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May04

An Epic Adventure in Geek Chic Marriage

May the Fourth be with you.

It’s Star Wars Day, so I’m just going to say it out loud: I love working on “geek” weddings.  We’re just coming off of a long weekend volunteering as booth ambassadors at OddMall for a local nonprofit makerspace we serve (synHAK, the Akron Makerspace), and I saw a few fellow geek-wedding-producers, there.

We are active tabletop gamers, ourselves (a habit enabled to flourish by the kind gifts of a father of two of our brides), and we got to meet a lot of people planning on coming to synHAK’s upcoming Epic Game Night (you should come, too, if you’re interested in board games or retro video games).  All this fun has got me thinking back on all the wonderful couples we’ve served who incorporated elements from their own geek universes into their wedding celebrations.

We’ve been privy to quite a LOT of fun, over the years, and — today — I’m going to show you another wedding that is especially close-to-my-heart: the marriage of Nick and Kayla.

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Left to right: Brother of the Brides CJ, Former SNE Groom Hadley, Former SNE Bride and Sister-of-the-Bride Cassie, Groom Nick, Bride and Former SNE Glue Kayla, Mother of the Brides Kim, Father of the Brides, Craig, and Brother of the Brides Kyle.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

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We first met Kayla as the Maid-of-Honor for her sister Cassie’s wedding way back in 2012.  A young DJ AJ10 (Jasper) was absolutely enamored with both sisters, and after a particularly amazing Maid-of-Honor toast (see all the details in the style profile of Cassie and Hadley’s wedding), Kayla joined our team as an SNE staff member for a summer.  When it was time for Kayla and Nick’s wedding, we were pleased to be able to give them the “royal” treatment, as well!!!

Since the Star Wars saga was really something that had brought them together early in their relationship, they’d taken advantage of an obvious date: May 4, 2014, also known as Star Wars Day.

May the Force Be With You.

Looking at the photo, above, you may wonder “Where are the Storm Troopers?”  Ah — but would you believe that there are MUCH more memorable ways to infuse your wedding with the heart of your favorite geek universe than even inviting Stormtroopers?  Here are some of the ways Nick and Kayla gave a nod to the series in their beautiful, rustic Pennsylvania wedding:

The Attire

Yes — it’s true that there are no overt references to Star Wars like full costumes, but the bride, especially managed to sneak in quite a few little nods in subtle places you might not expect!!!  You already saw their matching Rehearsal Dinner tees, above.  Check out these other examples, too:

The Bride's Earrings Are Little Stealthy Lightsabers.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Bride’s Earrings Are Little Stealthy Lightsabers. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Look closely — the bride’s earrings were little blue lightsabers.  You can enlarge this photo with a click.

The Bride's "May The Force Be With You" Garter.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Bride’s “May The Force Be With You” Garter. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The bride’s garter was embroidered with the words “MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.”

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others... The Bride's R2D2 Shoes.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others… The Bride’s R2D2 Shoes. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The bride’s comfy shoes were painted to resemble R2D2.

Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Another shot from the Rehearsal Dinner — the couple’s cute Lightsaber “Thumb War” rig.

Next…

The Bride's March.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Bride’s March, Featuring All-Star, Two-Time FOB, Craig. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

 

Galaxy-Themed Toasting Flutes.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Galaxy-Themed Toasting Flutes. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

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The Ceremony Music

John Williams original score for the series has a plentitude of music appropriate for wedding preludes and ceremonies, not the least of which is “Throne Room and End Title (Medley)” from the conclusion of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.  This piece is a perfect choice for a recessional march, not only because of its victorious strains, but also because the beginning fanfare really sound an awful lot like Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” the “traditional” recessional song that’s most common at Western wedding ceremonies.

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The Cocktail Hour & Dinner Hour Music

We chose several songs from the John Williams score for cocktail hour and dinner, as well, including selections by the Cantina Band and from the Ewok Celebration.

A Pooh Cake, a Log Cake, and an R2D2 Cake. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

A Pooh Cake, a Log Cake, and an R2D2 Cake. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

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The Cakes

Nick and Kayla had three gorgeous cakes (as well as an impressive traditional Pittsburgh/Youngstown area cookie table) to represent their interests — a tiered cake decorated to look like rustic stacked logs, a Winnie the Pooh cake (complete with a balloon), and an R2D2 cake.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

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Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Cookie Table.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Cookie Table. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

 

The Couple's Star Wars Font Lighted Monogram. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Couple’s Star Wars Font Lighted Monogram. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

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The Lighting Design

Nick and Kayla’s Primary lighting design theme was warm ambers to bring out the warm tones in the rustic wood of their historic venue, the Barn at Lingoner Valley.

However… I did add a *little* surprise into their lighted monogram design, just for them.

 

The Love Story

Kayla and Nick planned a telling of their Love Story as an introduction to their first dance.  Since I write each story to suit the couple’s style, I saw a wonderful opportunity, here, to surprise them with — yes — a JEDI-THEMED Love Story.

Here’s a little taste — a clip from the introduction to the Love Story, which was completely timed to the music of the Star Wars Theme.

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Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The First Dance.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

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Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The First Dance.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

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The AWESOME

Having a Star Wars themed wedding probably won’t make you’re wedding awesome, if you’re not a Star Wars fan.

However, doing your own thing — whatever it is — is always the kind of fun and different touch that your nearest and dearest appreciate.  It makes the party feel homey and comfortable, instead of stuffy or generic.  THAT’s the vibe that leads to a packed dance floor full of laughing people.

I love hanging out with those people!!!  Don’t you?  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:

Matron of Honor (and Former Something New Bride) Cassie's Moving Toast.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Sister-of-the-Bride (and Former Something New Bride) Cassie’s Moving Toast. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

The Bride, Kayla, Dancing with her Big Brother, CJ.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Mother-of-the-Bride, Kim, Dancing with the Groom, Nick.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Bother–in-Law-of-the-Bride Hadley, Groom Nick, Bride Kayla, Brother-of-the-Bride, CJ, and Father-of-the-Bride Craig. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Father- and Mother-of-the-Bride, Craig and Kim Dancing.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Bride Kayla and Mother-of-the-Groom Patty Dancing.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

The Garter Removal, Symbolic of the Jedi’s Many, Many Months in the Friend Zone.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

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Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Dancing!  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Dancing!  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Dancing Group Hug!  Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

Dancing Group Hug! Photo by Jaclyn Davis Photography.

INEBREAK

It was a great night, and I’m so pleased to be able to share it with you, today!

Hope you enjoyed our review — leave Kayla and Nick some love, in the comments!!!

XO

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AJ9

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