A World of Warcraft, Adventure time & Steampunk wedding with DIY elements

Today I am excited to kick off the week with an incredible World of Warcraft, Adventure time & Steampunk wedding with DIY elements.

Karen and Terry were married at the Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge on 8th March 2014, and it was spectacular.

In probably one of the most unique and “them” weddings I have ever featured there is a multitude of inspiration and incredible features, many handcrafted by the Bride and Groom.

Images were captured by Hayley Ruth Photography.

 

Photography: Hayley Ruth Photography,  Dress: SON91051 -  purchased in a custom colour from Harmony Brides,  Fascinator: Purple Peacock Jewels , Bride's Shoes: Hush Puppies , Necklace and earrings: Morning Glory Designs, Groom's clothing: The Dark Angel,  Groom's shoes: Demonia , Cogs/Rockets/Air-ships: Cog 'O' Two ,Table centrepieces: Amy Jones Flowers, Edible dice favours: Dice Candies, Wedding cake: Cakes by Heather Jane, alternative wedding, unique wedding  , purple wedding gown

 

I hand over to Bride Karen to tell you all about their very unique Big Day…

 

The Wedding journey and inspiration…

“As we’re both older and were paying for the whole wedding ourselves, we felt it a lot easier to do what we wanted to without so much external pressure.”

“I’ve always loved making things and I’ve always loved quirky things, but I promised Terry from the outset I wouldn’t end up making everything myself and having a nervous breakdown.”

“In the end, we did have to make lots of things because what we wanted just didn’t exist or wasn’t quite right.”

“Thankfully my co-conspirators, Mandy and E-J, both loved making things so we had several gin-fueled weekends where we managed to make everything we needed.”

“We also wanted to blend lots of things that we loved, and wanted to use the wedding as a way of sharing with our friends all the things we enjoy.”

“There were several groups of people who had never met that we know through different routes, so it was a way of making them feel at home.”

“The trickiest bit then was working out how to add in ALL THE THINGS without it looking like we’d added in ALL THE THINGS.”

 

“We decided that our ceremony room would have steam punk touches to match our outfits, although we had rainbow chair sashes just because we could.”

“We decorated the windowsills and the plinth in the room with model airships and rockets that we bought as kits and glued together.”

“Terry did most of those as we’ve both learnt from experience that super glue and I are not the best of friends.”

“Our cake was also an amazing steam punk design.”

“Before we’d even decided to have any steam punk at the wedding, we saw this cake at a wedding faire and fell in love with it. It was also one of the most delicious cakes we’d ever eaten.”

“The reception area we decorated with World of Warcraft bunting that we made up from some existing bunting we had, spliced in with some Alliance, Horde, and Darkmoon Faire flags.”

“As we are avid board gamers, we decided to raid our stash and bring games for everyone to play at the reception.”

“Just to tie it in to the theme a little, we also had a giant foam Connect 4 game that I customised by adding the Alliance and Horde crests to the pieces.”

“We made paper flowers which were used to decorate the water wheel arch in the ceremony room as well as being used to make my bouquet, the buttonholes/corsages, and also used to decorate the bags that my friends were carrying.”

“I added cogs and peacock feathers to tie that in to my peacock feather fascinator and the steam punk theme. I also used the cogs to make tie pins and to put on the place cards.”

“To bring in the Discworld elements we wanted, we had a Luggage as our card box that we made out of a wooden box, Fimo, and duct tape.”

“The table favours were held in little mini-Luggages. The favours were chocolate gaming dice.”

 

“We also decided that, as we had a captive audience, we could let them learn about all of the cool things we liked.”

“So in the programme for the day, we added a little paragraph about all of the influences in the wedding and where they could find out more about them if they were interested.”

“I really enjoyed doing that because it gave us a chance to share our passions in way we probably couldn’t at any other time.”

“Last but not least, to bring in Adventure Time, we made tiny little Fimo snails that we hid in each flower arrangement and in my bouquet.”

“One of our favourite things is to spot the snail hidden in the show, so we wanted to hide them and not tell anyone they were there.”

“I also made steam punk-style picture frames for the table numbers and named each table after one of the main characters.”

“We asked the florist to theme each table’s centrepiece around the character and she did an amazing job.”

“Finally, I made the seating chart using a poster board printout of the tree house from Adventure Time.”

 

“We decided that the wedding ceremony would be a fairly standard civil ceremony with our only reading being “A Lovely Love Story,” and that the decoration in the room during the ceremony would be steam punk in style to match our outfits.”

“I really wanted the reading to be more lively than just a reading though, so I scanned in the whole book, coloured in the pictures and then printed them out on A4 cards so that one person could read the words and the other could hold up the pictures and point things out.”

“Both Mandy and E-J did a fab job of being really expressive during the reading and people were laughing along.”

 

The Wedding Day…

“My father did walk me down the aisle which was something I wasn’t too sure about initially.”

“But I think that he was proud to be able to do it and it wasn’t worth upsetting him over it to me.”

“Our parents weren’t really involved in much of the planning, so it was nice to be able to include them in the day as much as we could.”

“I walked in to the music of Stormwind from World of Warcraft, and we made our exit to the end theme from Adventure Time.”

“For the bit in the middle where you do the paperwork, we chose the Divine Comedy song “Songs of Love” (also known as the Father Ted theme tune) and some Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band songs.”

“It was really important to us that the whole event wasn’t too serious, and when we first met we discovered we were both fans of the Bonzos so it was fitting.”

 

Funniest moment of the Day…

“I’m not suggesting that my friends and I drink a lot butโ€ฆ well, we have been known to drink a fair amount.”

“Before the wedding, we checked with the hotel that they would have a particular beer available that Terry liked, and they also got in a bottle of my favourite gin for us.”

“We did mention to the hotel that we suspected our lot would drink well, but I’m not sure they entirely listened.”

“By 4:30 p.m., the first of the real ales had run out and the bottle of gin was almost gone.”

“By mid-evening, all of the rest of the beer had gone and we’d drunk them dry of two different types of gin. By midnight, well, you get the idea.”

“The next morning, the bar manager happened to be on duty while we were all eating breakfast and he came to chat to us.”

“He said that we managed to drink more in one evening than they had in the previous two months put together. We did warn them!”

 


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Thank you to Hayley for sharing such outstanding imagery from this amazing steampunk wedding day.

Thank you also to Karen and Terry for sharing such a beautiful expression of themselves.

There is so much going on but it just ties together in one huge package of blooming marvellous.

Fantastic colours, incredible thought in detailing, so much work in handcrafting elements and really involving the guests in the day.

Exceptional and completely inspired…

 

 

Wedding Suppliers

* Photography: Hayley Ruth Photography

* Dress: SON91051, purchased in a custom colour from Harmony Brides

* Fascinator: Purple Peacock Jewels

* Bride’s Shoes: Hush Puppies

* Necklace and earrings: Morning Glory Designs

* Groom’s clothing: The Dark Angel

* Groom’s shoes: Demonia

* Cogs/Rockets/Air-ships: Cog ‘O’ Two

* Table centrepieces: Amy Jones Flowers

* Edible dice favours: Dice Candies

* Wedding cake: Cakes by Heather Jane

 

To Contact Hayley Ruth Photography

Website: http://www.hayleyruthphotography.co.uk/

Email: info@hayleyruthphotography.co.uk

Phone: 07746 858 544

Blog: http://www.hayleyruthphotography.co.uk/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HayleyRuthPhotography

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hayleyoats

More about ALISON TINLIN

UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

Comments

  1. Reply

    Love this, love all the little details like the little creature in the vase, the chocolate die, the card box and I really really love that octopus brooch x

    1. Reply

      Thank you Heidi, its an incredible wedding, and it just says THEM!

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