* Irene, Non-profit Manager & Bob, Freelance Computer Security Consultant/Ethical Hacker * Photographer: Zachary Hunt (APW Sponsor) * Soundtrack for reading: “Gimme All Your Lovin‘” by Whiskey Shivers
The Info—Photography: Zachary Hunt (APW Sponsor) / Venue: Springdale Farm / Food: Provided by East Side King, Franklin’s BBQ, and Torchy’s Tacos all served on serpentine tables wrapped around a lit up pecan tree / Music: The Inheritance & Whiskey Shivers / Limo Company (haha yeah right): Austin Bike Zoo (handmade multi seat bikes in the shape of insects and reptiles)* / Bride’s Dress: The Cotton Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Vibram FiveFingers Speed / Groom’s Threads: Custom made linen/silk pants that were made in Thailand when we did our pre-honeymoon earlier this year. Shirt was also from Thailand adventure. / Desserts: Rustic display of pies and cobblers and sweet thangs provided by friends
*I was brought to the venue on the serpent being ridden by my father and three brothers and surrounded by 30 members of our bike gang.
Other cool stuff we should know about: I never really considered doing anything traditional, and the traditional elements that came out did so because they naturally made sense for Bob and me. We homemade as much as we could: our invitations were from recycled Whole Food bags; we collected egg shells from our four chickens (who we are obsessed with) over a nine month period and every time we cracked the egg we cracked it so we retained as much of the egg as possible and then dyed those eggshells many different colors and made confetti, candles, votive, strings of eggs, hanging mobiles, and other multi-colored egg-citing decorations; we brought back from Thailand some really cool geodesic lanterns and multi-colored twine balls for Christmas lights that were a big hit; we hung probably 400 feet of multi-colored tulle and ribbon all over the farm from trees and fences that blew in the wind throughout the ceremony and evening; we made a carnival-style light up sign with our names that shone all night and made me smile so big every time I looked at it; we had “flower” girls who wore homemade tutus and “pretzel” boys who wore colored ties around their heads with feathers sticking out who threw colored eggs along the aisles and then smashed them as they marched/danced on, so we had a multi-colored walk to enter the ceremony; we played a made up game that was basically a bastardized version of capture the flag/freeze tag with frisbees and the live Bluegrass band starting and stopping the music; we made a huge Jenga set that I sanded and colored and we used as our guest book and we will have for years to come… can’t wait for our kids to use it as blocks; and….
Favorite thing about the wedding: The Bike Posse/Bike Gang. We each got got ready at separate houses. At the departure time, I boarded the Austin Bike Zoo serpent with my father and three brothers, and we had a bunch of our friends (about ten) meet at the house. We rode to a specified meeting corner to connect with Bob and the rest of the gang (another fifteen or so) to form the biggest and best Wedding Bike Gang ever. We all biked the remaining mile as a posse to the farm and joined everyone else, as well as the two Austin Bike Zoo Butterflies and scary red-eyed Bat. It was so wonderful a) to see the other “Bob” bike gang from a distance come over the horizon (my heart fluttered), b) to take over the streets with our mini critical mass, c) to have so many I loved share something that both Bob and I love so much and is such a ginormous part of our lives (biking), and d) to bike down the long mulch path of the farm through fields of okra and other late summer veggies to beautiful scenery, libations, and acoustic music, where everyone else was waiting and clapping and so excited to see us (and vice versa).
One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Super homemade, uber-colorful, personality-enhanced, deliciously-tasty, rip-roaring farm showdown with a bonus bike gang.