Ana + Marc’s All Things Nerdy Wedding
It was at Ana and Marc’s favorite comic book shop, Happy Harbor Comics in their hometown of Edmonton, where this quirky couple said their “I do’s”. Inspired by their love of art, toys, robots and comics their all things nerdy wedding was exactly how the bride had envisioned her big day to be. “I wanted my guests to arrive at our venue, feeling that they had left the known world and had stepped into a fantastical version of the world Marc and I had created for ourselves,” says Ana. “We wanted our guests to come into our wedding, like how one would enter our home: to feel the warmth of our hospitality, to taste the exoticness of our world-wide adventures, and to experience the quirkiness of our love and our love of things geeky.”
Although the couple live in Japan it was their hometown of Edmonton where the couple wanted to celebrate their love, and Happy Harbor Comics was the perfect venue for its space and colorful interior that inspired the couple’s palette of orange, yellow, blue, green, pink and purple. Working with the talented ID BOHEMIA
, an event design and wedding planning studio based out of Edmonton, designer Christina asked the couple to take photos of their apartment to gauge their style. “With those images as our guide,” says Christina, “we knew their wedding would be colorful and handmade, with a playful Japanese flavor.”
At the reception, the couple’s toy and camera collections dressed up the tables, while their art and personal photos were displayed on custom Jones Sodas.
For the table runners, Christina found patterned gift wrap at a local book store and cut it in half length ways. A great DIY idea to quickly dress up tables on a budget with lots of colors and patterns to choose from. Marc and Ana created booklets with games including Japanese phrases and a how-to for writing your name in Katakana. Christina then placed them at each plate setting, along with first edition comics unique to each guest that Marc and Ana chose from Happy Harbor’s archives.
The colors on Marc and Ana’s cake were inspired by a painting they’d found at an Edmonton festival, and the topper they brought from Japan. Taking the same gift wrap as the table runners, Christina wrapped old wooden wine boxes to create a sturdy and beautiful cookie bar display risers.
“Their wedding was a geeky visual feast,” says Christina, “but my favourite memories of the night are of looking up at the stars through Happy Harbor’s open bay door, seeing the wedding proposal video on a massive screen, and watching Ana and her 3 sisters dance in perfect sync to The Sugarhill Gang…in 6″ heels. Those ladies have mad skills!” Watch Marc’s hilarious marriage proposal video
and their proposal outtakes video
Photographer Stephanie Chan
created a custom photo booth made to look like a comic book panel, with the Edmonton skyline for a backdrop and Godzilla tromping through. Among the most unusual props: giant handcuffs, ninja weapons and a horse’s head.
Vendors: Venue and Comic Book Wedding Favours: Happy Harbor Comics, happyharborcomics/Design, Planning and Custom Decor: Christina Ignacio-Deines for ID BOHEMIA, idbohemia/Photographers: Stephanie Chan, stephaniechan; and George Mach, 2litresofsoysaucecom.blogspot.ca /Catering: Chef2Chef, facebook.com/Chef2ChefCatering/Cake: Claudia’s Confections, claudiasconfections/Rentals: ABC Weddings, abcweddings/Custom Soda: Jones Soda Co., jonessoda/Bride’s Dress: BCBG, bcbg/Bride’s Shoes: “Paris” in Beige Devilfish by Fluevog, fluevog/Bride’s Feather Headband: CA4LA in Japan, www.ca4la.com/Bride’s Earrings: ∫Integral by ID BOHEMIA, idbohemia.com/Bride’s Necklaces: gifts from family/Other accessories: bracelets from Polly Magoo’s in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, pollymagoos.com; Fox ring (Ana’s engagement ring!) from Pyrrha, www.pyrrha.com/Old cameras, robots, monsters and other toys: Ana and Marc/Place Tags: Martha Stewart ElastiNote, available at Staples, www.staples.ca