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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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A Dramatic Gothic Wedding: Suzy & Dimtry

Suzy & Dimtry gothic wedding was anything but traditional. They wanted their day to reflect them but also to have fun with it. Suzy told me all about it as well as sharing some of her favourite details, “We wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as people. So you can definitely say it was not very traditional. Our cake was inspired by a Charlie the Unicorn episode, and we added their own twist by having our cake bleed as we cut into it. My favorite animal of all time is the pot bellied pig, and I wanted nothing more than to have one bring out our wedding band. Keeping as far away from tradition, we also hired a beautiful contortionist to entertain down the isle instead of a trail of bridesmaids and groomsmen.”

Suzy wore a stunning black and white wedding dress by Max Chaoul. The skirt was removable so she could have a short dress for the evening! “I wore a black and white lace gown that had a removable bottom half to flip it into a cocktail dress for dancing. Dimitry wore a black and red gothic inspired tux with tails to the floor.”

“The ceremony was performed by an actor dubbing The Princess Bride ‘Mawage is whot bwings us twogweda..’ speech thru-out the whole ceremony,” she continued. “We had already eloped in Vegas, so we were legally married and able to hire an actor instead of a priest.”

“We are also very fond of Jagermeister…so we had a couple of Jager fountains flowing all over the venue. The night ended with a surprise performance by a mini Kiss cover band. It blew everything out of the water.

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An Elegant & Eclectic North London Wedding: Tommy & Emma

Tommy & Emma were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall, with a reception at the amazing The Roost in Dalston, London. Far from a traditional wedding venue, it often plays host to TV or film crews and provided a really unique and quirky setting for their celebration. “Our wedding was homemade & eclectic”, Emma explained “elegant with rough edges… a bit like us!”

“It was really important to us that our guests felt part of the day and felt included,” she continued. “Instead of place names we found photographs of everyone from our personal collection of people over the years. We hoped that this would also spark conversation between guests that might not know each other very well. We also wrote everyone letters to thank you for coming on the day and with a special memory of our time together. Before the ceremony we gave each guest a outline of the day, so that everyone knew what was happening and when people were going to eat/drink and dance!”

“It was also so important that everyone knew how much we appreciated them being there. We wanted our wedding to reflect us, but also how other people have shaped our lives along the way. We pretty much did everything ourselves (with the help of our family!) We had homemade jams, chutneys and lemon curd on the tables as favours. This was a real triumph as everyone loves a bit of homemade jam! We also spent the whole year collecting cups and saucers, plates, side plates for our wedding breakfast. We handmade the table plan to look like bunting. Also, as emotions often run high at weddings we decided to screen print our invitations directly onto lots of different beautifully embroidered cotton handkerchiefs that we had collected.”

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A Homemade Tipi Wedding in Wales: Nathan & Laura

When I get wedding submissions like Nathan & Laura’s I’m literally bursting at the seams to get them published. So sometimes I sneakily share a picture or two on my facebook page. The shot I shared of Nathan’s reaction when seeing his bride walking down the aisle totally encompassed this awesome wedding. And it would appear you guys loved it too – over 200 likes and I didn’t even show you the stunning bride! Well the wait is over my friends, I’m sure you’ll agree it was worth it and that his face was 100% justified. Just look at her!

After proposing with a ‘Laura will you marry me?’ tattoo (!) the couple got to planning their wedding for earlier this month. The celebration was held at Penybanc Farm, hosted by Welsh Green Weddings, and the relaxed vibe of the farm really set the tone for the whole day.

“We had a marquee which was put up by made by Roger, Simone and team at Welsh Green Weddings“, the couple explained. “We then added our own personal touches including bunting made by the Mother of the bride and hearts on line made by both our Mothers and the groom’s daughters. Our wishing tree was made by the Mother of the bride and the cake stand was made by Laura. We had individual homemade ‘plant pot’ cakes too. We had tea cups and saucers for favours which we collected from car boots and charity shops. The bridal bouquet was made out of of vintage buttons and featured items from both our grandmothers, Edelweiss (Austrian relatives) and the Father of the bride’s numbers from his police uniform. As Nathan proposed to Laura with a ‘Laura will you marry me?’ tattoo, we also had temporary tattoos as favours and both of us had our own ‘secret tattoos’ on the day.”

“Think about the kind of people you are and who you are going to invite” the couple advised when I asked them what influenced their wedding, “in our case we knew that around a third of the guests would be under 12, so a venue where children and their parents could feel relaxed and excited was important to us. Being true to your self is vital and having some sort of connection with the people running the venue as well as a faith in their professionalism helps enormously. For us, when we went to see Simone and Roger at Pennybanc we knew we were on the same wavelength.”

“A professional photographer is also totally worth the money” they continued. “The married couples we spoke to who hadn’t had one said it was their only regret from their own weddings. If you can, budget with them at the centre and book them early on. Nicola from Daffodil Waves Photography was amazing.”

“Don’t get too hung up on being original”, they concluded. “Wedding blogs and magazines are great to help you think about things and give inspiration, but they can also be intimidating and make you feel that your ideas are ‘old hat’. It ebbs and flows so don’t compete. We both like Elvis and vintage style so it was inevitably going to feature in the music and look of the day, but we didn’t want it to be to ‘themed’. We wanted to have a structure to the day but it also had to have enough flexibility in it to to deal with overruns and the unexpected…and we wanted unexpected things to happen!”

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A 1920s Speakeasy Carnival Themed Wedding: Emily & Jesse

Vintage themes aren’t always my bag, but throw a 1920s carnival idea at me and I go weak at the knees! A strong theme like this, done really really well, gets me very excited indeed.

Emily & Jesse were married at The Voorhies Mansion at Edenvale Winery. It provided the perfect canvas for their creative ideas! “I would encourage anyone planning a wedding to use wedding tradition as a springboard and focus on the experience you want your guests taking away from your event,” newlywed Emily told me. “My husband and I went through the traditional wedding/reception order and activities and then changed what didn’t work for us. Everything was a conscious choice from writing the hilarious ceremony with our officiant to deciding to have four bouquets which I presented to my mom, MIL and grandmothers. Once we knew what we wanted we could be very clear with all of our vendors about our ideas and every single one of them bent over backwards to help make it happen. Our guests still tell us it was the most fun, memorable wedding they’ve ever been to and that is exactly what we were going for.”

The speakeasy carnival theme was everywhere – from the homemade stationery, to the food, to the performers. “We have many talented friends and family who contributed performances that totally made the party,” Emily continued. “My sister sang old jazz standards before and during the ceremony, and friends performed our wedding ceremony, performed aerial silks during dinner, taught the Charleston to our guests, fire danced or played the part of a fortune teller, flapper or mime. True Love Sound not only took care of music but were great MCs and with their help we made a silent movie reenacting how me met… it was totally hilarious! You can see it here along with our guests’ reactions in the video below.”

“We also included a note on our invitations and on our wedding site to let guests know that we encouraged them to dress up to fit the theme in any way they wanted… And they DID! It was fantastic! I also want to thank Heather Goodwin, owner of An Inspired Affair, for being my advocate the day of our wedding. She helped me with all of the logistics while we planned and made sure I could have fun by knowing everything was taken care of on the day of.”

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A Quirky Brazilian Wedding Planned in Just Two Months: Juliana & Tomas

Organised in just two months, Juliana & Tomas’ wedding was held in Brazil on the very date that they first met. The bride explains, “Tomas & I met two years ago through a mutual friend. At that time, Tomas lived in New York and I lived in Sao Paulo. In December 2009, Tomas went to Brazil to work and our friend invited him to spend New Year’s Eve in a house I’d rented at the beach. We spent 6 days together and, two months later, we met again, but this time in New York. We started a long-distance relationship, which lasted just 4 months, because I decided to come to New York. My plan was to spend a season in New York, study and invest in our relationship. Back then, we were very uncertain about our relationship’s future, but now we have no doubt we made the best decision.”

“At the end of October 2011, he proposed me and the only thing that we were sure at that time was that we would get married in Brazil in the same date that we met. The tough part – we had less than two months to organize our wedding. We wanted a small wedding, just the closest friends and our family, but Tomas also wanted a ‘wedding that didn’t look like a wedding’. We wanted a party with our touch, our style.”

“So in order to do that we made as much as possible ourselves. We did our own wedding invitations, we painted jars, and we took care of every small detail of the party. We flew from New York to Rio de Janeiro with two bags full of decor items. We really wanted something different and unique, a non-standard wedding. We spent the morning before our wedding together at the hotel’s swimming pool, we helped each other get dressed, and we got dressed in the same room, where some friends stopped by for a pre-party.”

Juliana wore a Cymbeline wedding dress with a striking red headpiece and carried a homemade bouquet created out of felt hearts. “My dress added a dash of fun style and my bouquet and the wedding cake were also unusual. The ceremony was performed by our mutual friend, our parents and siblings. Chef Damien was in charge of a vegetarian menu. We left a Polaroid camera available to our friends and some of the most memorable pics were taken with the photo booth props. If you asked me what I would change in the wedding, I would say ‘nothing, it was a perfect party!'”

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