I’m a geek. A nerd. A dork. I love a lot of traditionally “geeky” things (sci-fi, fantasy, graphic novels, anime, dinosaurs…who am I kidding – everyone loves dinosaurs) and I love them A LOT. I think author John Green sums it up pretty well:
“Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.” – John Green
Being a geek does not mean that you can’t have style, it just means that you want to express your love for things that are awesome. Like, all the time. Even at your wedding. I was chatting with photographer extraordinaire Candice Benjamin about this phenomenon – sometime after I introduced her to the BBC TV show Doctor Who – and we lamented the fact that as wedding professionals and geeks, we don’t see a lot of fandom-inspired weddings that are also outright glamorous. Maybe, we thought, other geeks are under the impression that your wedding can’t be geeky and gorgeous at the same time.
In honor of our love for the sci-fi television series Doctor Who, and the show’s 50th anniversary this year, we decided to put together the geekiest, chic-iest wedding imaginable. We called up Jen from First Pick Planning, adding her event planning expertise to our fangirl knowledge. Together with some amazing vendors, we crafted a TARDIS blue and sparkling gold event that any bride could appreciate, but with lots of special touches that reveal our Whovian obsession.
Music: "Doctor" by Chris Bartels/Anthem Falls Music Purchase this track! Click here!
Photography by Candice Benjamin Photography – Check out her blog post!
Bridal Gown Hope Stanley, Bridal Stylist at Marry Me Bridal
Birdcage VeilTessa Kim
Bride’s Cape and EarringsBHLDN
Print Design: Mintwich Design
Floral Design: Studio Ooh La La
Ceremony Venue: Big Bear Solar Observatory
Ceremony Make-up and hair: Melissa Abad Makeup
Fourth Doctor's Scarf: NoemisKnits
TARDIS Kindle Cover: mdk Studios 898
Reception Venue: Huron Substation, Los Angeles
Reception Make-up and hair: Evelyn Lui of Serene Bridal Beauty
Cake: A Twist of Cake
Table Number Art: Meghan Stratman
Dining Furniture and Place Settings: Classic Party Rentals
Statement Furniture & Pendant Lights: FormDecor
Lighting: Mastermind Production Group
Cocktail Bar: Night Owl Productions
Eleventh Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver & The Master's Pocket Watch: ThinkGeek
Extra Special Thanks To: Kasey McKay, Josh McKay, Alastair James Murden, Chris Wayne, and Bree Rhoten
How did you do it?
A styled shoot with vows?
I’ve made videos for a few styled wedding shoots before, and they’re always fun and pretty, but they’re not as engaging as a real wedding film. I wanted to include more personality, more story, and of course more references to Doctor Who! The show has so many beautiful lines about love and friendship, so I pulled together lines and references over many episodes and seasons to write vows for this Whovian bride and groom. If anyone can pick out all of the quotes and what episodes they came from, I will send you a sonic screwdriver. Really.
Where are the Daleks?
We decided early on that the villains were not invited. Daleks have no concept of love or beauty – they’d be so uncomfortable at a wedding! And we don’t want them exterminating the guests.
I want this wedding!
^ If anyone feels this way, please email me now. Right now. We still have a lot of these details on hand, and I can’t express how thrilled I’d be to document a real Whovian wedding!
Thanks for all your love, everybody! If you’re a fan, please connect with me on Twitter @jakfotofilms so that we can all squee and cry over Series 7 Part 2 together.
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