Erica & Rob’s Sci-Fi, Comic Books, and Video Games-inspired DIY Wedding
Hello and welcome to another week of alternative wedding inspiration! I know you all love seeing how couples are creatively incorporating their interests into their celebrations so today’s feature is a perfect example of that! I’m turning you over to Victoria Sprung Photography for the rest of the details:
Eric and Rob met at a Sci-Fi convention. Their mutual love of sci fi, comic books, and video games brought them together. Their Wedding was filled with wonderful and creative details from Dr Who, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, video games, and lots of other nerdy touches. My favorites were the gaming dice with their names and Wedding date, the Dr. Who garter (which was a surprise to the Groom!), and the Zelda heart life force motifs throughout.
Let’s meet the lovely couple. Here’s pretty Erica to tell you more about how she and Rob met + how they made their wedding truly their own:
Rob and I are huge nerds. We met and got engaged at a video game convention in Seattle (PAX) and prefer to spend our evenings and weekends playing video games, board games, and watching various sci-fi and fantasy TV shows. Some of our favorites include Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy, Star Wars, Zelda, Halo, and Mass Effect. Rob is also incredibly romantic and regularly chastises me for ruining his compliments and romantic gestures. We’re both also pretty social and love hosting board game and movie nights for our friends.
We didn’t have any set theme for our wedding. We knew it was going to be pretty big, as Rob has 8 sets of aunts and uncles and somewhere around 40 cousins, and my family has a lot of close friends we were going to invite. We decided to keep most things fairly traditional to make our lives easier and keep everyone happy, but we had a blast sneaking some of our nerdy favorites into various parts of the day.
We did lots of little things, many of which probably weren’t even noticed by many of our guests. We had dice custom made with our names and the date for our favors. We used some orchestral versions of video game sound tracks for the ceremony and cocktail hour. My garter had a TARDIS from Doctor Who, and also served as my Something Blue. I also wore flats that had pages from the Scott Pilgrim comic decoupaged on the side, as seeing that movie was our first date.
We named our tables instead of numbering them after various locations in our favorite games and movies (Hyrule, Millenium Falcon, Aperture Science).
We made our card box to look like a question block from Super Mario Bros.
We had our DJ play a couple of our favorite songs from Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, and the Protomen for dancing.
Pick out the things that are really important to you and stick to them. Make sure you’re willing to compromise on other things, but if you and your husband really want something, do it. Also, hire vendors you trust. I was barely stressed at all my wedding day because I trusted that my vendors would pull everything off for me, and they did. You hire them for a reason. Trust that they’ll do their job.
Thank you Victoria for sending this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations Erica and Rob! Here’s to a lifetime of married bliss! 🙂
Photogapher: Victoria Sprung Photography
Venue: Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, IL
Videography: Go Wedding Video
DJ: Toast & Jam
Photo booth: Chicagoland Photobooth
Dress: Mori Lee, Here Comes the Bride in Addison, IL
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers: Andrew’s Garden, Naperville, IL
Favors: Chessex Dice
Cake: Lovin Oven Bakery
Garter: Etsy, UniquelyYoursBridal shop
Makeup: Beauty by Brush, Kim Nather
Hair: Hair Jazzers Salon, Arlington Heights, IL
Image submission via Two Bright Lights