Alysa & Ansell's geektastic extravaganza wedding

January 14 |

This week we're celebrating our sci-fi-loving, fantasy-squeeing, and comic book-collecting couples. That's right: it's geek week!

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Photos by Nicole Pomeroy

The Offbeat Bride: Alysa, (Freelance Illustrator)

Her offbeat partner: Ansell, part time filmmaker

Date and location of wedding: My in-laws' front yard, Buxton, ME — September 8, 2012

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We tried to incorporate a lot of our favorite things, such as our favorite colors (his: purple, mine: green). Our cake topper had little action figures of Rogue and Gambit from X-Men, since that is really the reason we started talking to each other way back in high school. Also repping our geek pride, I made a TARDIS as our card box. We really wanted to make it fun for everyone, so we also included a bounce house and sno-cone machine!

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We saved a TON of money just using Ansell's parents' house as the venue. We also made friends with the local meat market, Hoggy's, and turned our event into a BBQ/potluck sort of thing. People could bring dishes if they wanted to contribute to the party. One of my friends/bridesmaids made our cake for us. Friends and family really helped out a lot!

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Tell us about the ceremony: We didn't want a long ceremony, so we really kept it short and sweet. We also added a little pagan blessing in there, since I am pagan, and Ansell is very open-minded.

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Our biggest challenge: My biggest challenge was accepting the fact that Mom wasn't going to be there. She passed away in 2009 and it's been really hard getting over it, and I probably never will. I was sad for the whole week before, but while the wedding happened, I was as happy as could be because I knew mom would be smiling down on me.

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My favorite moment: Mostly spending time with friends and family who we don't usually get to see. Some of my mom's friends from Minnesota even came. It meant a lot to see them, since my mom couldn't be there (even though I know she was there in spirit for the whole thing).

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My funniest moment: We lost power a few times! It was super windy that day, and losing power made the bounce house deflate, then inflate, then deflate again!

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Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? I actually didn't expect anything disastrous. I made it a point not to. It was tough at first, but eventually I just let things happen how they were meant to, though the loss of power several times did take me by surprise!

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My advice for Offbeat Brides: Keep a checklist! If I didn't have one, nothing would have gotten done.

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What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Don't sweat the small stuff… most people don't notice or care.

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Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

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  1. It's true that you never really get over losing someone that close. I heard somewhere that it's like getting a serious leg injury–it'll never heal completely, and you'll walk with a limp for the rest of your days. My dad died in the same year as your mom, and I'm definitely still limping.

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  2. Wow, who drew that fantastic zombie photo? It's great!

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  3. WOW! awesome wedding! I love the relaxed and very personal style of the bride. I see this in my daughter's future as she is a comic/anime geek! Brilliant and original ideas! Bravo and congratulations

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  4. The reason you guys lost power sometimes is because there was too much awesome in the air.
    For srs, this looks great. Should I get married and someone said "We're going to copy this wedding exactly" I would be totes fine with that. Great art, great cake, love the dress, BOUNCE HOUSE!!!! :)

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  5. That dress is to die for! You look so happy and beautiful!

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  6. I lost both my parents before I even met my husband. You never do get over it. Yet your Mom will always be with you!

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  7. Wow you guys look awesome! I love your dress and coming from Maine myself DB is about all thats up here but you found a wonderful one. My fiance and I are getting married this December in Mechanic Falls and are also doing a potluck/buffet. Congratulations

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  8. Aw man, I missed submitting my wedding in time for geek week. Sad face.

    This wedding looks amazing, though. Sno-cones. Win.

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    • While you may have missed getting it in for this iteration of Geek Week, we run geeky weddings pretty much year-round. GIT ON IT!

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