Alexandra & Roger’s Intimate Non-Traditional Wedding in a Theater
Happy Monday, everyone! Before anything else, I would like to announce that I’m going on a short vacation from tomorrow until next week so posts will be relatively sparse… but have no fear, I have a mystery guest poster filling in on some days. Details to be revealed on Wednesday.
So anyway today I’m delighted to share a relaxed offbeat wedding which took place in a theater and is full of highly personalized DIY elements! Justine Johnson Photography is here with more details on the event:
Alex & Roger were married at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. They met on Facebook, which they incorporated into their wedding in several ways – primarily, by pausing immediately after being pronounced husband & wife (and after their first kiss) to take out their cell phones and update their Facebook marital status! They were married right on stage and before their ceremony played a homemade movie on the screen (lots of funny clips of them – it was HILARIOUS). They also did a “First Look” before the ceremony – Roger’s face when he saw Alex for the first time was priceless. Their processional was to “We Will Rock You” and their recessional was “We Are the Champions”… amazing.
Aren’t Alexandra’s tattoo sleeves awesome? Here she is to tell us more about her and Roger and their alternative wedding:
My friends call me Alex, but my full name is Alexandra. I changed my name to my husband’s–Vaillancourt, because when you say Alexandra Vaillancourt, it sounds like royalty. Hee hee! I got married on June 30. On that day, my husband and I were both 44. The next day he turned 45. It’s my first marriage, his third (third time’s a charm!). I’m a nanny, a writer, and a photographer. I’m an extrovert.
My husband’s name is Roger. He works for a small start up company as a Program Manager, and he’s also a writer. He is very smart, funny, and kind. He’s an introvert.
We’re not religious, so we knew we didn’t want a church. We wanted something unusual. We found out we could rent out the local independent movie theatre, so that was perfect! No particular theme except for pack it in in 2 hours, because that’s how long we could rent the theatre for. We wanted it casual and fun. It was great, because it was a place that could hold a lot of people, we didn’t have to worry about weather or how to accommodate the elderly. One theme that was unofficial was to have our friends very much involved. A friend made our invitations, one read from a children’s book during the ceremony, and many helped with decorations.
My bouquet was made of artificial flowers, but they looked so real! My friend Jen got them for me as a gift because she was really into me having a nice bouquet, and I didn’t want real flowers that would die. Other friends made the cupcake stands.
How did we personalize? Quite a bit! We could only rent the theatre for 2 hours before movies started showing, so our wedding was from 9-11 on a Saturday morning. We figured people could come watch us get married then get on with their day. Easy! Both of my parents are deceased, and Roger’s dad was deceased on that day, so in order to honor them, we made life sized cut outs of each of our parents on their wedding days. We showed a 7 minute movie that we made that included us and Roger’s two sons. It was made in the style of “Shit Girls Say”, only much tamer.
All of us (husband, his two sons, and me) wore custom-made Converse with our wedding date stitched on the back. My wedding dress was marked down to $49.99!!!! My husband’s clothes came from J. Crew, and the boys wore shorts and tee shirts with ties printed on them. Ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, I knew I wanted a fascinator. I cut my hair, bleached it blond, and highlighted it with pink.
We walked in to “We Will Rock You”, and walked out with “We Are the Champions”. We walked ourselves down the aisle–me from one side, him from the other, and we met in the middle on the stage.
I was not into planning this wedding, or getting stressed out about decorating. My friends, however, were. I came up with a “team” of 7 people who decorated, organized, planned, and made the place look great and run smoothly.
Our officiant was Rory, the mutual friend who introduced us on Facebook. No one else could have officiated–he was the one to get us together! During our vows, I gave a shout out to Mark Zuckerburg. Without him, I wouldn’t have met the love of my life. And yes, we updated out statuses at the end.
We invited kids (I had just retired from being a preschool teacher at the same school for 15 years). There were about 100 people at our wedding, and 36 of them were kids.
For favors, we had packs of gum that said, “We Met on Facebook”, and photo magnets that I made of hearts and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
We had coloring pages for the kids. My friend Barb drew a cartoony picture of Roger and me.
We served popcorn, bottled water, and red velvet cupcakes. After we were married, some people left, and others mingled for awhile. Most people were local and went on with their day, but we invited the people who had flown in from out of state to a restaurant for lunch. We all got on the T (Boston’s public transportation system) and rode a few stops to the restaurant. They gave us the run of the place, and we stayed there for a couple of hours. Again, casual and fun.
Parting words–Getting married doesn’t have to be expensive All you really need to do is show up. That was my motto. Make it as personal as you can. Get your friends to help! They want to! I would say, the shorter the wedding, the better. You’ll be glad, and your guests will be glad. 2 hours was perfect. It doesn’t need to be an all day affair. Have FUN!
Thank you Justine for sending this offbeat wedding my way, and congratulations Alex and Roger! Here’s wishing you a happy and blissful life together.
Photographer: Justine Johnson Photography
Venue: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Dress designer–David’s Bridal Michealangelo, Size 6. (Bride’s note: if any brides from Massachusetts want my wedding dress, they can have it. I’d like to pass it along to someone who wants to save money. It has a small stain on the front, but if they get it cleaned, it should come out.)
Groom’s vest and pants: J.Crew
Cupcakes: Cakeology, Boston, MA
Rings: Daniel R. Spirer, Cambridge, MA
Fascinator: Galvin-ized Headwear, Boston, MA
Tattoos: Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo, Jamaica Plain, MA
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, Converse brides, first look, non-traditional weddings, tattoed brides