as a t-rex and cut a rug.
What was your most important lesson learned?
I think our biggest challenge was remembering it was OUR DAY. I spent so much time and stressed so much trying to make sure everyone else was happy. The best thing we did the whole planning process was throw that out the window and just doing what made us happy. We also chose our vendors based on who was excited for our theme and who gave us strange looks when we mentioned it.
Venue: The Landing 1841 • Photo: C. Mae Designs • Video: OpenBox Events • Hair: Olive Grace Collective • Makeup/Lashes: Brittany Bella Beauty • Catering/Cake: Gooseberries Fresh Food Market • Bar: Drink Inc • Dress Shop: Brides By Young • Dress: Halo, Blush By Hayley Paige • Flowers: Fifty Flowers • Bridesmaids: David's Bridal • DJ: Stan from DJ Felix Entertainment