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 Effect
fans, 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 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.
Returning home from a trip to the Philipines Lyssa, a self-professed geek and jewelry designer at Melissa Dawn Jewelry, was about to receive the surprise of her life inside this manila envelope.
Mass Effect is Lyssa’s favorite video game series so when she was handed an envelope with N7 written on the front she assumed it was just a welcome home gift from her boyfriend. “Commander, you have a new message at your private terminal,” Lyssa was told as she was handed the envelope by a friend. Inside, was a photo of her boyfriend with the Mass Effect conversation wheel asking for a response to the phrase “will you marry me?”
Here comes the bride all dressed in her…female Commander Shepard armor from Mass Effect
? Maybe not today, but I’m sure she thought about it. As an experienced costumer, armorer and prop builder bride Holly Conrad is well known for her incredible cosplay as you can see from the many videos on her YouTube channel
. However, for this geeky bride’s wedding day Holly choose to leave her N7 armor at home, opting for a cute and short silver dress inspired by the couple’s wedding theme which incorporated Holly’s love for Mass Effect
and Ross’ love of Doctor Who
“Everything was Space and Time themed (even the flowers!),” says Holly, “since I’m a special effects artist and cosplayer and HUGE Mass Effect fan, the cake was the Normandy. And Ross is a big Doctor Who fan, so he wore the official Magnolia Clothing 10th Doctor suit. We also have a Delorean and had it set up outside for awesome Delorean Photoshoot times.”
Anna, a clay artist based in Seoul, South Korea creates handmade, unique and adorable wedding cake toppers. “I have focused on the teaching for a long time and started to make a sculpture with clay in 2005 and now its been 5 years. Within these years I exhibit my sculptures to Character Festival in LA, 2006 and another Character Festival in Khan, 2007. Those expriences make me sure that people will love my sculpture…” You can order a pre-made cake topper from her Etsy shop, Anna Crafts, or have her create a custom topper to resemble you and your significant other.
Just finished playing Mass Effect 3 so I thought I’d show a little love toward the series on the blog today with an inspiration board. Hope your wedding has a happier ending then the one in the game. Mass Effect is a sci-fi action role-playing video games series developed by the Canadian video game company BioWare. The trilogy centers around Commander Shepard and his/her mission to save the galaxy from a race of mechanical beings known as the Reapers.
Photographer Matt Hudson came up with the design and idea for a Mass Effect themed groom’s cake. The wording was rephrased a bit to fit on the cake to make it legible, but they made it work. Matt also chose the design of the first normandy to make the size and the complexity a little lower than by using the second one. Matt says, “I had to give the cake artist some leeway, otherwise the cake I actually wanted was 2x this size, and was way more than what we needed.”