Category Archives: Real Weddings
This couple’s love for superheroes sparked their relationship with a conversation about Batman and inevitably became the theme of their awesome wedding! The duo shared their Nightwing/Batgirl themed wedding on Imgur shot by Dianne Personett Photography complete with comic book bouquets, a reception themed after the Gotham City Police Department and Dick Grayson’s Haly’s Circus and many more batty touches.
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.”
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 font, mainly 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.
Above the Palos Verdes Peninsula sits the beautiful and fully restored 1920′s Spanish villa La Venta Inn; a picturesque location with panoramic views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean and the place where Melinda and Brian said “I do.”
On a late afternoon in fall photographer Karen Ard captured this geeky couple’s wedding, a mix of Doctor who, gambling, and one incredible nod to Back To The Future. “Filled with amazing details like Melinda’s apple bouquet, subtle Doctor Who references, and fun games acting as centerpieces at each table. The reception was buffet style with a casino theme so everyone wandered from table to table, playing and socializing. Loved it! Melinda and Brian even had prizes for the high rollers and the piñata was filled with candy and lotto tickets,” says Karen a Los Angeles based photographer.
Catherine and Tom stopped off at Oakland’s famous Phantom of The Attic, a regular hangout spot for the comic book loving duo, for some great portrait shots before heading over to their wedding filled with some creative geeky touches. Lots of superhero details went into their wedding from the reception table numbers and programs to the groom’s boutonnière which featured Tom’s favorite superhero, Spider-Man.
Photographer Matthew Blassey did an amazing job capturing this fun couple’s wedding day portraits, before heading over to their ceremony and reception being held in the event sized backyard of a close friend. “Tom and Catherine’s wedding day was a fitting example of why I love to shoot weddings”, says Matthew “The entire day was closely shared with an intimate group of friends and family, which nurtured a wonderfully warm and embracing feel for the celebration. Their day began at their apartment in Squirrel Hill. Tom, Catherine , and their bridal party made me feel very welcome, and allowed me to capture their personalities to such a level that by the end of the night I felt like I was just photographing friends.”
On October 17th, Stephanie and Shawn were pronounced husband and wife in an intimate ceremony performed by their pastor after having to cancel their October 13th wedding.
Five years later, the couple whose birthdays both fall on the 13th day of different months, decided to have the wedding they originally planned but never had. The theme for their second chance wedding, Halloween Chic, beautifully shot by Catchlight Photography featuring a haunting color scheme of red, black and white. “I know [the colors] are overly done,” says bride Stephanie, “but I just can’t get away from that color scheme. Halloween is our absolute favorite holiday (mine to) better than Christmas! Fall is amazing, nice and cool with pretty leaves (and fall is a big deal to my Florida family since there isn’t a fall down there).”
Having already tied the knot once before the two opted for a less traditional ceremony foregoing the exchanging of the rings. Instead, the couple choose to perform a handfasting. An European ceremony that dates back to pre-Medieval times and usually involves the tying or binding of the hands of the bride and groom with a cord or ribbon. “I have a 7 year old Stepson and really wanted to include him as much as possible, says Stephanie, “so we did a family handfasting with me, Hubby, and my Stepson. Instead of having the pastor wrap the ribbon around our hands, we had my Stepson wrap it (as well as his hand being included with ours).” Signifying that family is not made from blood but rather from love.
You may remember couple Stephanie and Jerred’s creative Sega Genesis inspired wedding invitations; their custom instruction manual was the invitation and the game’s cartridge, inspired by Scott Pilgrim, their save-the-date. Fast forward a couple months later to find these two have now become Husband and Wife, and of course, tied the knot with some great video game references incorporated into their Monte Verde Inn wedding!
“Jerred proposed to me during the fireworks at Disneyland,” says Stephanie, “and since we became engaged we knew we wanted to do something epic for our wedding. Video games have been a big part of our lives separately and a huge part of why we have such a fantastic relationship. We decided having aspects from some of our favorite games incorporated into the wedding would show who we really are as a couple.” Photographer Beth Baugher of True Love Photo did an amazing job capturing this fun couple’s wedding.