This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding
Photos by Cricket's Photo & Cinema

Offbeat partner: Nia

Offbeat partner: Ryan

Date and location of wedding: Paradise Cove, Orlando, Florida — July 15, 2017

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

Our wedding theme was based on Square Enix's video game Kingdom Hearts. We both love the game and figured it would make a fun theme. After spending two years planning this wedding, I’ve rediscovered the very reason I fell love with this franchise. It’s a beautiful game with beautiful music and messages of love and friendship. It was the first game I ever fell in love with and it was so fitting to celebrate it with the first man who ever captured my heart.

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

Tell us about the ceremony:

During the ceremony, all of the music was coordinated with the game's soundtrack. Yoko Shimomura is an elegant composer and her music was perfect for a wedding.

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

My bridesmaids were made up to look like Disney princesses Jasmine, Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, and Alice. The groomsmen were Donald and Goofy. Our cocktail hour was accompanied by piano covers of her work by Moises Nieto and the official Kingdom Hearts Piano Collection. I think my favorite part however, was my husband's speedboat entrance. We timed it with more game music and it was a fun moment for everyone.

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts wedding proves video games can be totally elegant

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

Tell us about your reception:

Our reception started with my bridesmaid singing an acoustic cover of "Sanctuary" by Utada Hikaru for our first dance. It is the starting theme to the second game in the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

Since every table represented a different world within Disney, we started dinner with "Be Our Guest" and followed by other Disney classics.

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

We also had nitrogen ice cream provided by Private Island Ice Cream. Sea Salt ice cream is a special treat favored by the game's characters and the creator himself from his visits to Tokyo Disney. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to provide it to our guests.

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

What was your most important lesson learned?

When I told people I was having a video game-themed wedding, I was met with a lot of skepticism. Everyone imagined we would be in Halloween costumes and it would be overly childish. But I wanted to prove that making a video game themed wedding not look like an eight year old's birthday party was possible. I think every couple should have the opportunity and support to incorporate what they love into their celebration of love.

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

This Kingdom Hearts video game wedding

Vendors

  • Photography: Cricket's Photo & Cinema
  • Ice cream: Private Island Ice Cream
  • Wedding Coordinator: Ki
  • Hair: Shannon with Faces by Shannon
  • Makeup: Melissa Duran
  • Floral: Atmosphere Floral and Decor
  • DJ: Vinny from Soundwave Entertainment
  • Catering: Cocktails Catering
  • Cake: Sprinkles Custom Cakes
  • Gown: Justin Alexander from Bowties Bridal
  • Bridesmaids: Atom Attire
  • Suits: Men’s Warehouse
  • Ice Cream: John Eustace from Private Island Ice Cream
  • Officiant: Chad Sulak

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  1. Yes…just yes. The incorporation is strong enough without being overpowering and taking away from the wedding, but still wonderfully executed for an absolutely beautiful event. I might have been skeptical at first too, but every idea I read just had me more and more surprised and impressed!

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  2. "Everyone imagined we would be in Halloween costumes and it would be overly childish." Even though we actually WERE in Halloween costumes at our wedding we really did strive to make it not cutesy Halloween party. I think sometimes people have difficulty thinking outside the box and when they hear that a wedding has any sort of theme they imagine that the theme is going to be in your face the whole time. This was a beautiful example of how a theme can be present but subtle at the same time. Also, LOVE the hemline on the wedding gown. I have never seen that before and it looks so cool.

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  3. THANK YOU for posting such a great idea! As a fellow KH fan myself, seeing it come to life in a wedding is a fantastic idea, there are so many elements in the franchise that represent so much love and togetherness, I'm looking forward to using this as inspiration for our special day!

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