When they wanted their wedding to be as personal as they could make Clara and Justin opted out of anything they didn’t feel connected to: the garter toss, the first dance and clinking glasses. Instead, says Clara, “we looked at each piece and tried to figure out how to make it represent one of our geeky interests.” They did just that, incorporating all their favorite fandoms from Doctor Who to Portal into their wedding.
Beginning with their Save the Date, made by friend and artist Violet Hope, the couple wanted to reference as many of their favorite TV shows, movies, and video games they both enjoy. Can you name all 30 of them?
On a secluded hilltop sits Stonehurst in Waltham, MA the venue for Clara and Justin’s wedding amidst 109 acres of conservation land. Photographer JP Langlands captures the couple in all their geekiness from the groom in his Eighth Doctor inspired suit to the bride walking down the aisle to the song “Na Go Mi” from the anime Rurouni Kenshin.
“We chose musicians (cello, harp, flute) who played music from Zelda, Myst, Kenshin, Princess Bride, and Castlevania…We had a DJ who played songs from Diablo, The Shining, Twin Peaks, and Myst during dinner. I also got him to play a mix of “Single Ladies” with a World of Warcraft parody song called “Ninja Raiders.” Subtle but great nod to WoW.”
Clara made the couple’s seating chart inspired by Starcraft ”as if you were about to start a game,” says Clara, each “Team” became a table. I made it using GIMP a couple weeks before the wedding and had it printed poster sized.”
Their wedding programs had a map of the venue done in Harry Potter Marauder’s Map style.
The couple’s centerpieces were plushies of a Portal Turret, Adipose, Enterprise, AT-AT, Bilbo and Hobbit, Link, Protoss Probe, Bacon (“because.. bacon!” says Clara) and a Chain Chomp which were raffled off to guests.
Their envelope box was painted by the bride to look like the Horadric Cube from Diablo.
“Our cakes were AMAZING. They were made by Cakes by Erin. One was a Portal themed cake, which showed a completed level that I custom wrote with some friends. There ended up being a few logical errors in the cake level, but it looked fairly cool still. There were internal lights so that the portal effect could be seen. It was done with two brides and two grooms set up with two interior rooms made to look like the other sides.”
“The other cake was Doctor Who themed as the Eighth Doctor’s console. This one turned out REALLY amazing. It’s incredible the amount of detail they put in. The cakes also tasted wonderful. These cakes were expensive but everyone was blown away by how they looked.
“We had a TARDIS as a photo booth! The groom’s best friend worked eight months to make a full sized TARDIS from scratch. A month before the wedding, we drove out to his place 6 hours away and rented a U Haul to bring it back. We kept it a secret from most of our wedding guests. Everyone loved taking photos in front of it, and the police officer even took a photo! The thread about the build is at Tardisbuilders.com“
“We made our wedding rings through A Weddingring Experience a couple months before the wedding. It was really fun to smelt the metal, file, roll, solder, hammer, and more to make them ourselves. The jeweler, Ann Cahoon, was awesome. It’s definitely more expensive than just buying your wedding bands, but it made the process much more meaningful and cool.”
Vendors: Photographer: JP Langlands/Cakes: Cakes by Erin/Dress: Etsy Seller lassdress/Flowers: Etsy Seller RBKCreations/Ring Bearer Pillow: Etsy Seller RedPandaGifts/Centerpieces: Etsy Sellers mrsmom10, TheRoadsTownCrafts, and more!/Wedding Rings: A Wedding Ring Experience/Venue: Stonehurst/Groom’s vest: Harper Della-Piana/TARDIS: Groom’s best friend Jay Bergeron/Save the Date: Violet Hope