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Tech and Geek Festival Wedding: Ali & Ben

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Ali and Ben met while they were both working at PlayStation. This mutual love for all things techy and geeky was a recurring theme throughout their festival inspired wedding. Instead of using lots of paper they sent out digital invitations and had an online gift list, their seating plan was animated and they had pacman references everywhere. Each tier of their homemade wedding cake was a different PlayStation symbol, and they even the meme style table names!

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“The best way to describe me is ‘Digital Hippy’ because while I am very much a child of the Earth, I also do love a good gadget!”, began Ali. “Ben is similar, and we had a problem picking a ‘theme’ because we like so many things! So it was just one big jumble of awesome. I suddenly thought about a festival theme, because Ben and I both love going to festivals and then everything fell into place. The thing I love most about festivals is that anything goes and that was perfect for our wedding. I’d never been to a wedding in a tent before, and with our beautiful individual bridesmaid dresses, face painter, dapper Groomsmen outfits, glow bands, giant sparklers, live music and fancy dress elements…I think we hit the festival vibe nicely on the head!”

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Klingon & Star Trek Wedding: Christine & Charles

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Have I got something to end this week with a bang or what? Have you ever seen a wedding quite like this?! Themed weddings can get a bit of a bad rep, but when done well, and as an authentic representation of the couple, I don’t think there’s anything quite as fun. Who’s with me?

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Christine & Charles met at a Star Trek convention at Altamonte Hilton, which they then chose as their wedding venue too. “Our wedding was a traditional Klingon wedding”, began the bride. “All of our guests used the opportunity to dress any way they wanted. Others may have thought this to be like a Halloween party but the celebration was a party of real friends to be as they wished. I made nearly everything myself including both of our outfits.”

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An Internet Meme Wedding Theme: Daryl & Emily

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Daryl & Emily wanted their wedding to feature various elements that but didn’t necessary go together but that they both loved. From steampunk to Lego and Lord of the Rings, this September wedding was a true reflection of them as a couple. “Our theme was ‘Nerdtacula’”, Emily laughed. “We tried to incorporate different internet memes wherever possible!”

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“We are both pretty unique people and we tried to bring in a little bit of ourselves in everything that we did”, she continued. ”The wedding cake Lego base was inspired by Daryl’s love of Lego although we had originally toyed with the idea of zombie apocalypse on the Tyne bridge during the Great North Run. The music we chose for the service was all from our favourite video games and Daryl’s hat reflected his interest in steampunk.”

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Geeky Robot Wedding: Nick & Barbara

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Nick & Barbara’s Pennsylvania wedding took place in August. “We started out telling people it was ‘classy nerd picnic’, began the bride. “But I think it ended up having a lightly late 40s, early 50s DIY aesthetic in bright colors with robots, Lego and family references everywhere. I can remember trying to explain this to our day-of planners for the first time and the poor man told me I needed to go and figure out what I wanted. But this was what we wanted! I like things where the theme isn’t neatly tied up in a bow, and I think when everything was put together it radiated joy and silliness.”

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“We met in marching band in high school. We really rocked that trumpet section, and by ‘rocked’, I mean we didn’t pay attention and mostly made fun of each other”, she continued  “I awkwardly asked Nick to a dance, Nick awkwardly asked me to be his girlfriend almost a year later, and nine years after that we got married. If our wedding is a testament to anything, it is to how many jokes you can accrue in ten years and to how much we were already a part of each other’s families.”

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An Angry Birds Inspired Wedding Shoot

Angry Birds. It might not strike you as an obvious wedding theme but this shoot goes to prove that inspiration can be found everywhere!

“We’ve been working on this idea since last Fall”, wrote photographer Brent of Live View Studios. ” Our idea was for a wedding shoot inspired by the popular Angry Birds game, but to be done in a very classy, non-cartoony way. We wanted to bring our brand of very rustic, organic and indie vibes into it.”

“To our surprise, and considering how popular the game is, we hadn’t seen anyone else doing this idea” he continued. “So basically we wanted to be first! When the idea came to us initially, we looked around and found a few groom’s cakes & details based on the game but nothing that incorporated it in as an overall wedding theme or shoot. We decided to use elements creatively instead of basing it only on the characters. Keeping the elements of stone & brick, glass, wood & feathers, and the primary color palette in mind, we set out to design a rustic couture wedding with slingshot pens, tumbled concrete structures, a gold crown & golden eggs and a treasure chest for notes written by guests.”

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The Minecraft Wedding: Matt & Asia

Confession: I can’t take any of the credit for finding this wedding…this baby was aaaaall Gareth’s doing! I’m quite the Minecraft widow actually, and when I drag myself from my computer to my bed at night I can often hear him watching the latest Yogscast video (at full volume of course!) Needless to say he’s a bit of a fan… So when the creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson (known online as ‘Notch’), tweeted about a wedding themed around the game, Gareth was straight away begging me to try and feature it. In fact I’ve never seen him run into my office so fast “Ooohmiiigaaaawd there’s a Minecraft wedding! You HAVE to feature it! Pleeeease! Pleeeeeeeeease! How do you not know about this already!?? This is the coolest wedding ever ever ever!”

Luckily, it turned out the photographers who shot it are friends of the blog (veteran readers will remember them from their epic ‘Up’ themed anniversary shoot) and so they were more than thrilled to share it with us. HURRAH! I hope you fellow gamers will get as much joy out of this as Gareth has!

Matt & Asia’s Minecraft wedding theme was pretty much a given, considering how Matt proposed…

“My proposal was a complete fluke,” the groom explained. “Asia really wanted to go to MineCon, as it was the first ever convention for Minecraft, a game we both played and loved. I wanted to propose to her there, but had no idea how I would do it. Being someone with plenty of video production experience, I sent an email to the team (who I supported on Kickstarter) who were filming a documentary about Mojang (the game developer behind Minecraft), as I knew they would be there at the big event. I simply told them I planned on proposing, and that it might make good B-roll for their film if they wanted to plan on being there when I did it. One thing led to another, and my email was sent up to the person running the entire event; Lydia Winters, known as ‘minecraftchick’ by the nerd masses. She completely set up the entire deal, which involved Mojang’s artist creating custom Minecraft labels for Jones Soda, who was sponsoring the event. The video ended up having over 200k views on YouTube!”

So, the couple set to work painstakingly planning their Minecraft themed wedding. “Asia and I have always been the kind of people that enjoy going against the flow, “Matt continued. “We have weird senses of humor and we both are part of growing ‘cool nerd’ culture in the world. As in, people who enjoy computers, video games, and other ‘geeky’ hobbies, but that still have full social lives, enjoy exercising and being outdoors, and in general don’t look much different than ‘normal’ (non-nerd) people. Minecraft is a cultural phenomenon, for nerds and non-nerds alike, and it’s a game that I played very early on, during the alpha stages of the game. When I re-friended Asia, and found that she loved video games as much – if not more – than I do, I showed her the game. She instantly fell in love, and the game became a great source of bonding early in our relationship. You are literally exploring an unknown world that you have to mine, grow, harvest, and craft in. You want tools? Find the wood or stone to make them. Want a house to protect you from bad creatures that come in the night? You have to find the materials to build a house, whether it’s melting sand to form glass, finding clay to roast into bricks. It’s the kind of game that requires a lot of teamwork, from hunting food while the other grows crops, or defending your home from invaders while the other runs to the basement! We clicked in the game as well as we clicked outside it, and it became a regular part of daily life to explore and discover new things in Minecraft as we did the same in our real lives.”

“Others have described the wedding as ‘just as nerdy as it was classy’, and that’s exactly what we were going for. The Minecraft statues, trees, plants, cave, and other props were taken directly from the game. We knew that not everyone at the wedding would have played the game, and we also knew that we didn’t want the location to feel like a cheesy amusement park or something. The location, Beatnik Studios, already has a very earthy look to it, with it’s brick walls and polished brown floors, so we decided to continue that ‘natural’ theme from Minecraft by using greens and browns, and other earthy tones to bring out a natural look to the decorations. I have to give huge props to my Aunt, who has been an incredible florist and decorator at her business, Jackie’s Flowers for many years. As someone without prior knowledge of the game, she was still able to bring things to life with very natural ingredients, such as the ‘grass blocks’ on the tables, and the incredible mushroom and moss piece she made from scratch for our wedding table. While we took care of the boxes, statues and other props directly from the game, she worked her magic to bring the theme into reality with real plants. Quite simply, her and her daughter (my cousin) did a brilliant job.”

The Minecraft characters and animal statues were created by Greg Aronowitz for MineCon. After the epic proposal, Greg kindly allowed them to borrow them for the wedding. He even allowed them to take the fully functional torches with working ‘fire’ and LED lights.

Jones Soda, who sponsored MineCon, also donated all 250 bottles of custom labelled drinks for the wedding. “Sure, they sponsored MineCon, but we were going to be ordering over $600 worth of bottles, not including shipping,” Matt explained. “That was a massive blessing, and one of the reasons we wanted to make absolutely sure their goods were shown off in the pictures! Also, because the bottles look absolutely awesome!”

“The success of this wedding was completely based on the hard work out countless friends, artists, and family,” Matt concluded. “I’ve had many ideas in my life that have not turned to be half as good as I thought in my head. This one turned out far better than I could have ever imagined, and it’s all due to the creative talent of friends who helped with planning and setup, an amazing pair of florists, a phenomenal location, a groundbreaking video game, and the best two photographers in Sacramento and beyond. We couldn’t be happier with the results, and we are proud to share it with the world!”

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