Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sarah and Box's Hobo Wedding: Sneak Peek

Someone i'm honored to call a friend, Sarah Brown, wed her love, Brian "Box" Brown this past weekend in philadelphia. They had a 1920's hobo themed wedding bursting with personality.
It was so clear how much those two love each other and a joy to see them start their married life.
Sarah was one of the most beautiful brides i have ever seen. she was radiant.
this is just a sneak peek, tomorrow i'm doing a ginormous post.
You know Sarah from Mousetrap Vintage on etsy  and Squid Whale Designs


  1. can't wait to see more pics, these are great!! such a fun theme. thanks for posting!

  2. oh my god this is the coolest wedding ever! more more!

  3. That tent with those banners and checked tablecloths and you and I could go on and on!! Can't wait to see more pics!

  4. SOOO fabulous...just the most creative thing. WONDERFUL.

  5. such an adorable and original theme! can't wait to see the rest of the pics you've got in store!

  6. Man, if I could do it all over again! What a great theme! Wonderful pics. Congrats Sarah!

  7. Oh, thank you for posting these, Maria! Sarah looks gorgeous. I can't wait to see more.

  8. Wonderful! so happy to see these photos. Sarah is glowing. Congrats Sarah!

  9. these shots are so adorable. Lovely decorations!!

  10. Sarah knew what she wanted when she decided to have a Hobo wedding (It took the rest of us a minute to get it). She pulled it off to the T! Gen-U-ine beauti-full bride. Gushing groom. The tent and bunting transformed yard! It looked like a movie set! We even had a few authentic hobos - some neighbors just strolled into the party! Thanks for your special attention, xoxo

  11. This is the best wedding I've ever seen.

  12. It's pretty sad that the owner of this blog decided to remove negative comments. IF you post things on the internet, it's not just yours anymore, it's everyones to comment on, like it or not.

  13. I'm glad she did. (and I know she'll take this down too, and I understand why, but I've got to say it.) You Regretsy harpies were nasty enough on your own blog thread. And yeah, I read a lot of it, and it turned my stomach. But to track down every single mention of the wedding, post it on the Regretsy thread so assholes like you could go out of your way to taunt and bully and scold -- that's truly despicable. And your behavior and that of others makes whatever crime you creeps think Box and Sarah committed with their wedding theme pale by comparison. Again, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Adelaide, sorry to post this, but, you know. Thanks for recording the happy day.

  14. Hey Annie, I actually didn't meant to delete your comment before. i was weeding out nonsense and accidentally deleted yours but as i was doing so, i actually read it and realized you were a level-headed and intelligent kind person. thanks for sticking up for My friends.

    Anonymous, i think its pretty sad that you have nothing better to do than judge and berate people and that its not enough for you to do so on regretsy, but you have to seek out a personal blog. And luckily its in my control to keep abuse off of my blog, so i'll delete whatever i see fit.

    What's really disgusting is that you are insinuating that the folks who went through depression had no joy or beauty in their lives. I think that Sarah and Brian were tapping into the idea that yes, it was a terribly sad time of poverty, but there was still love, joy and beauty in that.
    and you do realize that your commenting on someone's WEDDING day, right!?
    This day is about the love that they share and their commitment to each other. Its just so odd to me that without knowing them, hundreds of people can judge and berate them about such a meaningful day.

    please don't waste your time writing any more rude comments. i can delete them as fast as you can write them. regretsy can have a blog that makes fun of what people do and make, but that's not what i want this one to be about.

  15. Many struggling people had a positive outlook during the Great Depression and WWII; that's how they survived it, including my grandmother, and that's why they are know as "The Greatest Generation." There's nothing wrong with celebrating the pluck and resourcefulness of people from that era. As a matter of fact, I think it's wonderful.

    If anyone would have an understanding and sense of humor about a "hobo wedding", it would be the people who actually lived during that era. They certainly were not thin-skinned, easily offended folk.

  16. Hmm... How to approach? I was shown the etsy piece by my husband when I got home from work today. I don't think I've been more shocked by something posted on a blog in a while. I hope there is room, somewhere, for a discussion of why the caricature of poverty portrayed at this event is something worth taking a very close, critical look at. I don't know these folks, their community work, their stories, etc. What is clear, to me, is that this was a considerable stroke of cultural appropriation and what many are calling "poverty pimping" gone wild. I know it seems cute to see the love in poverty (to some?), but looking at it from different vantage points I think would clarify why this is a real problem. Dressing up like those who were in such a struggle, usually in no way because of their own actions, comes across is being incredible insensitive and a mark of completely and bizarrely unchecked privilege run amok. I hope the folks who decided it would be fun to put on a show about the beauty of poverty find a pathway to a broader view of the world around them. This is incredibly unfortunate.

  17. Caution...the following comments are actually from Maria's husband, Steve...
    Where to begin? First of all, I know that there are so many people constantly trolling the internet just waiting to get fired up about something, but I wonder if they have truly seen the world wide web. Was this really the most "disgusting" and offensive thing that they could find? Was there no real poverty, crime, or injustice to be concerned about?
    I also noticed that all of the negative stereotypes regarding poverty came from the negative commenters while the wedding and blogs that featured it celebrated the symbols of joy and beauty that transcended the hardships of that era. Many commenters seems to imply that nothing worthy of celebration existed at that time and we should only offer words of pity in hushed tones regarding that entire generation.
    I appreciate the fact that a few reasonable people have explained how or why they were offended rather than explode into ridiculous statements hidden behind the "Anonymous" moniker. I wish a conversation could be had, but it seems likely that the offended have moved on to another cause to rally against.
    So that's what I think, and and I'll stand on Helen Killer's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.

  18. I stumbled across this via Regretsy, and you'll probably delete this (which is your right). But I must say that I, too, think it's tasteless for people who had five digits to spend on their special day decided to dress up like the poor, when the true poor budget desperately just to be able to have a generic wedding/reception with those they love. I would understand if they hadn't splurged, or if they hadn't destroyed vintage handmade pieces for their day (shudder). I wish I could understand people who think it's okay for someone to come up with this idea and spend months planning the details, never once considering how it might wound others once they see it on etsy, but who call out people who stumble across something and want the world to know that they don't agree. My head hurts from trying to give you all the benefit of the doubt.

  19. Again, this is Steve...
    Darci, or someone else, please explain to me how celebrating a group of people in spite of their struggles is so tasteless and damaging. Should vintage themes be strictly reserved to remember affluent peoples and times where they had no problems at all or would that be insensitive too?
    I know that people have mentioned that they think this was making fun of poverty. Which aspect of the wedding was meant to make light of the situation rather than highlight the simplicity and celebrate the strength that it took for people to make the best of a hard situation?

  20. This thoughtful and very respectful article from Offbeat Bride explains it very well.


  21. The problem isn't with the "vintage theme", it's that you took a whole group of people "hobo's" as your "theme". No one is saying that there was not love, or happiness during desperate times. To say that would be utterly ridiculous. [and if those people are implying that, well then they have no idea about how critical thinking works.]
    You didn't choose a vintage theme, such as the 20's as your theme. You picked HOBO wedding. That's extremely specific. As in, poor destitute people who were often jobless, hungry, and separated from their families. No one can force you to understand why your wedding theme is offensive. To say that people "Don't have anything bigger to care about" is completely minimizing the fact that your wedding theme is offensive. Would you pick " black slave wedding" as a theme? Probably not. Like it or not, your wedding theme is basically in the same category that that one would be in. It's taking a whole group of people, picking out the one part you want for your characterization, and totally ignoring the rest. Had you picked the 20's as your theme, no one would have cared at all. People would have thought it was a cute, pretty wedding. It's like the difference between a "southern" wedding where people of all races dress up as southerners, and a "slave owning plantation wedding" where someone hires black people to pretend to be slaves for the day and the white people get to go to the party. Vintage themes are not the problem. Taking on PEOPLE as your theme, however, is.

  22. Maybe I should just take over this portion of my wife's blog (this is Steve)...
    Anonymous #1 - Thank you for the link. While I don't necessarily agree with everything in the article, it was great to read an articulate, and as you mention, respectful piece about this whole topic. I can't wait to read next week's article! (honestly though, my attention span is pretty short and I will forget by next week.) I couldn't help but feel that the article kind of boiled down to semantics though. Anonymous #2 even mentioned that if the wedding had been titled a 20s theme, then "no one would have cared at all". And #2 - thanks for the very personal response, but this was not my wedding, theme, or even my blog for that matter, just my opinion. I felt that some friends of mine were being unfairly attacked and I like conversations rather than ridiculous statements so I decided to defend them or ask questions or whatever you want to call this.
    So it was apparently the term "Hobo" that brings pain into the situation. While it really wasn't "picking out the one part you want for your characterization, and totally ignoring the rest", it was actually using the term to help people understand a time period and using the rest of the era to create the backdrop for the event. I don't see how celebrating the bright side of a dark situation minimizes the struggle or pain felt by those stuck in that place. I can't speak for anyone else, but I think that is our only option in life.

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