Jessica & Jeff’s Multicultural Commitment Ceremony Celebration


Happy Friday, everyone! Each wedding is definitely unique but the one I’m sharing with you today is like no other I’ve seen. Jessica and Jeff committed themselves to  each other in a colorful, one-of-a-kind celebration that fused together a medley of cultural wedding traditions. Their party also featured homemade details like paper flowers, a Mexican pinata, and framed photos honoring family and friends at their garden reception. Music having brought them together, live bands were present so guests could party all night long.

offbeat multicultural wedding

The cutie pie couple even rode their bikes together to the site of their ceremony! Responsible for all the lovely photos of this non-traditional wedding is Debra Gulbas who had this to say about the event:

Where do I begin? This is a smorgasbord of wedding culture around the world with an eco-friendly touch. Jessica and Jeff researched and selected different wedding traditions around the world and included them in their celebration. Some of my favorite things: Jessica pinning flowers on the bottom of her dress in Mexican tradition, the couple rode their bikes to the ceremony, their offbeat band, the various wedding traditions from breaking an egg to the guests hitting a pinata.

multicultural commitment celebration

multicultural commitment ceremony celebration

multicultural commitment celebration

Let’s get to know the lovebirds. Pretty Jessica is here to tell us more about her and Jeff and their offbeat celebration:

I am a public interest lawyer and Jeff is a senior sysadmin at UT in the Department of Mathematics. We’ve been together a leetle over eight years now – it was love at first spin when we met at the conga line of Austin’s 2004 Carnaval celebration at the Palmer Events Center. We have two cats, three bikes, and battling classic rock (him) and pop music (me).

We wanted to do a multicultural experience. I have a lot of gay friends, so we wanted to make it more of a celebration of our commitment, and called it a commitment ceremony celebration. We also have muslim neighbors, and had gone to their wedding the year before, so we wanted to have a piece in there for them, that felt like home.

commitment ceremony celebration

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

We decided we wanted to keep flower death to a minimum, so we have lots of friends over to help us make Mexican paper flowers, which I then pinned to the bottom of my dress, and used to adorn the table and the family pictures.

multicultural commitment ceremony

One of the things I really liked was having photos of our friends and family from their weddings, engagement shots, or, if they are partners, just the two other them together. We had those pinned up, swiveling in the wind, at the welcome/gift table.

multicultural commitment ceremony

commitment ceremony celebration

multicultural wedding ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

We ended up doing a ton of traditions: Sudanese (bridegroom welcoming), American (first dance), Celtic  (tying the knot), Moroccan/Muslim (breaking an egg), Jewish (breaking the glass), Romanian/Jewish diaspora (horah dance), Mexican (pinata), and more.

Also, we suggested that folks do a “French leave” by not saying goodbye but just leaving if they had to peace out early.

commitment ceremony celebration

multicultural commitment ceremony celebration

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

Live music brought us together so it was important for us to have live music. MMMB was amazingly fun, and everyone seemed to enjoy the second band as well.

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment ceremony

multicultural commitment celebration

multicultural commitment celebration

multicultural commitment celebration

multicultural commitment celebration

Now that’s a couple who dances to their own beat! A huge thank you to Debra Gulbas for sending this fun wedding my way, and congratulations to  Jessica and Jeff! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your hopping celebration. 🙂

Photographer: Debra Gulbas Photography
Reception: French Legation House, Austin TX
Rehearsal Dinner: Capital Cruises
Hair & Nails: The Nature Company
Wedding Coordinator: In & Out Party Events
Bands: Minor Mishap Marching Band and The Jungle Rockers
Photobooth: Ryan Green Photography
Food: Taj Palace

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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