Offbeat partner: Alexandra, Concept Artist and Illustrator
Offbeat partner: Adam, Lead QA for Video Games
Date and location of wedding: The Vintage Rose in Orange, CA — March 24, 2018
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
Our theme was our favorite video game, League of Legends. We wanted to incorporate our love of the game but still make our non-gamer guests comfortable. Even in the early stages of planning, we applied this theme.
Our save-the-dates, invites, and even our engagement photos included handmade illustrations made by me with some kind of League of Legends Easter egg. The invites includes a flower from my main champion, the character you play in the game. As for meal choices, instead of having chicken, steak, and fish, I also created icons based on champions from the game! Our save-the-date has us playing the game while we're in our wedding attire and even included a magnet of us in a mock-up loading screen. We continued these Easter eggs of the video game throughout the wedding with decoration, artwork, music, outfits, and even our vows.
My tiara was handmade by my friend and was modeled after Janna's tiara, another champion character I play. Our bouquet also included pins of Star Guardians from the game. It's a group of heroes who fight for friendship. There are five of them in the original group so I had myself and the five bridesmaids represent them. We also used the star motif in the headpieces my bridesmaid wore. The men wore pins on top of their boutionnieres depicting weapons from the game.
We also both come from different cultural backgrounds and wanted to highlight that on our special day as well.
Tell us about the ceremony:
We started off the processional with songs from our favorite TV show, Steven Universe. Adam and the bridal party walked down to "Lovely Like You" from the show while I walked down to the Main Theme song in an orchestral version. Entering a room with all my loved ones brought me to tears. One of our flower girls carried a teddy bear named Tibbers from League of Legends while the ring bearer carried a creature called a Poro that had our rings on it.
Our friend married us. He did a great job incorporating aspects of the video game without making it confusing to our non-gamer guests. Since we're also from different cultures that have different wedding traditions, we added a special session to include this. For my Vietnamese background, we added a tea ceremony where we honored our ancestors by pouring tea to our grandparents and parents. When they accept this tea, it's a symbol of them accepting us to their family. We used the opportunity to show our gamer love during the tea ceremony by playing Sheik's theme song from the Legend of Zelda. After that, we both broke glass and yelled "Mazel Tov!" to celebrate Adam's Jewish background.
We ended the ceremony by dancing down the aisle to "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede. Guardian's of the Galaxy was one of the first movies we watched together and we wanted an upbeat, fun song to celebrate our new marriage.
Tell us about your reception:
Our reception kicked off with our grand entrance. We choose songs from, you guessed it, League of Legends! The bridal party entered to "Warsongs Piercing Light" and struck their most fierce pose. While we entered to "Silver Scrapes." My painting of us was displayed in the background while we had our first dance to "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon.
Each guest was given a "Loot" Key, that also doubled as bottle openers and seat assignments. Each table was named after a champion we played from League of Legends. I had created artwork that was framed for each table. We also had a photo booth that included props from the game.
Our sweetheart table was also adorned with League of Legends characters. There was a sign saying "His Support and Her Carry," a role played by two people in the game to help make each other stronger. After we ate, I changed into a traditional Vietnamese dress which I danced the Hora (a traditional Jewish dance) in and my father/daughter dance.
I also created paper artwork of us with our champions' weapon fighting one of the main monsters in League of Legends for our cake topper. Our guestbook was a poster I made with us victorious in the fight for our guest to sign.
What was your most important lesson learned?
I think it's important for future couples to create a wedding that really reflects who they are. It's easy to get caught up on what your family wants, but if you focus on shining you and your partners personality through, people will have a great time. It's also very easy to get stressed up until the day of, but once the day comes, try to just enjoy it even if things don't go perfectly (and they often don't — that's life)!