Rebecca & Chris’ Quirky Subtly-Disney Green & Black Wedding


Rebecca and Chris’ wedding was a combination of their fun diverse personalities and tastes so the result was a vibrant celebration filled with some Disney love, quirky details, and several unique personal touches.

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The delightful photos are courtesy of Jennifer McDonald of McDonald Photography who had this to say about the couple and their offbeat wedding:

This bride and groom were so fun and full of life! They were very unique in their details — at least for us here in Michigan! She loved the color green and incorporated it throughout her wedding:  in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the groommens’ ties as well as her shoes and the groom’s socks had accents of a vibrant green. They also incorporated Disney into their wedding — because they both had lived in Florida and enjoyed going there– with the cake and their “sign in Mickeys.” Her bouquet was actually a unique collection of brooches she found after they became engaged from all over at estate sales, antique stores etc. She even received a few from various family members. One of the brooches – a honeybee – represented the groom, who she calls her “honey bear. ”

Another unique aspect included the reception entrance dance/song they featured, which was with middle Eastern music, and similar to a dollar dance. When the bride and groom came in, family and friends wished them well by dancing around them and tossing dollar bills at their feet. They had their first dance to “Your Song,” from Moulin Rouge and “Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest” from Pulp Fiction.

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

The lovely Rebecca is here to share their love story with us:

Chris and I met on match.com three years ago on Friday, March 13th.  I was living in Florida at the time and he was a born and raised Floridian.  He has just joined that week and I had just cancelled my account, which can only mean that it must have been fate. We were also teaching in the same county in Florida when we met.  he was on the North end and I was on the South end.  Although we  had been at the same functions for the district, we never actually spoke before that point.

Our first date kind of set the tone for our relationship.  He picked me up at a Starbucks between our two houses.  Chris decided that flowers could be taken the wrong way so instead he presented with with a jar of honey shaped like a bear.  He changed the label so it read “Honey Perfume” because one of my match.com photos was of me hugging Winnie the pooh at Disney.  We then went to a local comedy club for armature night, had sushi, and ended the evening with karaoke.  It was fun, weird, awesome, and ended with a first kiss.  I couldn’t stop laughing and he went home to tell his brother he met the girl he was going to marry.

What a sweet story… to think they almost didn’t meet!

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

Rebecca tells us more about their black and green details:

My wedding dress was bought from Brides by Demetrios in Tampa, FL and sent to Troy, MI. (AMAZING service in Troy– they really take care of their brides.) My bridesmaid dresses were green and black like the colors of the Wicked Witch from Oz. The groomsmen’s suits were in black, and their custom-made ties were black with green print.  Our invitations had swirl hearts because they kind of looked like Disney to me.

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

I love how Rebecca candidly talked about their planning process:

When the planning began I had no idea where to begin.  In my mind I was still in disbelief that someone put a ring on my finger.  We made the choice to have the wedding Michigan since we were planning on moving there in the fall of 2011 for Chris to start his PH.D program and for me to be closer to my family.

Once we decided on a state we started to find a venue.  It was a little overwhelming at first which is funny because I have been in about five weddings as a bridesmaid and should have experience.  We started with our must haves and can’t stands.  On the must have list we both agreed we wanted amazing photos and great music.  Other than that it was all about how we could be ourselves.

The venue was selected because of its quirky shape and we also needed a place that could do the ceremony and reception to make it easier for out of town guests.

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

Prepare to be inspired because here’s how Rebecca and Chris made their wedding 100% theirs:

Both Chris and I felt strongly that we wanted to be both traditional with our wedding but different from everyone else.  First of all we started to set the ceremony.  Music helped to drive the “show.”  We selected the song “Gold” by Interference for the bridal party and his parents to walk down together.  This is from the movie Once and we both love the story behind the song so we used some of the music.  I walked down the aisle to “Over the Rainbow” by IZ because I am a Wizard of Oz and Wicked junkie and needed it to be apart of my day.  We had “When You Wish Upon A Star” by Cliff Edwards played during our unity ceremony–we took a photo of a Mickey and Minnie we used in our engagement photo and put it in a special frame.  Our mothers each painted on “Once Upon a time” and “Happily Ever After” while we painted “Rebecca and Chris” in the middle.  This was better for us than a candle or sand and now it hangs in our living room.   Finally we walked out to “All I Want Is You” from Juno.  Chris sang this to me on his ukulele when he proposed so it seemed very appropriate that we use it in the wedding.

During the ceremony we wanted readings that were funny, weird, and about love.  My sister in law read from Dr. Seuss, “”We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love,”  My godmother compared our love to different types of candy, and my husband’s best friend read about how we met and fell in love.  We get the most complements on how unique the readings and music were.

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

The cake toppers were designed to look like us in the form of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. My cousin’s wife made our cake –she even added “hidden Mickeys” to match our toppers and our invitations! Our attendants included our best friends and family–7 groom’s men, 6 bridesmaids, 1 Bride’s Butler, three ring bearers that carried pillows with R2D2 on them, and three fairy flower girls–with wings that sparkled. We wanted a photo booth because every time we see one we pop in and we wanted to have fun so we made sure to have one.

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

Lastly, my hands down favorite part of the wedding is a little selfish.  I loved my shoes and bouquet.  My bouquet was made out of about 60 brooches.  It began with one I received from my late grandmother and quickly grew to contain broaches from my mom, sister, mother-in-law, friends, and people I didn’t even know.  Friends of friends heard what I was doing and cleaned out their jewelry boxes to help fill the bouquet.  I am proud of myself for making it and even more proud that I was able to carry everyone I have loved and love with me down the aisle.

My shoes were apple green and way too high to keep on the entire night.  I bought Chris matching socks so we could take a “feet” photo with Jennifer’s signature color pop shot.  It is one of my favorite photos for the day!

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

offbeat wedding

A final note from the bride:

Chris helped plan more than I ever thought possible.  He made decisions, spreadsheets, wrote thank yous, addressed envelopes, and helped keep me from turning insane.  I love him even more for all of his help–it forced us to stay connected during what can be a very stressful time.

Thank you so much Jennifer for sending this fabulous wedding my way, and congratulations to the adorable couple! Thank you for sharing your special day with us, Rebecca & Chris! 🙂

Photographer: Jennifer McDonald of McDonald Photography
Wedding dress: Brides by Demetrios
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groomsmen Suits: J.S. Banks
Grooms men’s Ties: Custom made from Cyberoptix
Invitations: The American Wedding
Wedding Location: Shriners Silver Garden Events Center Southfield, MI
Flowers: Mancusos
Cake: My cousin’s wife
DJ: Elite Entertainment 

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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3 Comments

  1. What a wonderful wedding – Wonderful couple – very personal, just what a wedding should be.

  2. Yes I love how the wedding totally reflected Rebecca & Chris’ personalities! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. I agree. It looks amazing and very much reflective of the personalities of the bride and groom. Beautiful bride,,,,..handsome groom…..good looking wedding party and all the details that made it theirs!!!!

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