Chris & Mike’s Fun Blue, White, and Glittery Video Game Wedding
Chris and Mike are just so cute in their blue and white outfits, aren’t they? And they had the kawaii-est wedding too, filled with elements from video games they love. Their programs had Link and Zelda on them, their husband and wife place cards said “Player One” and “Player Two”, their first dance was a routine from Just Dance 3, and if it didn’t rain, music at their ceremony would have been comprised of a selection of game music. Chris is also an Asian Languages and Lit major so some of the details, like the sakura embroidery on her dress and kanzashi hair accessory, reflected that.
We have Nicki Fietzer of De Nueva Photography to thank for the lovely photos and here she is with an overview of the day:
Chris and Mike were married at the Normandale Japanese Gardens in Minnesota. Even though the weather through them all the punches it could…. SNOW in May? Only in Minnesota… these two were cool and collected as could be! We managed to get a few photos in the garden before the weather turned too frigid and then captured the rest in the college lobby.
Chris and Mike were a blast to photograph and totally rocked their awesome style in every way. Their ceremony was personal and heartfelt, and even though it was outside in the freezing rain, there wasn’t an unhappy face in the crowd! These two were so fun and sweet, a complete joy to work with!
About the couple, in Chris’ own words:
My husband and I met through mutual friends about five years ago. We clicked almost instantly through our interests and life experiences. During my last semester at the University of Minnesota, he proposed to me on our way back from Blizzcon, a convention run by Blizzard Entertainment.
Chris, on their wedding and how they totally made it their own:
Our wedding did not have a single theme, but we did try to incorporate our interests as much as we could. We didn’t follow too many traditional “rules” for throwing a wedding. We paid for the entire celebration ourselves, so we didn’t feel obligated to listen to anyone but us. My maid of honor and I wore glittery silver converse for both the ceremony and the reception (though we both ditched the shoes after a bit of dancing). I wore a blue dress to match my blue hair and my husband wore a white tux. Almost all of the jewelry worn was decorative chainmail that I wove myself. We had music picked out for our ceremony that was entirely from video games, but we ended up not being able to use the sound system because it rained. But the rain sure didn’t stop us.
Our programs had Link and Zelda on them and said “Don’t Panic”. Our invitation had cherry blossoms on them (my degree is in Asian Languages and Literature) and the envelopes were sealed with a sticker that had game sprites of us. Our thank you cards had a chibi styled drawing of us that I drew. Our cake had mascots from Final Fantasy.
Our first dance was the routine in Just Dance 3 to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
Advice from the newlyweds:
As for advice, I have two things that come straight to mind. The first is that if you are a DIY kind person (like I am), you had to plan your time well and know your limits. Making everything took much longer than I thought it would and I ended up having to cut out making things and buy them already done because there just wasn’t time. The other is that you have to be okay with stuff not working out. I don’t mean “don’t sweat the small stuff” (although that too, of course). I mean big things are probably going to erupt like a volcano all over your special day. And you just gotta go with it or you won’t enjoy your wedding and that just sucks. My sister, who was going to be a brdiesmaid, ended up not coming so we had one person on my side and two on his. I found out my mom couldn’t come a few days before the wedding, so I had to find someone else to walk me down plus deal with everyone at the reception asking where she was. The morning of the ceremony is was snowing. In May. And it rained and sleeted during the ceremony. It was about 34 degrees out and my maid of honor and I had no coats. So stuff will go wrong. Get over it.
Thank you Nicki for sending this whimsical and refreshingly unique wedding my way, and congratulations Chris & Mike! I wish you guys a happy forever. 🙂
Photographer: Nicki Fietzer of De Nueva Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College
Reception Venue: Best Western Plus in Bloomington
Caterer: Red Rossa Italian Grill
Cake: Sweet Retreat
Bouquets: Dark Rose Treasures
Dress: Wedding Dress Fantasy
Officiant: Amy Risenberg
Image submission via Two Bright Lights