The offbeat bride: Celeste, Fandomania Assistant Editor and Podcast Co-Host (and OBT member)

Her offbeat partner: Jason, Online Comics/Collectibles Store Owner and Fandomania Managing Editor and Podcast Co-Host

Location & date of wedding: Orlando Science Center, Orlando, FL — 11.14.09

What made our wedding offbeat: We are both extremely geeky (we met at a convention while Jason was running the Joss Whedon programming track), which is why we chose the Orlando Science Center, specifically the Dino Digs room, as our venue.

Our geekiness showed subtly during the ceremony via the processionals (“Many Meetings” from LOTR and “Admiral and Commander” from Battlestar Galactica), along with the inclusion of G'Kar's “Declaration of Principles” from Babylon 5 as one of our ceremony readings (and we even got the guests to say “So Say We All!”). Also, our titanium wedding bands are engraved with the words “I know” (Star Wars reference).

Some other things that made the ceremony kind of “offbeat,” at least by probably most people's standards, were that it was not religious, we walked down the aisle together, I had a Best Man and Jason had a Best Woman, and I didn't change my name.

Each table at our reception was named after a fictional location from TV, movies, books, and video games (e.g., Sunnydale, Tatooine, Hogwarts, Rapture), indicated by signs and place cards I designed in Photoshop and printed. Additionally, we had a “First Rock Band Duet” along with our dances, which was a big hit.

Aside from being geeks, we're also both vegetarian, with me being vegan, so it was important to us that the wedding also reflect that. Accordingly, the entire affair was vegan, and everyone raved about the food, including the cake, which more than one person said was the best wedding cake they ever had!

Cake Table & T-Rex
A vegan cake at risk of being attacked by a T Rex!

Our biggest challenge: Definitely reconciling our desires with those of my parents, who were financing the wedding. The biggest issue was the food, as my parents had a hard time at first believing that a vegan meal could satisfy the wedding guests.

Neither of us drink, so originally we also wanted the wedding to be dry, but we compromised on that in order to achieve the more important goal of having a wedding in line with our moral beliefs.

Actually going to the tasting at the caterer's helped allay my parents' fears as well. Our caterer was awesome and provided us with great options.

And in the end, all the guests — even the ones who have given us a hard time before for our dietary choices — complimented the food and were impressed with the quality as well as the variety of food that they didn't expect at a vegan meal.

My favorite moment: There's not really one particular moment that stands out. The whole night was fabulous; having all our friends and family there supporting us and giving us so much love was amazing. Almost everyone came from out of town, some from out of state, to attend our wedding, so we really appreciated their being there. Since it was a relatively small group (just under eighty), we were able to spend at least a little time with each guest (of course, not as long as we would have liked!).

My offbeat advice: There is nothing wrong with following traditions as long as you understand why you're doing it. Following them blindly is not following them at all. This is basically the way I look at everything in life, but it was especially difficult during the wedding planning because EVERYTHING to do with weddings supposedly already has a “right way” of being done, and everyone has an opinion on what that is.

First Rock Band DuetBeing yourself should always be the goal. You may have to make allowances to expand that to include other people involved in the wedding as we did, but you should not have to compromise any major part of yourself for your wedding. Conversely, you shouldn't feel like you need to buck every tradition just because it's a tradition. If you like it and it makes sense to you, then go for it. If it doesn't, then scrap it. That's my advice for wedding planning and for life. =)

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Comments on Celeste & Jason’s geeky, vegan, sci-fi extravaganza

  1. This wedding looks so rad! I absolutely love it! The first thing that caught my eye, besides the beautiful dress she is wearing is naming the table Caprica City – I'm a huge Battlestar geek! Everything is so beautiful and geeky and cute! I'm jealous.

  2. Hey Celeste,
    I’m having a super hard time coming up with the menu for my vegan wedding on April 24th. What was your menu? I need some good ideas! Were there things that the guests liked and didn’t like?

    • We had a buffet which made it easier to please everyone, I think. Here's our full menu:

      Hors d'Oeuvres: (served during cocktail hour)
      – Avocado & Asparagus sushi
      – Sweet Potato Fries
      – Eggplant & Roasted Pepper Tapenade on grilled tuscan bread

      Pre-Set Salad & Rolls with Earth Balance margarine

      Buffet Dinner:
      – Seasonal Fresh Fruit
      – Breaded Eggplant in Marinara (cheeseless "eggplant parm")
      – Penne Aglio e Olio
      – Yukon Gold & Parsnip Mashed Potatoes
      – Oak Grilled Vegetables (eggplant, squash, zucchini, asparagus, red onions, etc.)
      – Green Beans Almondine

      – Chocolate-dipped strawberries
      – Fruit tarts
      – Napoleons

      – Vanilla (vanilla filling & fondant exterior)
      – Chocolate cupcakes

      I didn't really hear anything specific about what the guests didn't like. We pretty much tried to avoid anything that was like "Hey, this is vegan food!" because, even though we love tofu and think that most people probably would too if they actually tried it, we didn't really want to draw attention to it so much as stuff people full of awesome food they probably never even thought about being vegan in the first place. =) So, I'm sure some guests didn't like some things, as would always be the case, but overall I think most people liked most of it because we tried to have a variety. Though it's also possible nobody told me what they didn't like out of politeness =)

      • Thanks for posting the menu! I think using this as an example will go a long way in helping to convince my FH that a vegetarian reception IS possible. We have a lot of strictly meat and potatoes type people on both sides of the family. Farmers. *sigh*

  3. Awww you're wedding sounds so wonderful! I love the "so say we all" bit, me and my h2b are big BSG geeks, he's also a big star wars geek too. I'm going to phone him now and tell him about your amazing wedding, we're also going to include the BSG music into our day, we especially like "Roslin and Adama" but not sure where to put it during our day yet. Thank you for sharing you're lovely day, I love reading Offbeat Bride here in the UK.

    • We had a "so say we all" moment during our wedding too with all our guests in call and response and I have to say it's one of my favorite moments. 🙂

    • you can hire out the Natural History Museum London for events, in the main room with the big dinosaur 🙂

  4. Oh, absolutely wonderful. I love the pictures, the location- everything looks so beautiful and everyone seems to be having so much fun!

  5. OMG I love the T-rex!!!!!! I want one in my wedding photos!!!! But there aren't any around, so I have to settle for shotguns. *sigh* 😀

  6. OMG! Our processional is "Admiral and Commander," too! I love everything about this wedding.

  7. Thanks so much for posting your wedding. We're having our wedding at the Museum of Science in Boston. It's fun to see what other people have done with a similar venue.

  8. This is amazing! I live in Orlando and have been picturing myself having what I swear is this *exact same wedding* for about a year! Sci-fi vegans at the OSC…omg.

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