Monday, February 10, 2014
After attempting to pen this blog post several times without making any progress, I have now come to terms with the fact that I just don’t know how to even BEGIN telling you about Jen and Ryan’s wedding. You may remember their Save The Date from our previous post.
That was just a hint of things to come in the actual wedding. That day…the day I want to tell you about…there was Just. So. Much. SOOOO much good stuff! I’m honestly at a loss. Probably because I’m a geek, and this particular wedding is bursting with so many incredible details from so many fandoms that all I want to do is that thing that we geeks do when we get excited: Scream, and shout, and OMGOMGOMG share the love with other geeks. Like this:
YOU GUYS THERE WAS A SKEKSIS!
AND THEN…THERE WERE STORMTROOPERS!!!
AND A WORKING R2D2. WORKING!!! LIKE SERIOUSLY BEEP BOOP BEEP WORKING!!
You see? You see how this is going?!? I’m not kidding. This whole post is rapidly going to devolve into a mess of crazy fangirl sqeeing about the fact that there was a FLIPPING USS ENTER-PIES Star Trek pie stand!!!
So I’d better dial it back a bit and try…just try…to tell you a story about one of the coolest couples a nerdy wedding planner could ever hope to geek out with.
Jen & Ryan. What a couple! As bonded in their love for each other as they are in their mega-fandom, which they worked hard, so incredibly hard, at incorporating into their wedding. First up, they wanted to make sure they chose a venue that held some type of connection, meaning and special resonance for them. And they found it. What better place to host a wedding-slash-ode to geek love than The Jim Henson Company Lot.
To begin, the ceremony aisle was lined with Lightsabers…
…which were ultimate hoisted by designated Jedi Masters…
…to form a rather appropriate recessional archway.
No strangers to continuity and detail, Jen and Ryan knew they’d need to come up with some type of through-line to incorporate their many, many themes. Enter Game of Thrones. Each fandom was transformed into a specific House (and table name), complete with an appropriate sigil.
Each table was then themed accordingly, featuring centerpieces and custom chargers handcrafted by the couple.
Of course, it would be disrespectful if they failed to appropriately honor the host venue:
Oh…and another thing. This dinner took place under both “stars” and “planets,” the latter in the form of hand painted lanterns created by the groom’s mom Juli.
Finally, Jen and Ryan were careful to choose vendors who would have as much fun with these details as they did. Of course, then Henson team was automatically in. And Team Rebel Belle was kind of a given. But, let me tell you how impressed we all were with the team from Summit Event Catering who positively THREW themselves into the spirit of the night!
They made custom aprons:
They created custom signs to showcase Jen & Ryan’s fully themed “Breakfast for Dinner” menu:
They made sure to bring the appropriate utensils:
But wait! There’s more! They even set up a Jedi ham carving station:
OK..I’m starting to feel the squees coming on again. It might be best if I stopped trying to describe and just threw a bunch of pictures at you:
And with that, it’s time to bring this love fest to a close. It is with my deepest gratitude that I thank Jen & Ryan for allowing the Rebel Belle team to join them on this journey. From the planning meetings to the day itself, we had nothing but fun the whole way through. We love you guys and wish you a long lifetime together filled with the bestest, geekiest, silliest, fun-filled nerdy happiness! And in the tradition of my personal favorite fandom, I’m going to end this post by exclaiming: “Qapla’!”
Want more? Check out Jen & Ryan’s geektastic wedding highlight video!
All Photography and Videography by Juice Box Media