YAY, Patrick and Katie are married!!! You may remember this couple from their super popular nerdy engagement session in Central Park! That session was just a tiny taste of the couple’s creativity! Their wedding day included some of the most original DIY details I’ve ever seen, from their THREE different invitation suites to THIRTEEN uniquely themed centerpieces. I could go on and on, but I think Patrick’s words are much more meaningful than mine! I’ve asked Patrick to share some of his thoughts on the planning and execution of their wedding dream-come-true!
“As I sit at my desk looking back at a day that in reality is only a few weeks past but feels like a lifetime ago, I can’t help but feel like Bilbo Baggins penning the first lines of his own tale; “Where to begin?” Katie and I knew from the beginning we wanted our wedding to be undeniably us, however I’m not really sure at what point we decided just how far we would go with it. We knew we wanted this to be a wedding of Stormtroopers and superheroes. Our relationship has deep roots in nerd culture and so it was never a question to us or our families that we would be having a nerd themed wedding. I guess it all began with our little Save the Dates. Katie found a cool idea on Pinterest for using old floppy disks as the method for reminding our guests to [Ctrl + S] the date. We designed personalized decals, stuck them on, and mailed them out. It was at that point that we caught the DIY bug and every detail after that, from the invitations to the favors, was lovingly crafted with our own little twists and signatures.
The day itself was a dream come true. We’re still big kids at heart so Katie and I had our first look in a park on a swing set. Our ceremony was held on site at Casa Bianca in Oak Ridge and our officiant was a dear friend from high school who agreed to become ordained to perform our ceremony. Our groomsmen wore origami comic book boutonnieres and our bridesmaids carried purple and white bouquets tied with comic book patterned ribbon. Our processional was “All You Need is Love” and our unity ceremony consisted of building a heart and a TriForce made of Legos. What truly made our wedding so special to us was how easily and enthusiastically our friends and family embraced all of these ideas, no matter how unorthodox. We spent so much time preparing and when the day finally arrived, it was not us but our friends, our families, and our professional magic makers that brought the day to life. Seeing the reactions and hearing the laughter from everyone was the motivation for building thirteen unique centerpieces and writing a ceremony that had Klingon in it. We started out creating a day about us, but the truth is, it was actually a day about our lives and the people who make our lives possible.” -Patrick, the groom
Love the “To infinity…and beyond” inscription on their rings!
The couple mastered an X-Acto knife and a paintbrush in order to bring their Lord of the Rings invitation suite to life! The “Realm of New Jersey” map and the real wax seal still amaze me! This invitation went out to all of Patrick’s family.
Their second invite is insanely creative! The couple created a combo Daily Planet and Comic book with a coherent story! This suite went out to all of Patrick and Katie’s close friends!
And the final invitation suite was themed around Titanic – Katie’s favorite movie! Katie’s family members were given a Boarding Pass to the White Star Line’s Titanic!
Strips of comic book themed fabric were wrapped around the bouquets!
Katie, all I can think looking at this picture is “SECRET TUNNEL!”
Patrick made these incredible comic book origami boutonnieres for all his groomsmen!
The swing set was the perfect location for their emotional First Look!
Ahhh the centerpieces!! I couldn’t even fit them all into this blog post! Here are some of my favorite P+K creations! First up, the Pixar table…I’m obsessed! How amazing is their recreation of the house from Up?! The house flies above Andy’s toys, Boo’s door, and Mr. Incredible’s trophy room, and Woody’s boot displays their initials and wedding date!
They even replicated Carl and Ellie’s mailbox!
I thought it fitting to show their “I Love Lucy” centerpiece in black & white! They created a working TV (using a digital photo frame) which played screenshots of some of the most popular “I Love Lucy” episodes! Surrounding the TV is a mock conveyer belt with chocolates, a bottle of Vitameatavegamin, Ricky’s bongo, and Lucy and Ethel’s chef hats from the chocolate episode. Finally, the famous heart logo proudly sits atop the TV in the form of a satin pillow.
Their “Classic Hollywood” centerpiece symbolizes their love for timeless films such as Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, Wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind. In Patrick’s words…
“It seemed fitting to use the Empire State Building as the foundation for this piece considering our personal connection with this iconic landmark. It’s no coincidence that I proposed to Katie in a place that evokes powerfully romantic images and memories from films like An Affair to Remember and of course King Kong. Starting from the base which is several old film reels stacked upon one another, a piece of film wraps itself around the building and it is adorned with movie posters, mostly the great romances. Finally, the tragic monster Kong perches atop the piece, an homage to the great films of Golden Age Hollywood.”
A Lord of the Rings table was a must considering it is Patrick’s favorite book and movie series!
And of course, Titanic for Katie! Their sweetheart table was Nintendo themed to represent their shared love of games.
The Star Wars saga is kind of like the mecca for nerds. They wanted to fit all three movies into ONE centerpiece…and succeeded!
“The core of this piece is three lightsabers that actually glow red, blue and green. Looming above is the mighty Death Star from the first film. In the middle, a diorama of the battle of Hoth from the second film complete with AT-ATs, snow speeders, Wampas. At the bottom, Ewoks vs Stormtroopers from the third film. Surrounding the base is a little love story between a Stormtrooper and an exotic alien dancer.” -Patrick
Their ceremony was just as unique as the rest of the wedding day! Patrick, if you haven’t noticed by now, is a phenomenal writer. He penned a nerdy, beautiful, and eloquent ceremony performed by their dear friend Arci. To give you a tiny taste…here is how the ceremony opened…
“Friends and family, welcome! Lords and ladies, hail and good tidings! Klingon warriors, Ba-tlah Meb-Nukh Nekhh! Jedi knights, this evening welcome you are. We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate a union between two people many years in the making and I think it’s safe to say that we can agree in all the tongues of elves, men and orcs, that it’s about time! Before proceeding any further in this most joyous of occasions, we invite you to participate in an ancient greeting ritual originating in a galaxy far, far away. Today is a day of community, love, and lightsabers and in that spirit we ask that you turn to those around you and recite the universal greeting of nerds everywhere: ‘May the force be with you.’”
Their wedding party fully embraced the theme and even read their toasts off of ancient scrolls!
Guests were surprised when they were told one person from each table would be going home with a special gift from the couple! Under one seat at each table was a Wonka’s Golden Ticket!
Patrick and Katie cut their Wall-E topped wedding cake with the sword from their Lord of the Rings table!
Congratulations to one of the most true-to-self couples I’ve ever met! May a long marriage be with you! Er, does that work? I’m not really too up to snuff on my nerd-lingo! ;)
Credits // Ceremony & Reception Site: Casa Bianca // Officiant: friend Danielle Arci // Flowers: The Bloomery // Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Wedding Rings: Zales // Hair Stylist: Sibel Koyas // Invitations, Table Numbers, Centerpieces, etc.: DIY // Entertainment: Danny C Entertainment // Videography: Camfisto Entertainment // Wedding Cake: Casa Bianca // Photography: Cassi Claire // The End!