Morgan & Matt's robot love fest wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#blue dress#brooch bouquet#clutches#fall weddings#geeky weddings#handfasting#ipod#LEGO#multi-colored dress#non-floral centerpiece#parasols#print dress#reception dress#seattle#washington Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted May 13 2013) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Lydia Chen Photography Robots and aliens have invaded weddings this week! It's making me want to break it down in a binary solo. This couple had all their guests bring something robo-related, including a mini mechanical baby! Photos by Lydia Chen Photography The Offbeat Bride: Morgan, video game writer/designer Her offbeat partner: Matt, software engineer Date and location of wedding: Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA — September 22, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We are, at our very essences, extremely silly people. In preparation for the wedding, everything I sent to friends and family ended with: "Remember, if you look around and find that you don't know what to do next, the answer is: whatever is the most fun. The number one rule of robo-wedding is to have fun." The idea of having a "robot wedding" was what helped us shape our wedding into what it needed to be for us: geeky, colorful, and fun. We asked our friends and family to bring robots, whatever that meant to them. Some got temporary tattoos, remote-controlled robot dinosaurs, jewelry, handmade robot quilts and pillows, decorated tights with circuit patterns, and dressed their babies up as robots. Tell us about the ceremony: Our friends and family provided all the music. My brother and his girlfriend played Beirut's "Postcards from Italy" on the banjo and violin as we came out, and Matt's childhood friend played the bagpipes for our exit. We had a few special readings, but one stood out. It was a conversation between Inigo and Fezzik from The Princess Bride (the book): 'Look: we can't go back and we certainly don't want to stay here, so we just must keep on going as we were before these little things happened. Down. Down is our direction… but I can tell you're a bit edgy about all this, so, out of the goodness of my heart, I will let you walk down not behind me, and not in front of me, but right next to me, on the same step, stride for stride, and you put an arm around my shoulder, because that will probably make you feel better, and I, so as not to make you feel foolish, will put an arm around your shoulder, and thus, safe and protected, we will descend.' 'Will you draw your sword with your free hand?' 'I already have. Will you make a fist with yours.' 'It's clenched.' 'Then let's look on the bright side: we're having an adventure… and most people live and die without being as lucky as we are.' Our biggest challenge: Narrowing things down, both in the scope of the theme, and with our guest list. Our initial list was almost twice as long as the final list, and our reception venue had a strict headcount limit. Trying to figure out how to bring it down to a reasonable and affordable length was difficult, and the whole process didn't end completely smoothly. There were some hurt feelings, but I think people have forgiven and forgotten. My favorite moment: I found our handfasting to be just the right way to symbolize our union. It allowed us to bring all of our immediate family into the ceremony, and at such an emotionally intense moment, I found myself so overwhelmingly happy and grateful to have a single moment where each of them shared it with us. Our dances were also some of the most magic moments. Matt and I are dancers, and that first dance was definitely the most emotionally intense moment of the entire experience. We blues-danced to an acoustic version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Hysteric." It's hard to put it into words, but the rest of the world definitely did melt away at that moment. On the flip side, but equally wonderful, was my first dance with my father. My father's an amazing dancer as well, and he and I went for a fast-paced swing dance that segued from just us to the whole group. Lastly, our ceremony was held in a public park. I think this idea might scare a lot of people, but the thing of it is that people love weddings, and everyone wants to share your happiness. Strangers clapped and cheered, and that helped make our day special. Even the disruptions added flavor, like the teenagers who ran by shouting "YOLO" and the byplane that drowned out part of our vows. My funniest moment: There was a moment that was not meant to be funny, but it was in the end. Matt spent many hours designing and building a remote-controlled LEGO robot ring bearer. It was meant to be a surprise, and our officiant panicked in the last second and picked the robot up rather than passing the controls to the flower girl. The robot's head popped off, with LEGOs and rings scattering. Whenever I tell the story, I can't help but laugh. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? When you're budgeting, make sure to think about what parts are really important so you don't cut corners with the things that are a priority. The only real disaster in our wedding was the dance party. We decided to go with iPod and the reception hall's sound system, which they had said was just recently upgraded. Unfortunately, once we turned the music up to dancing volume, the tuner would overheat and shut down. We couldn't really get the music up loud enough to get people excited about dancing. Knowing how important dancing is to us, our friends danced anyway with us, but it didn't last as long as we would have liked. It didn't ruin the day, but it did cast a shadow. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Lydia Chen Photography Dress: Wai-Ching Male accessories: Cosmic Firefly Invitation/thank-you design: Brad Lockhart Design Cake topper and other decor: Forgotten Robots Catering/reception venue: Ravishing Radish Peacock bridesmaid dress: Amazon More inspiration: My Pinterest boards Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Wai-Ching PREVIOUS Picture your entire wedding party in socks from Sock Dreams (plus win free socks)! NEXT A reader round-up full of smiles, tears, cheers, and FEELS! Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] How adorable and very different! I love the robot theme, you can see a lot of work has gone into the preparations for this wedding Reply That is a most excellent reading. Reply Those. Robots. They are perfect. May I steal the idea of using them as a cake/cupcake stand topper? Reply Of course! 🙂 Reply LOVE LOVE LOVE Wai-Ching dresses. I didn't end up getting one myself, but seeing yours makes me wish I had. Lovely. Reply YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Morgan has been one of my superfriends for eons. I love her, and this is exactly the wedding she deserved. I was unable to attend because of work/money garbage, which was extra lame, but the photos are almost like being there. (Kinda.) Here's the blog post I wrote on it just before her event: http://pantherqueen.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/o-frabjous-day/ Morgan is LE BEST. She wins all the internets and everything. So happy you guys featured her & Matt, they rock. 🙂 <3 Reply THAT WAS OUR READING TOO!!! So excited 🙂 Reply Stunning idea!! love the photos also.. Reply I. love. EVERYTHING ABOUT this ENTIRE WEDDING. Those robot cake toppers are the most adorable things I've ever seen and the tables look -fantastic-, and the public park setup makes me -so- happy and the readings were brilliant and jesus, the -whole thing- just makes my heart sing!! Good work, guys!! <3 Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.