Karen and Aidz met in college, and the two have since then been inseperable, bound by their love for music and the beach. So when they decided to tie the knot, they made sure that it revolved around the two things that made them happiest.

"Ours was definitely one that doesn’t follow the cookie cutter wedding... We love going to concerts and festivals so what better way to share that experience with our guests than [to] create one by the beach," shared Karen. "Inspired by Coachella, a lot of our wedding details revolved around music!"

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Both their engagement and wedding were indeed celebrations of the things that the couple had in common that didn't fit the usual mold. Karen talked about the ring that sealed their promise: "Nothing’s as non-traditional as a black diamond engagement ring but I love it! It describes so much of me that I felt lucky marrying a guy who really knows me and puts an effort to really finding that one ring that best suits me!"

Sticking to their Coachella theme, their beach-side wedding was highlighted by a beautiful manual ferris wheel adorned with flowers. From the invitations to table centerpieces, everything was awashed with vibrant watercolor designs for a festive vibe. Even Karen's and her entourage's gowns were nothing short of boho chic. "I am definitely not a girly girl so I opted for an art deco-inspired beaded gown rather than the usual lace designs. I wanted to go for an art-deco design so that it is still aligned with the art-filled theme of the wedding," she explained, noting that her bridesmades also sported printed dresses accented by oversized paper flowers in lieu of traditional bouquets.

Karen and Aidz also took their guests' happiness to heart by providing them with different activities at the reception entrance.


"The whole long table was full of DIY activities -- [a] temporary tattoo area (only because you can get a tattoo at a Coachella event), [a] message board (guests were asked to send us their messages/well-wishes using song lyrics), [and] table posts (song lyrics all manually written and designed by me)!"

For brides that want something different but are afraid to break tradition, Karen has this advice:

"Never lose sight of who you are! There are so many wedding inspirations, people giving their suggestions (and sometimes mandates), and pressure from friends’ weddings... that you might end up doing a cookie-cutter fancy wedding. At the end of the day, the wedding should be a representation of you and your love for each other."

So go ahead and do what your heart desires! If you and your new husband are having fun on your wedding day, then your guests will, too.

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