Edie & Jeff’s Fun and Quirky DIY Wedding (with Geeky Touches)


Why hello, it’s Friday again and here I am with yet another fun,  inspiring and overall wonderfully quirky wedding!

Edie and Jeff consider themselves bona fide nerds and made sure that their union also celebrated their fandom. From the Vulcan salutes at the ceremony down to the origami X-wing Fighter favors, their wedding was peppered with references to Star Trek and Star Wars plus all things they like to geek out on. The creative pair DIY’d almost everything, carefully personalizing every detail to reflect their interests, and they were able to pull it off beautifully and in a tasteful artistic fashion besides the so-called geeky touches.

When Bill of Kelli Nixon Photography sent me this wedding,  I knew in a heartbeat that I wanted to share it with all of you.

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Here’s what talented photographers Bill and Kelli Nixon had to say about the couple and their special day:

Edie and Jeff are self-proclaimed nerds. They met and figured out that they had so much in common that it was out of this world (pun intended). From Star Wars to Star Trek, they found so much to talk about. They fell in love and got married and we were able to photograph their modern, Jewish, somewhat nerdy, DIY wedding. It was nothing short of very special filled with details and very personal touches.

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quirky geeky wedding

The lovely bride Edie is here to tell us more about her and Jeff:

We’re geeks to the core. In fact, on our first coffee date Jeff made me an origami X-wing and I was smitten. We both love art: Jeff, photography, and me pretty much anything that can be used to draw or paint with. We’re known to break out into impromptu improvisational dances and that’s just the beginning of our kindred strangeness. We love to snuggle up in front of the TV to watch Star Trek or the newest “awfulsome” (a term coined for movies that are so bad that they’re awesome) flick.

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nerdy wedding

Such a cute couple…  Jeff told me that Edie’s colorful shoulder tattoo was inspired by the “Love” painting by artist Peter Max. I thought it fit perfectly with her bridal look! I also adore her hippie braids and the fabric flower accent on her hair.

Their wedding in a nutshell, as shared by Edie:

We planned for simple, personal, easy, and stress free. Crazy to think that a wedding could be anything close to stress free but that was important to us. We also worked really hard to keep everything low cost, which required a lot of creativity and volunteer work from family and friends. There was no theme per se, but our style and personality found its way into everything. The ceremony was outside, and so nature was definitely a thread. There were also hints of geek throughout — from the rabbi quoting Star Trek to the wedding favors that referenced so many geeky things that we had to package them with an explanation.

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Alright just how adorable are these two?! More deets from Edie:

We’ve never been good at taking ourselves seriously, and so instead of good old Here Comes the Bride, we had the family walk down the aisle dancing to Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates. The ceremony was a Jewish/Atheist combination — we stood under a chupa, but quoted Carl Sagan for perspective on the world. Our mothers read us poems, the witnesses held up their hands like Spock and said “Make it so!” when the rabbi was blessing us. It was the strangest, most wonderful combination of love, laughter, dancing, and geekiness to ever come together for a wedding.

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nerdy wedding

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Interestingly, Edie did not have a bouquet though she made hundreds of fabric flowers by hand!

Everything from invites to table runners to chupa covering was DIY-crafted by me. I saw our wedding as the biggest, most awesome craft project that I would ever get the chance to work on. I made hundreds of fabric flowers and collected interesting looking dead plants (think bulbs and grassy wisps) all winter to serve as our flowers for the tables at the reception — because why pay for live plants when fabric and something that is already dead will last forever?! We also scored a box of florence flasks from a university auction to use as our vases (nerd bonus point).

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The wedding favors were probably my favorite part. Everyone got an origami X-wing and a tea bag of Earl Grey with a tag saying “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”  (It’s another Star Trek reference… is it clear yet how obsessed we are?).  These were packaged in hand made paper (by moi!) with embedded wild flower seeds (to spread the love).

You can’t read it in the photo but the couple was generous enough to share with us the note included along with the favors:

“At first glance you were probably like, “wow, cool paper pouch thing.” And yeah, this is a pretty cool paper pouch thing. The paper was made by Edie, and embedded in the paper are wild flower seeds. When you go home tonight do not throw this sucker away! Instead, rip it up, bury the paper in some moist soil, and help us spread the wild flower love!

When you finally open this paper pouch thing, be ready for some pretty intensely nerdy gifts. What you’ll find is a tea bag of Earl Grey. Read the tag and if you don’t get it, well, there’s no hope. Just kidding. Earl Grey is one of Jeff’s favorite teas, and by far Edie’s absolute favorite tea. Why? Sure, the taste is great, but what makes this tea truly special is a certain Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s frequent request from the replicator: “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” So go home, brew some tea on us, and be sure to make sure that the water is hot. (If you don’t know who Captain Jean-Luc Picard is then we have failed you as friends.)

Next you’ll find what marks the genesis of our relationship. On our first coffee date, we got talking about, ya know, stuff, and Jeff mentioned the ability to fold an origami x-wing fighter. Edie promptly instructed Jeff to prove himself, and while the paper was too small and the pressure on, Jeff succeeded and this x-wing, still kept by the couple, marks the beginning of their likeness, and later, love, for each other. Now you can all share in our nerd-filled love with a x-wing fighter of your own! Enjoy!”

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Waldo’s in the house!

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geeky wedding

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I love how the couple stayed true to themselves — incorporating bits of things they like without losing sight of their love for one another — all throughout the elements in their unique celebration.

A huge thank you to Bill and Kelli Nixon for sending the gorgeous photos! Congratulations to Edie and Jeff and thank you for sharing your wonderful wedding with us!

Photographer: Kelli Nixon Photography
Ceremony Venue:  Sunrise Amphitheatre (Boulder, Colorado)
Reception Venue: Chautauqua Dining Hall

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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2 Comments

  1. Jeff and Edie’s wedding was probably the most unique wedding we’ve ever been a part of. Quirky is quickly becoming one of our favorite things to shoot. There were so many personal touches in this one that it really made it special! Thanks again for featuring it!

  2. It was my pleasure Bill, I really had fun doing this feature too! Looking forward to more collaborations with you in the future, quirky and otherwise! 🙂

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