I have been asked to do a post with pictures of my Renaissance Faire wedding for those who are interested in alternative weddings. Needless, to say, I agreed... :-)
NOTE: Martin and I met for the second time at a Renn faire, and I joined the reinactment guild he belonged to, so some of what we had and were able to do was the result of working with our fellow guild members and other friends involved in faire. Those not belonging to a guild or faire group might not be so lucky.
Our wedding took place at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe, CA. We were able to rent the main staging area for the ceremony for only $300. The wedding itself was open to any paying guest at the Faire; the private reception (by invitation only) was held inside our guild's encampment area, so it was basically free.
This was our altar, center stage. Just a foldable camp table, but very sturdy and big enough without being too big. Yes, that's a dragon behind it... (Note: If you have an outdoor ceremony, make sure the flower arrangements are NOT top-heavy!! Otherwise, they tend to get blown over if there's a stiff breeze...)
We entered under a canopy of (fake) flowers, complete with retinue and musicians. We had NO idea who many of the people there were, as they were paying guests at the faire, but who cared?? (The boy's head in the bottom right corner belongs to my son, brag, brag!)
Here we are during the actual ceremony; one of our friends not only made the pillows for us to kneel on, she wove the cloth to make the pillows with!
After the ceremony was over, we had a lovely archway of swords to make our exit through...
Our cake was gorgeous and tasty, with real flowers and a glass castle topper.
And now, closeups of our outfits:
I tried to include general things that are in most weddings; if you are interested in getting more specific details, e-mail me and I'll be glad to give you any info I can!