Jem & Ellen's Doctor Who adventure wedding #Real Weddings: Global#doctor who#europe#geeky#mama bride#sci-fi#uk April 15 2014 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Daniel Ackerley Photos by Daniel Ackerley The Offbeat Groom: Jem His offbeat partner: Ellen Date and location of wedding: Woodland Manor Hotel, Clapham, Bedford, UK — June 1, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: I have always been a huge Doctor Who fan and I whisked Ellen off in the TARDIS for this exciting adventure in time and space. I wore the 11th Doctor's outfit and Ellen even managed to track down the same Paul Smith shirt that Matt Smith wore in his first series. The bridesmaids wore TARDIS blue dresses, and our son Elliot wore a bow tie. Ellen's amazing dress wasn't intended to be a Doctor Who reference at all, but it was remarkably similar to the one Karen Gillan, as Amy Pond, wore in "The Big Bang" episode. The guests included K9, built by me, and a Dalek. A star chart guided guests to their tables, named after planets from Doctor Who. The table centrepieces were designed and built by me, inspired by the central column of the TARDIS console. The lighting in the centrepieces was infrared-controlled and could change colour with a flick of my sonic screwdriver. The favours were little jars of Jelly Babies, decorated with the Seal of Rassilon and a burgundy bow. Ellen's sister made the fabulous wedding cake, based on a gold/white Dalek design. The opening music for the disco was "Space and Time" by VNV Nation, and the DJ's final set began with the brilliant Green Day/Timelords mashup "Doctor Who on Holiday" by Dean Gray. Related Post Emily & Greg's wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey "time and luck" wedding The Day of the Doctor is coming in honor of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. What better way to relish in one of our fave fandoms... Read more Tell us about the ceremony: Time went a bit wibbly-wobbly on the day with the bride getting lost in the time vortex (aka the A428 Cambridge to Bedford road) and arriving half an hour late for the ceremony. But it all went well after that. Here's an excerpt from my wedding speech: I'm not really the Doctor. I'm not a Time Lord. I don't have two hearts. I'm not from Gallifrey. I don't have a time machine and I don't go whizzing around time and space with a wide-eyed girl in a short skirt. When I was a kid I used to live for Saturday evenings, sitting through those interminable football results, wishing Grandstand would hurry up and finish. My one heart beating rapidly as the continuity voice to announce a brand new, exciting adventure in time and space for Doctor Who. That familiar eerie music would start and I'd be whisked away to distant planets and futuristic space stations with wobbly walls and inhabitants made from bubble wrap and sellotape. Like many fans, I was completely bereft when it was taken off air in 1989. But somehow I persuaded this amazing woman to let me bring my childhood fantasy with us on this very, very special day. Like the Doctor and River Song, we never do things in the right order. Traditionally we'd have got married, bought a house, and then had kids. We bought a house, then had our three wonderful children, and after only 15 years we got married. She really is "the girl who waited." And here we are. It's a Saturday evening and this time it really is the start of a brand new and exciting adventure. I feel like a Time Lord on the planet Gallifrey. I even have a TARDIS, a robot dog, and a Dalek to battle… and a stunningly beautiful companion to share this adventure. Today, I am the Doctor and I really do have two hearts. Mine and hers. Our biggest challenge: Building the props was challenging and far more time-consuming that we thought, especially the centrepieces. The six centrepieces were finished only the day before the wedding. Plan ahead and plan early! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Daniel Ackerley Venue: Woodland Manor Hotel Groom's shirt: Paul Smith Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS What's the opposite of Bridezilla? 4 ways wedding planning made me a better person NEXT Safeguard your rings by substituting Ring Pops Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] I just.. I can't even. This is amazing. I have no words. Well, aside from BRILLIANT! 11 agree Reply Goodness at that speech! I'm about to cry over here. 14 agree Reply I just love the blue bridesmaid dresses!! I also love the center piece and the cake is pretty cool too. Nice wedding photos. Congratulations!! 4 agree Reply Oh man, that SPEECH! My eyes welled up, big time. This is the best Doctor Who wedding I've ever seen by a long shot. Those centerpieces! 6 agree Reply Love it! The Whovian in me squealed in glee. And that was a great speech. 6 agree Reply I missed a couple of shopping links. Hopefully it's OK to add these as comments: Dalek from http://www.whostuff.co.uk TARDIS from http://www.hireatardis.com Table Plan poster from Signs Express Peterborough http://www.signsexpress.co.uk 5 agree Reply thanks so much for this Jem, your wedding looks amazing, myself and my fiance is planning a whovian wedding next year, he is wearing the same suit that matt wore to amys wedding and in the "lets kill hitler" episode. We are unable to have a actual tardis or dalek due to budget but have a inflatable dalek and a tent style tardis. Totally love your table plan and was trying to find out how you did it, so glad you posted the details. Although looking on the site cannot find anything about it. its all business stuff, did you design it and they just printed it? Reply Yes, I designed the table plan using "Xara Photo and Graphic Designer" software and then sent it to the printers. It wasn't very expensive. Your "Let's Kill Hitler" idea sounds really fun and I hope it goes really well. If you're on a budget, you can get life-size cardboard standees that look really brilliant. http://amzn.to/1zgdcT1 I know one company even makes a life-size three dimensional cardboard TARDIS as well. Reply wow ,you designed the table plan, is there any chance you would be able to do one for me? I absolutely love it so much, could pay you. have also looked on ebay at the lifesize cardboard standees just trying to decided which ones, have alos go a load of different figurines to stand inside fishbowl centerpeices for each planet – Slitheen for raxocorophalapatorius, ice warriors for mars, ood for oodsphere, weeping angels for alfalva metatrix Reply This is such an amazing wedding! That speech! Those centerpieces! That TARDIS! I'm dying over here. I NEED A DOCTOR! 2 agree Reply "Today, I am the Doctor and I really do have two hearts. Mine and hers." That gave me goosebumps. SO well done – every last detail! <3 <3 8 agree Reply Amazing. Everything is simply amazing. You've got a brilliant mind to pull all this off. Your lady-love is very lucky to have you. 🙂 1 agrees Reply OMG! I think I just exploded from all the fangirl squee-ing I just did. You look like you had an absolutely amazing day! Reply My daughter is having a Dr. Who sweet 16. I absolutely love the centerpieces you had at your wedding. Would you mind sharing the specifics on how to make them? Thank you 2 agree Reply I cannot love this more. Absolutely brilliant! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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.