As huge gamers, Adam and Sian knew they wanted to include references to their love of video games in their April wedding in Leeds. “It was never really meant to be a theme, exactly, because a true theme takes an awful lot of commitment! But there were a lot of features that managed to creep in, so it ended up being a lot more themed than we anticipated,” Sian told us. Their name cards on the tables included the gamer name/ tag of the person where applicable and their wedding favours were video game-themed pin badges from Etsy.
There were further personal touches to do the day, too – they used the colour red to honour Sian’s late mother, as she wore a red dress on her wedding day, and their reception entertainment included a caricaturist, big screen Mario Kart and a temporary tattoo station which was loved by adults and children alike.
Their ceremony, with a soundtrack of instrumental video game music, was an emotional one; “There were a lot of tears, and I feel like most of that was just because we had waited for so long to get to that moment!” Sian continued. “My nephew, Finnley, walked me down the aisle, and that was really special. When I got to the front, we just giggled at each other for a few minutes – the registrar had told me to put my bouquet on the table, but she had to take it from me because I was laughing so much! Looking back at the photos, I’m so happy that it was a day full of laughter. Our vows were standard ones selected from a menu from the registry office – I think we used all our creativity on other bits!”
The speeches were another highly emotional moment. “Having lost both my parents, the mention of them in the groom’s speech was a real tear-jerker. Instead of a father-of-the-bride speech, Rich, one of my closest friends, stepped in to say a few words, and it was just beautiful. We had our first dance to Forever by KISS – a song we basically picked out on our first or second date when we realised we were both huge fans! The table decorations were all hand crocheted by me – the centrepieces matched the table names, and we had crocheted hearts as table confetti.”
“Having everyone we loved in one room was our favourite part of the wedding,” Sian concluded. “When our wedding was postponed for the first time, we toyed with the idea of eloping, but the idea of having that big party with all of our wonderful friends and family was just too much to ignore. I’m so glad we waited – we had the most perfect day, and honestly couldn’t have asked for more.”