My Big Fat Geek Wedding
By: Mistress Zelda|
I got married to the love of my life this past October, and our ceremony was super geektastic! He proposed to me on a trip to Norway, where he was born, at the folk museum which had a ton of amazing, beautiful historical architecture (You can see photos of it here).
We had a difficult time picking just 1 theme for the wedding, but finally settled on a small handful that tied together well in the end. He's a professional propmaker, welder/fabricator and blacksmith that makes armor and builds theme park and art installments for a living. I'm a video game and web developer by day as well as a cosplayer and model. We both do medieval re-enactment with the SCA, post-apocalyptic pre-enactment and love gamer and geek culture. We are also both polytheists - he's mainly Norse pagan and I am a Discordian, so we created our own ceremony based on historical traditions with our own influence.
We DIYed the majority of the wedding with the help of our family and friends. The centerpieces were all perler bead plant based video game sprites surrounded by Mario candy blocks and mushrooms and Zelda chests we stained and painted, and my mother in law had chocolate Mario coins printed up with our names on them. The cake was made by roommate/bridesmaid/friend Adriann with my help and was Godzilla themed on one side and Katamari themed on the other - super fun to make, lots of burning buildings, tiny toys and things being destroyed :) The ceremony itself was based mainly in viking tradition, although my husband walked down the aisle to the Godzilla theme and I walked down to the Katamari Damacy theme. We did a ceremonial handwashing, exchanged swords which were made in the weeks leading up to the wedding by my husband and were based on historical designs, and exchanged rings which were also made by my husband out of silver (he's rad). The wedding was presided over by a bard and Duke in the SCA, Tomuki, who gave details on the historical context of the exchanges. At the end of the ceremony, since we are silly, we did the ceremonial combining of our childhood LEGO sets - for once they are combined, they can never be parted again!
My husband was dressed in traditional Rus viking attire - his coat was made by the talented SCA laurel Whilja of Pimp Your Garb
, who is the wife of my husband's knight. The trim was hand woven by my mother in law and was a surprise for my husband. Whilja, along with myself, Adriann, our family and friends sewed the men's viking tunics and pants. The women's outfits were all from Holy Clothing
because they look nice and I didn't want to sew 3 more outfits, although all my bridesmaids are also wonderful seamstresses! My wedding party was a little more on the fantasy side of history, and my dress and flowered shoes were handmade by artisans on Etsy. I am absolutely in love with everything! They couldn't have been more perfect. My bouquet was made out of plush Katamari cousins that broke apart when I threw it so multiple people could bring one home.
Our menu consisted of modern twists on traditional Scandinavian and viking cuisine and even featured a delicious pancake bar with fruit and cream for dessert. I had a mix of video game and movie original soundtracks and eclectic Scandinavian folk, neofolk and folk metal during the meal and cocktail hour. Guests were encouraged to arrive in costume since we travel in so many costumed circles, and we had people in everything from medieval SCA garb, cosplay like Sarah and Jareth from Labyrinth and Number 6 from the Prisoner, to national folk clothing from Norway.
Oh, and I made the wedding invitations myself, which were NES cartridges and I sell on Etsy
Bride/Article: Geek Girl Mistress Zelda
Photographer: Stanley Wu Photography
Hair and Makeup: Grotesquery Embrace
DJ: Andrew Paul Holguin / DJ Angelus
Catering: 24 Carat Weddings and Events
Bride's Shoes: lambsandivydesigns
Bridesmaid's Outfits: Holy Clothing
Groom's Overcoat: Pimp Your Garb
Groom's and Groomsmen's Shoes: Garb the World
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January 15 2016