From the Creative Team
Susan and Derek had planned on having a large wedding in October but because of the global pandemic, they had cut their guest list down to a cozy number of 30 and moved forward with only the ceremony. portion. Nonetheless, their wedding was very unique, laced with geeky video games and movie references and details from Zelda, Lord of the Rings, and Pokemon. As their planner, I paid special attention to the Covid restrictions and made sure seats were spaced apart, sanitizer stations were placed around the venue, and that everyone had their masks on at all times. No sharing of pens were allowed and people were to limit conversations and conglomerating in groups.
Upon entry, guests were greeted with a stunning handmade Triforce that hung from a copper arch along with a floor to ceiling white drape backdrop that we assembled. Little paper rupees were left on each seat for guests to write notes for the newly married couple that were then dropped off in a treasure chest on the way out. We placed stuffed cartoon characters around on tables and guest chairs for a pop of colour and fun and said hello a few times to a guest who looked so handsome in an inflatable dinosaur. Even the bags to hold the groomsmaid/bridemaid gifts were the sacks you see in the Zelda games! Everyone was so excited to see these small reminders of their childhood N64 and gameboy days!
The wedding entourage walked down to Lord of The Ring’s Bag End song and Susan walked down to Zelda’s Ballad of the Goddess. Her wedding dress was very much that of a goddess as she had a beautiful long cape that draped over her shoulders so elegantly as she walked down the aisle. It felt so magical fixing her train as she walked her first few steps down the centre of the room. The couple also arranged for the photographers to set up a live streaming of the ceremony so that guests were able to witness the ceremony from their homes safely from a distance.
The most emotional part of the wedding was having the bride’s ill mother attend the wedding. In a wheelchair, she was pushed my family members throughout the day and could barely lift her eyes to observe her daughter’s wonderful marriage. But the important thing was that she was able to attend and witness this day before she passed away a few weeks after the memorable occasion. This was a definite pull in the heart strings and wedding will be an idyllic legend forever. Congratulations Susan and Derek.