If you've been a reader of OBB for a while you will recognize the name Whitney Lee Photography — we've gotten so much amazing wedding porn from this Austin, Texas photography team that we've even assigned them their own tag! Well now Whitney Lee Photography is back to share Cat and Andrew's sci-fi, gamer nerd wedding goodness! And we're going to let the bride tell us about this awesome wedding. -Megan
What made your wedding offbeat: Wow, where to begin… Well, our main challenge was integrating our own nerdy interests into our wedding in ways that were clever and fun, without being so over the top as to freak out grandparents etc. Of course, none of them suspected that the piano pieces being played by our long time friend were actually arrangements of Nintendo's finest. 🙂
Little touches (like the raygun boutenniers) were also really special to us. A lot of steampunk touches made their way into our wedding, lots of jewlery and tidbits from Etsy, which was great even during the brainstorming process. Our steampunk “hero pose” photo was something we took even before planning the wedding, using costume pieces and props we constructed ourselves. And my mother was actually the one who insisted on the mini top hat, which surprised me (but in the best way).
Because we really wanted to cut loose with our friends (many of whom traveled across the country to be with us) we held a second party on the evening of the wedding day…
A friend DJ'd for us with anime and video game mixes, there was sushi, board games, and a photobooth corner with more props and costume pieces for people to dress up and pose. (A lot of costuming enthusiasts in our crowd, so this was a big hit!)
Our “guestbook” for the evening was a giant sketchpad (sort of running with our ‘Scribblenauts' theme) that our friends wrote and doodled their best wishes in. I'm keeping it *forever*.
Specially important to me was having everyone join Andrew and I in our first dance, which was a ton of fun!
What was your favorite moment: Since Andrew is a Chemist, and a big science nerd. His favorite moment (and that of many of our friends) was our special version of a candle lighting/unity ceremony. Instead of lighting candles together, we each poured a vase what looked like plain water into a large pitcher- causing an instant color change from clear to pink. Magic! (I mean… Science!) The audience gasped and applauded, and we were beaming.
I loved our cakes! We had a robo topper and worked in as many sci-fi references into the main wedding cake as possible. I was so excited about the reveal of the groom's cake, with many of Andrew's favorite game characters on the cake. Serving it to the guests reminded me of a little kid's birthday party. “Can I have the piece with Mario?” “I want Bowser!”
What was your biggest challenge: It was sort of tricky trying to plan what a lot of our family viewed as an unconventional wedding. I can't tell you how many times I was asked “So what are your colors????” only to have people utterly confused when I tried to explain that we weren't really going that route.
What's your advice to other brides: It's just a silly detail, but it's true what they say about often being so busy running around and shaking hands at a reception, you don't really get a chance to eat. I'm not gonna lie, we definitely stopped for tacos on the way from the morning reception to the hotel. (But our buddies joined us, so it was just a continuation of the festivities, right? 😀 )
Tell us about working with Whitney Lee Photography: Whitney was fantastic to work with. She made everyone (even some of my notoriously camera shy buddies) feel comfortable in front of the camera, and every photo I've seen fills me with those warm fuzzies you get of remembering a fun and amazing time.
If you would like Whitney Lee Photography to give YOU the warm fuzzies when you look back at your wedding photos, head over to the website and book 'em asap.
Enough talk show me the wedding inspo! Head over to Whitney Lee's photography blog so see more photos and even more nerdtastic details from Cat and Andrew's wedding!