Today I am excited to share this gorgeous Doctor Who inspired Wedding in Georgia with lots of handcrafted geeky details and a stunning blue palette.
You don’t have to be a fan of the show to love the styling but Whovians will adore the incredible attention to detail.
Images were captured by You Are Raven Photography.
Raven Shutley is an alternative wedding and portrait photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia focused on capturing emotional, honest, and candid moments
Stunning Bride Colleen says of the couples amazing Doctor Who inspired Wedding day…
How did you meet?
In the traditional fashion, as all normal couples do… through Fanfiction.net! Specifically through Lord of the Rings fanfiction.
I wrote a story and Nick made a fan video for it, and the rest is history.
Eventually, after a few years of swapping stories, I flew down to Georgia to meet him in person and we pretty much instantly hit it off.
I moved to Georgia 6 months later to be with him. It was a whirlwind!
Tell us about the Proposal…
Nick: It was a fairly Eddie Izzard proposal. It was SUPPOSED to be extremely thoughtful and sweet.
Instead. I forgot the entire English language, knelt in front of her, and made vague grunting noises while thrusting the ring box with a pre-printed speech inside it at Colleen’s face. (As I said, I forgot how to speak English for a moment!)
Colleen: It was very very sweet! Nick knew I had always wanted to go to Disney World, so he planned to propose on my very first trip, which happened around Christmas time in 2014.
(He’d purchased the ring several years earlier at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, which is an annual nerdy tradition for us, while I was in the shower – to this day I’m impressed he managed to get into the vendor hall, buy the ring, and get back while I was showering and without alerting me!
It was one I’d pointed out to him before, a Lord of the Rings-related ring I’d chosen when I was 13 years old).
Once we were at the Magic Kingdom, I had a sneaking suspicion that something was up.
Nick had even said to one of the retail people that I “was in for a big surprise” – but the day passed and nothing happened, except that all my friends seemed oddly insistent that I get to meet Princess Jasmine, my childhood favourite.
I shrugged it off when that didn’t happen.
Later, we were watching the fireworks at the park, and I was cold, and Nick offered to give me his hat.
I noticed a small box in the hat as he handed it over and asked what it was. “Nothing! Nothing at all! Look at the fireworks!” said my very subtle (soon-to-be) husband. I played it off and thought I was maybe assuming too much, but I had some hopes.
Finally, as we were getting ready to leave the park, we walked past Cinderella’s wishing fountain by the castle, and my friends gave me a coin to make a wish.
I closed my eyes, wished that Nick would propose, and threw my coin into the well – and when I turned around, Nick was on one knee with the ring out!
He didn’t actually say any words – he’d put a small speech inside the box in case exactly this thing happened – but I said “Really?!” and then he nodded. I of course said yes and gave him a big hug and kiss.
There’s a cute picture of us taken at a photo booth near Space Mountain right after he proposed where I’m holding the ring up.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
It was certainly an adventure… we both have a lot of interests and our moods shift rapidly (especially mine), so we went from planning a small destination beach wedding to a slightly larger affair in our home city at a local venue.
The colours and theme changed at least three times (I went from a blush/silver/gold palette, to a black/white/gold palette and a Halloween theme, to finally a Doctor Who inspired wedding theme with a Tardis blue/gold/silver palette).
Once I’d finally settled on the theme, things fell into place (relatively) smoothly.
Our primary goal was to have a fun day that showcased our nerdiness and craftiness in the classiest way we could do so, so we did a LOT of DIY for our wedding.
We also wanted to specifically feature the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, as they are our favourites.
Our engagement shoot was themed around that pairing as well, and Raven, our photographer, facilitated that beautifully.
Our venue was awesome about handling actual set up and take down, and they even tolerated Nick’s extremely precise set of instructions – WITH PHOTOGRAPHS – about how to set up every table.
Any special touches/DIY?
SO many special touches for our Doctor Who inspired Wedding!!!
My bouquet was made using 12’s sonic screwdriver and my flowers were made from the pages of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books.
Nick made ALL of the flowers for our big day.
We also gave hand-painted lanterns to the bridesmaids to carry and Nick custom-made the groomsmen’s ties out of Doctor Who fabric he found on Spoonflower.
The tables had custom-painted lanterns filled with paper flowers.
Our ceremony was a non traditional handfasting ceremony, so Nick made our handfasting cord out of blue and silver and gold ribbon.
He also made our cake and the cupcakes for our guests and decorated it himself!
I made my bridesmaids and mom special necklaces as gifts to show my appreciation for their support on my big day.
I also wore my grandma’s necklace, which my mom fastened on for me, and earrings from my Aunt Joan, who couldn’t be there on the day itself and who has now passed away.
We had TARDIS lights hanging behind our couples’ table as well.
What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?
Nick: Our theme for slightly more nerdy people was “Doctor Who”; and our theme for the nerdiest people was “Whouffaldi”.
This is a pairing we identify with and bonded over as a couple, although both of us loved Doctor Who long before.
Colleen: Each table was assigned a different Doctor as its individual theme and we had place cards explaining the table theme for those who weren’t “in the know” about the show.
Our colour palette was TARDIS blue, silver and gold, with pops of yellow. I had a sunflower in my hair in reference to “Vincent & the Doctor” and I wore an Exploding TARDIS shawl over my dress.
What was the best bit of your day?
One of my favourite moments was sitting with Nick and the groomsmen and bridesmaids and drinking Scotch out of flasks the groomsmen carried.
My dad kept walking up to the Best Man, looking pointedly at his pocket, and waiting for a sip!
Nick and I both loved dancing with our parents (I had my mom join the traditional Father-Daughter dance).
There was also an amazing moment where two of my cousins both dramatically karaoke’d to Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”.
There were just so many wonderful moments – it’s impossible to pick just one!
Is there anything you would do differently?
If we could do things differently, I think we would stand our ground more on the things that we wanted and didn’t want.
If I could, I would also try not to stress so much and just remember that the day is about celebrating a love and bond that already exists.
The day is special because you get to celebrate with your friends and family, and as long as the party is good and food and drink is plentiful, all will be well.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t worry so much about what other people want or demand. The day is yours, and it needs to be representative of you.
Consider what family and friends want – but at the end of the day, it’s about you as a couple.
Don’t be a Bride / Groomzilla, but follow your heart as you plan, and don’t stress so much about the process!
Doctor Who inspired Wedding Vendors
Photographer – Raven Shutley – You Are Raven Photography
Venue – The Rose Cottage in Kennesaw – Georgia (now closed)
Wedding Dress – Impression Bridal Atlanta – Kennesaw – Georgia
Bridal Shoes – Irregular Choice
Accessories/Jewelry – Earrings by Holly Yashi, were a gift from Colleen’s Aunt; Necklace belonged to Colleen’s grandma; Clutch belongs to Colleen’s mom Peg
Bridesmaid Gowns – selected by each Bridesmaid individually
Suit ( Groom and Groomsmen) – Ebay
Cake Maker – Nick Berquist (Groom) and Tamera Leigh (friend of the Bride – made gluten-free cupcakes and dairy-free desserts)
Caterer – Williamson Bros. BBQ; Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegetarian Options provided by Tamera Odham
Florist – Nick Berquist (Groom) handmade the flowers
Stationery – Custom by Bride & Groom
Make up – Ann Spence
Hair Stylist – Jessi Poore
To Contact You Are Raven Photography
Website – https://youareraven.com/
Email – Raven@YouAreRaven.com