Alison & Adam’s Dynamic Duo / Comic Book / Superhero Wedding
I’m excited to share today’s feature with you because it’s just dripping with creativity, personality, and fun and quirky DIY inspiration! Alison and Adam love books so they decided to theme their celebration around “dynamic duos” in literature. And because Adam happens to be an artist, he illustrated everything — from their whimsical comic book invites and ceremony programs to an interactive “Where’s Waldo”-inspired poster starring the couple & their friends! The comic theme was carried out further through the cuff links Adam and his groomsmen wore, to the masks and capes the bride & groom donned in their portraits.
This pair is so adorable — don’t worry, you’ll get to see their faces in a while! We have a Poptastic Bride fave, Caitlin of Illinois-based Hazelton Photography to thank for the wonderful images on this page (see all of our featured shoots by her). Here’s what she had to say about the day:
Adam and Alison were married on the most gorgeous March day anyone could ask for. Right from the beginning, I was a “nerd for this wedding” (I am quoting myself – that was my facebook status that day)! From the lovely bride and her mom’s adorable house, to the beautiful old church, and then all of the amazing personalized details related to comics and the history of the couple! We even got to shoot at one of my all time FAVORITE spots to shoot in between — at Leroy Oakes in St. Charles. Everything was so great, by the time the wedding ended my assistants and I felt like we had made new friends!
When Caitlin told me a few months back that she was about to shoot a comic book wedding, I reserved a spot for it in my publication schedule right then and there! Well I already knew her photos were going to be great, plus how can I not feature a celebration with such an awesome theme? When the images arrived, I found that Alison and Adam’s wedding was everything I expected and more! Ahhh I will stop gushing now so you can see for yourself . Ready? Let’s go.
Let’s get to know our bride and groom a bit better. Here’s the beautiful Alison to tell us more about herself and Adam:
Adam and I both grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we both competed in a few high school track meets together (I was more of a sprinter, he a long distance runner). This probably may come as no surprise, Adam is a middle school art teacher while I teach 1st/2nd multiage. With our summers off, we have been lucky to travel quite a bit and hope to eventually venture outside of the country – our goal is to visit Africa. We are also blessed with wonderful family and friends.
Everything in this wedding oozes with the couple’s personalities, from their comic book invitations to these yearbook style ceremony booklets!
Adam gave our program a high school yearbook feel with things like “Couple Most Likely to Get Married,” and “People Most Likely to Pay for Our Wedding” to introduce the key people in our wedding.
Artistic Adam drew this “Where’s Waldo” inspired illustration starring the couple and their friends! Love it! Below’s a closer look:
Alison’s back to talk about their wedding:
For some personal reasons, Adam and I chose to marry in a chapel instead of a church. We were truly lucky to discover Trinity Chapel in Wheaton, IL. Built in the 1870s, the chapel is lined with stunning stained glass windows and had such a warm, inviting feel to it.
Mike’s father happens to be a judge and we were honored that he presided over our wedding. Having someone who knew us as a couple gave the ceremony a more intimate feel.
Adam and his best friend Mike have been friends since the 1st grade where their love of the White Sox and being shorter than your average 1st grader created an instant bond between them.
The groom and his best man subtly got their geek on via 007 and Green Lantern cufflinks.
Photos of the bride & groom taken during different stages of their lives adorn the pews! Such a cool idea!
Another personal touch — the couple holding their parents’ wedding photos as they kiss!
More from Alison:
The wedding party consisted of family and close friends and they truly made the day way more special than we could have hoped for! Their willingness to help us out still makes us feel overwhelmingly grateful…holding my train, cleaning up the trolley, wearing superhero costumes, etc. …you name it, they did it all with a smile!
After taking pictures at a local forest preserve, our reception was held at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva, IL.
Cool DIY idea — decorate cardboard initial cutouts with cork stoppers from wine bottles!
Alison shares how they got started with the wedding planning:
Since Adam and I are one of the last couples to marry amongst our friends, we both had been to several weddings. We knew from the get-go that we wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple while still maintaining some of the more classic elements of a wedding. Looking at the typical wedding magazines scared the pants off of me (although the “real” weddings were beautiful, we did not have the money in our budget to hire a wedding planner to plan such an exquisitely detailed wedding), so we turned to blogs and Pinterest to guide us through the planning stages. One passion that Adam and I both share is a love of books. Almost immediately after he proposed, Adam asked to design our wedding invitation in the style of a comic book. Although we didn’t know it at the time, Adam’s comic book invitation became the springboard for so many of the elements that reflected us.
More personal touches in their reception decor: a Tardis card box, little Lego figures and dolls with knitted clothing made by the groom’s grandma!
We also both love Dr. Who – which explains the Tardis on our gift table but also why the guys wore bow ties. As Dr. Who tells us, bow ties are cool. :)
Since we were being portrayed as a dynamic duo, we chose to name our tables after other famous literary duos. I chose characters from some of my favorite children’s books, like Mo Willem’s Piggie and Elephant, while Adam selected some of his favorite comic book characters, like Green Lantern and Green Arrow. We also both grew up loving “Where’s Waldo?” so Adam used that as an inspiration for our wedding programs. I also incorporated a quote from a children’s book into my vows.
During the reception…
There were a few unexpected surprises – again from our awesome wedding party – the “Holy crap – they actually did it!” signs were a great addition to our entrances. Mike and Ben’s speech welcoming me into their “Team Un,” a pick-up basketball team Adam has been dying to be on since high school was another highlight as well as the colored wigs given to Adam, who has always been jealous of his brother’s naturally curly hair (hey- who wouldn’t want an afro?!). We had so much fun dancing with our family and friends. From start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better day!
More details from our bride:
A few other things that made the day more “us” – the guests signed wine bottles instead of a guestbook. One of our highlights from last summer’s trip was wine country in California and so it felt like a nice way to include part of our travels into our day. We’re looking forward to the days we open those bottles and remembering those people who helped make our day so special!
Don’t you just love how the wedding is 100% customized to the Alison and Adam? Here are some parting words and advice from the couple for all of you:
People seem to have some very definite opinions about what a wedding should look like. This day is about you as a couple and should reflect that. As long as you the couple are happy, that is all that matters. Most importantly, go with the flow of the day and have fun!
Huge thanks to Caitlin for sending this awesome wedding my way, and congratulations to Alison and Adam! Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us!
Photography: Caitlin Hazelton of Hazelton Photography
Dress: Casablanca Bridal (purchased at Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedoes: Mens’ Warehouse
Bow Ties: The Tie Bar in Naperville, IL
Hair and Make-up: Amie Nystrom (630) 562-6284; Kristen Kaven (630) 488-7198
Transportation: The Trolley Car and Bus Company
Flowers: Joyce Grattoni (847) 991-4145
Ceremony: Trinity Chapel, Wheaton IL
Ceremony Musicians: Charlene Kubik (630) 985-2860, Stefanie Rembiszewski (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Officiant: Judge Nicholas Pomaro
Reception: Eagle Brook Country Club
DJ: DJ Alan from Okyne Media Lab
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott
Tags: DIY weddings, geeky wedding themes, handmade weddings, non-traditional weddings