Megan & John's Legend of Zelda geeky gamer union

June 27 2014 | offbeatbride  
Photos by: Tara Star Photography
Mapping the Cake
Photos by Tara Star Photography

The Offbeat Bride: Megan, Clerical administrator and crafter extrordinnaire

Her offbeat partner: John, IT Help Desk

Date and location of wedding: Ella's Garden, Tomball, Texas — April 19, 2014

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I researched wedding traditions and what expectations were, sometimes solely so I could break them. We just didn't want to conform. It really began with a visit to another friend's wedding with John, realizing that I would never do a lot of the more traditional stuff, like dancing (neither of us dance). Video games were the first thing to come to mind, and we added board games and more because of our obsession and growing collection due to TableTop web series.

First Marriage Game: Bride Wins!

Players assemble! The Wedding Party

Katamari Damacy Centerpiece

Groom's First Look

Tell us about the ceremony:
Our ceremony started with The Impressive Clergyman's speech from The Princess Bride. There were many geeky references in and around the ceremony. Before assembling a LEGO Triforce together, we exchanged Triforce rings while asking "Will you be my Player Two?" Our response was, "As you wish." Here are our vows and unity ceremony:

Megan's vows:

Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered,
I have fought my way here,
Beyond the goblin city,
To take back that which you have stolen.
For my will is as strong as yours,
And my devotion as great:
You have my heart, and I, yours.
It's been almost five years since I first tasted your yummy pot roast, after spotting your online profile on a dating website. The time has flown by, but seems like we've been together forever. And you're old.
John, you are a sweet man. You do your best to take care of me, and I appreciate you. You offer comfort and stability. You provide love and friendship. For as much as we enjoy each other's company, we also have diverse interests to cultivate away from each other.
My bear, I will try to be your honey… more often than a sour puss. I will bear your obnoxious nature. I vow to love and cherish you, until death do us part. I, Megan Quinn, knowingly and willingly take you, John Smith, to be my lawfully wedded husband.

Will you be my Player Two?

John's vows:

I'm not an easy man to know; my armor is thick and my shield broad, as it were. I suspect many of the people here never thought they would see this day, because I had long ago come to the conclusion that life is pain (and anyone who says otherwise is selling something). But that's just the surface, and down in my guts it's a different story. I would not say you've made me a different person, because that makes it sound like you've set out to change me, and we both know I'm forged of too stubborn a metal for that. I would say that you've made me more who I really am, and I would hope to say I have helped you to do the same.
So on this, the day of our wedding, when we put formal words to the partnership we've already formed, I will endeavor to help those we have gathered here to understand us.
I will strive to help you be what you wish to be, as best I can. I know it is not my place to tell you what to do, and I know you will treat me with a similar respect. That being said, neither of us is secretive with our opinions; I will do my best not to be too strident and I will trust you to do the same.

I will defend you as best I can. I cannot vow to defend you as I would myself, because I know that in your honor I will be less likely to show restraint. Help me to know when I have done enough, and try to understand that I mean no offense when I struggle to defend you from yourself. I will make every effort to know your mind and understand your thought. I will sometimes fail. But I ask that you forgive me, and know that I will continue to make the attempt. I will face each new day with you. I hope that we greet them all with the courage to face what comes, the power to overcome any obstacles, and the wisdom to pursue our happiness together. I, John Smith, knowingly and willingly take you, Megan Quinn, to be my lawfully wedded wife.

Courage, Power, Wisdom

Triforce unity ceremony:

The Triforce is a relic that reappears throughout the Legend of Zelda series. Hyrule's Triforce consists of three separate golden triangles: the Triforce of Power, the Triforce of Wisdom, and the Triforce of Courage. The Triforce has the power to grant the wish of whomever touches it, and molds the realm to reflect that person's heart. The Triforce does not discriminate between "good" or "evil". However, if a person without an equal balance of power, wisdom, and courage makes a wish, the Triforce will split into its three separate parts. Reassembly is then required for such a person's wish to be granted.
Play "Temple of Time" theme (from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), as the couple move to the unity stand and assemble 3 gold triangles into the shape of Triforce.

May the (Tri)Force be with them!

Yoshi's Island of Candy

She's Got a Ticket to Ride

Super Mario Bros. Piranha Plant Centerpiece

My funniest moment:
There was an announcement made at the reception, after a couple of guests tried nomming the 8-bit heart soap favors on the tables. We were all quite amused that it took a couple of bites for someone to realize that the black-cherry scented soap was not for eating. And then there were the toss fake-outs: a Bob-omb before the bouquet (played to "You Dropped a Bomb on Me") and a MegaMan Energy Tank before the garter. Not to mention the groom yelling out "Roll to hit!" as we exited the building, showered in dice.

Sword and Shield - Cutting the Groom's Cake

Roll to Hit!

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

  1. I failed to mention that the bridesmaids dresses are stylized Hylian races: the green one is Kokiri, the blue is Zora, and the yellow is Goron. All made by Shana Beth's Dress.

    • OMG! I Love, Love, LOVE The Legend of Zelda. I cosplay OoT Zelda and Skyward Sword Zelda. Your dress is so pretty and I love the royal crest on it. 🙂 I couldn't get FH to dress as Link because he insisted on wearing pants, lol. We're incorporating bits of LoZ into our wedding as well. We have similar cake toppers (LttP FTW!), our grand entrance into the reception will be the main theme from the 25th anniversary CD, and my garter will have on it a tag that says, "It's dangerous to go alone-take this!" I also plan on wearing my elf-cuffs ears at the reception.

  2. This is so awesome! I was looking for something neat to do for our unity that wasn't so blah. I think I may use this! We have a more Fallout NV post apocalyptic wedding but it's all gamerific!!! 😛

    • Thanks! We really struggled trying to select an appropriate unity ceremony. We came up with this shortly after seeing The Lego Movie and realized it would be perfect for us 🙂 We just went to the Lego store, shoved children out of the way, and gathered lots of golden yellow pieces. I worked out the triangle design and sent the lackey, er, hubby, to get multiples of all the pieces needed.

    • This made my squeal! ALL KINDS OF YES!

      What if your unity ceremony was launching some sort of rocket like in lonesome road?

  3. thanks for sharing your wedding.

    My fiancé and I are getting married July 26th and we are having a Zelda themed reception, our Familys are helping use make every thing (including the dresses).

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