When we were planning our own wedding in 2012, we relied heavily on the wisdom and ideas offered by Offbeat Bride. So when editor Megan asked us to photograph her marriage to TV writer and producer Mike, we were honored to capture them and their loved ones, including their adorable chihuahua Pita!
Though they both live in L.A., they decided to get hitched among the Northern California redwoods, at a place where Mike spent many childhood summers. Aptly named The Redwood House, it was the perfect spot for their Redwood Wedding.
“Mike and I met watching Game of Thrones and we’re also huge foodies,” says Megan. “So we decided to combine both of those things.”
Mike rocked a gray suit with GOT-appropriate touches while Megan turned heads in a handpainted, custom-made gown that matched her long purple-ombre locks.
“I went into RMINE‘s shop in Studio City and said, ‘I want a dress that looks like a unicorn sneezed on it.'”
The result was incredible! In fact, the amount of thought that went into their entire wedding was mind-blowing. Both wordsmiths, their sense of humor peppered the program and menus, the taglines for each table, the Jenga game, custom cutlery, and the “All Men Must Dine” photobooth. They even went so far as to transform the toilets into Iron Thrones! California Sister kicked major butt with the centerpieces, which were all different and composed of not only flowers but also fruits and vegetables to match each table’s theme (the fruits and vegetables were utilized the next morning at brunch). Wine stoppers served as escort cards and doubled as favors. (Kudos to Holly Gray for putting everything together!)
There were plenty of sweet moments, too. While Megan was getting ready, she, her mom, and one of the officiants launched into an acoustic version of the oldie-but-goodie “Chapel of Love.” Shortly before their first look, Megan surprised Mike with a tray of Old Fashioneds. The tag on the decanter featured the very words she said to him when he proposed: “Fuck yes! I’m going to marry the fuck out of you!”
And they did just that. Countless tears were shed and many guts were busted during their hilarious, heartfelt ceremony.
“Seeing Mike cry FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER was amazing,” says Megan.
We loved that they both had to take a break during their vows to attend to their leaky faces. Laughing and crying is exhausting work, and our newlyweds and their guests chowed down afterward on chicken and waffles, sliders, and fries from various food trucks. The Smitten ice cream station (with several flavors churned on-site!) and well-stocked s’mores bar were also huge hits.
The dancefloor soon came alive with a flurry of arms, legs, and hair, and it was a hoot watching Megan and Offbeat Bride founder Ariel work their magic beneath the stars. At the end of the night, the Smitten gals let us use their extra can of liquid nitrogen for the final portrait of the night, fanning the smoke with two menus. We’re pretty sure that’ll never happen to us again (at a wedding or otherwise!), and it was a fitting way to conclude this one-of-a-kind wedding. Please enjoy the eye candy and some of our favorite moments!
Bride’s dress: custom made & painted by RMine
Bride’s shoes: Miu Miu
Rings: Mociun (matching wedding bands), Yayoi Forest (bride’s special wedding band), Joseph Jewelry (engagement ring)
Wardrobe stylist: Kimmy Erin
Hair color: Sirens Salon
Hair styling & makeup: Raina Antle
Wedding planner: Holly Gray
Catering: The Waffle Roost (chicken & waffles), Me So Hungry Too (sliders & fries), Bruxo Food Truck (appetizers, salad, signature drinks, serving)
Ice cream: Smitten
Flowers: California Sister
Wedding programs & stationery: Minted
Custom cutlery: Hammer & Black (“I heart waffles” only), Grace Began to Grow
DJ: DJ Crimson
Photobooth: Altar Image Photography
Videography: Share the Road Videography
Luxury restrooms: Fancy Flush
Decanter tag: HammerHead Designs
Cornhole boards: JTBs Woodwork