The Offbeat Bride: Brenda, Engineering CAD Technician
Her offbeat partner: Julio, HVAC Insulator
Date and location of wedding: Apulent Events and Catering – Shilshole Bay Beach Club, Seattle, WA — July 20, 2012
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We are big video gamers and so we wanted the wedding to be about us and our love for video games, while keeping the wedding fun and elegant. It started out with the wedding colors: Sonic the Hedgehog blue and Yoshi green. We also had the wedding party wear video game characters on cufflinks and necklaces. We continued the video game theme by having our ceremony music based on various video games, including musical themes from Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and even Super Mario World.
A close friend of ours did the video game art portraits for all of the wedding tables and we had matching escort cards based on various video game titles. We featured signature cocktails named "Electric Sonic and Yoshi-tini." As for our wedding favors, they were an assortment of candy tins in the shape of video game characters, Nintendo controllers, and Zelda shields. Even our cake topper was video game-themed with Sonic the Hedgehog as the Groom and Amy the Hedgehog as the Bride.
Tell us about the ceremony: For our ceremony, we went with a sand ceremony where I had a glass vase of royal blue sand and Julio had a glass vase of emerald green sand and we each poured the colored sand to be combined in unity as one. As our pastor explained, "There are millions of pieces that make up who and what you are individually and who you both can be together. The beautiful thing about sand is that once it's mixed you can never separate the millions of small parts."
Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was putting together the hand-made details. The hanging video game escort cards took a very long time to construct. Having a computer aided drafting background, I had to edit the video game images using computer drafting software, and then print out and cut each of the images with scrapbooking tools and accessories.
My favorite moment: There are so many memorable moments of our wedding. Our introductory song to our reception was ACDC's Thunderstruck. The bridal party speeches were very heartfelt tearjerkers and our first dance was also memorable as it was the very first time we had ever had a slow dance together. Also, during the reception we had a blast watching a few people have a break dance battle and seeing all the kids on the dance floor.
My funniest moment: I have two — getting cake frosting on Julio's face and also the first few failed attempts at tossing the garter. Julio couldn't launch it far enough the first time and then on the second try a few of the guys decided to dive for it.
Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The weather in Seattle was unpredictable that day. We had plans of having an outdoor ceremony and early in the morning it was thundering and raining but luckily by the end of the day it had dried up and the sun was able to make an appearance during our afternoon ceremony.
My advice for Offbeat Brides: A wedding can be video gamer geeky, and still feel elegant!
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Photographer: Amore Studios
- Officiant: Rev. Darrell Goodwin at Liberation Ministries
- Hair and Make-up: I Love Blush
- Wedding Cake/Cupcakes: Eriesistable Crieations
- Venue: Apulent Events and Catering
- Music/DJ: DA Productions
- Florist: Seattle Floral Design
- Invitations/Wedding Programs: UrbanBelleDesigns
- Wedding art portraits: Roland Sabalza
- Video game cufflinks, necklaces, boutonniere and feather hair pieces were found on Etsy.
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!