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Santhie + Adrian’s Mass Effect Wedding

The romance theme “Reflections”, composed by Jack Wall for the video game Mass Effect 2, fills the hall of an old Cornwall church as bride Santhie walks down the aisle towards her Commander Shepard. The couple, who are huge Mass Effectfans, decided to theme their wedding around the first two installments of Bioware’s popular science fiction trilogy. “We felt Mass Effect 3 was a big disappointment; like many fans, we felt the ending was particularly bad,” explains Santhie. “But we had already started planning a Mass Effect-themed wedding before the third game was released, and decided not to let it change our theme – we loved the first two games.”
This was their Normandy, a wedding set not light years away in space but against the beautiful coastline of Cornwall in the UK. A distance that proved to be too far for a few friends and family to reach. So the couple live-streamed their ceremony to friends and family who couldn’t make it to the couple’s UK wedding. “They could still ‘be there in attendance’ even though they physically were in other countries e.g. Canada and Qatar,” explains Santhie. Shot by the talented Kari Bellamy, a wedding photographer in Britain who generously treated the newlyweds to a post-wedding photo shoot along Cornwall’s picturesque beaches.

Adding more tech to their science fiction wedding, the groom, a software programmer and web developer, created a Mass Effect-inspired wedding website for the couple’s guests to RSVP. Written in Mass Effect’s in-game fontmainly Korataki with Handel Gothic for certain letters, their email invites directed guests to their website to RSVP. In the fashion of the game, guests could RSVP and choose their menu and transport options by using a fully functioning Mass Effect-style in-game dialogue wheel. “Our invitation RSVP was actually like playing Mass Effect! With artwork related to the first two games for each question that needed a dialogue-wheel choice, and we tried to include the odd subtle Mass Effect joke. We had a lot of feedback from our guests about how creative it was and how easy and fun it was to play,” says Santhie.

In addition to “Reflections” being played during the ceremony the couple also chose “Heart Of Courage” from the Mass Effect 2 Launch Trailer, “Mass Effect Theme”, “Uncharted Worlds” (the music that plays every time you open the galaxy map), “Spectre Induction” from the first game and “The Normandy Reborn” from the second game.

Stars and crystals echoed their intergalactic theme decorating their table centerpieces and ceremony programs. The bride’s bouquet was also made of feathers and crystals, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets were made of star-shaped crystals and ribbons and handmade by one of her bridesmaids. Their wedding colors of red, white and silver/grey were inspired from Commander Shepard’s default N7 armor. “The exception to the color scheme were my bridesmaids,” explains Santhie, “because I wanted them to choose their own bridesmaid’s dresses rather than pick one out for them, so they ended up (rather unintentionally) being my “something blue” as per wedding tradition.”

Vendors: Photographer: Kari Bellamy/Reception Venue: St Ives Harbour Hotel in Cornwall, UK/London Black Taxi Cab: Plymouth Black Cab Company/Karaoke Kit: Lucky Voice/Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Fountain Hire