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A ‘Vision’ of Things to Come

29 Oct

Alternative Title: Why the Bighorns don’t have a wedding theme.

During our wedding planning journey, Mr Big and I get asked the question, ‘what’s your theme?’. Often it’s met with blank stares and a long, ‘uhhhh’ from the both of us. This is because Mr Bighorn and I don’t really have a theme, but more a ‘vision’ (ha, I feel like a ponce saying that). We have stylistic elements that will hopefully make the feel of the wedding more seamless, but we don’t have a deadest theme.

Let me explain.

On the outset of our engagement, we Bighorns wanted to incorporate the traditions from my culture (for example, the Chinese tea ceremony), from his culture (for example, the white wedding dress) and our love of all things geek. Our ideas varied considerably, from the colours red and gold being our wedding colours, a photo booth with geeky photo booth props, badges as wedding favours with names of each guests and witty remarks on who they are (or who we know them as), and there was even talk of a zombie-themed cake topper with us equipped with weapons and fighting back zombies!

We also wanted to incorporate more than one of our fandoms. For instance, I’m not just a gamer geek; I also love board games, anime, sci-fi and supernatural TV shows and movies, and I’m also a total Dis-nerd (a Disney nerd). Mr Bighorn is a total gamer geek, loves tech (he keeps up-to-date on Microsoft especially), has a huge collection of TV shows and movies in all genres (sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, you name it!), loves board games, and is also something of a Dis-nerd. Our love for all things geeky, nerdy and dorky is only as big as our love for music and each other.

I also wanted very much to have an underlying Beauty and the Beast feel (that is both his and my favourite Disney Princess film. I know, how the eff did I get this guy!?), while also adding in geeky elements and giving a nice, solid nod towards the cultural and traditional.

With all that said and done, the only logical theme would be something called “geek chic”. The term ‘geek chic’ is a combination of all things chic and all things geek. It means elegant and delicious wedding cupcakes with zombie-fighting cake toppers; gorgeous floral arrangements in conical flasks; cute heart-shaped USBs as wedding favours; and an ASCII heart instead of the usual “Mr & Mrs” at the head table (although that’s cute too!). It sounded like the perfect theme for the wedding day, but as we began to plan more, our theme changed way too many times to count, even despite the fact that we tried to stay on track.

It was then that we decided that the word ‘theme’ cemented our ideas too firmly to one thing. For all intents and purposes, our wedding will still be geeky and chic. However, with the hodgepodge of other things that has been thrown into the mix, either by myself, Mr Big, or family and friends who have contributed, it was much easier on us to keep a set ‘vision’ in mind instead of stubbornly sticking to a theme.

We’ll still have a crapton of geeky elements (ASCII heart, cake topper) but there were some that we had to take out. We’ve expanded our wedding colours, but made sure to keep the palette constricted so as not to overdo it! And we’re still very much trying to stick to our vision without restricting ourselves to a specific theme.

I’m hoping that it all works out ok, but Mr Big seems to be more on top of it than I am. Sometimes I wonder why he isn’t the one doing most of the planning!

What do you guys think? Are we crazy for not sticking to a ‘theme’?

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They’re kissing… for science.

30 Aug

So guys, I’ve dropped hints about our cake topper previously. So I thought I’d finally tell the Hive! 🙂

From the beginning (I’m talking back in July of 2012!), we wanted to inject a little bit of geekiness into our wedding. We’ll be doing that through several things – the props of our photobooth, some of our choices in music, and the quintessential piece of them all – the cake topper.

Originally, I mentioned many times that Mr Big and I both wanted a cake topper of us fighting the zombie horde, like this:

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Cake topper – fighting the horde with style! / Image from Garden Ninja Studios.

However, to get the bride and groom and 2 zombies, it meant forking out a LOT of dough. Add to that shipping from the US, where the toppers came from, and that was a lot of money for a topper. So we started thinking of alternatives. I found a few good cake topper designers, but none of them really gave us the feel of what we really liked as a couple.

There were either too cutesy for us:

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Wall-e & Eve cake topper / Image and Topper from Annacrafts.

Or too far away from what we originally wanted:

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The Running Bride & Groom / Image and Topper from Weddings and Wire.

I loved the works of both annacrafts and Weddings and Wire, but they departed too much from our original image. They weren’t any cheaper, either, so we’d still be paying a good amount of money to get them. By this point, however, Mr Big and I had figured that – if we wanted to get a unique cake topper that was very “us” – then we shouldn’t worry too much about money.

But (more than) $400 was still way too much for us to grasp!

So back to the drawing board we went – literally! I enlisted the help of my awesome Maid of Honour/big sister to design us some cake topper ideas we had. She churned out the goods over a month and we received these beauties:

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Miss Big and Mr Big standing on a Cube, K-I-S-S-I-N-G… yeah that didn’t work. / Image from MoH M&Ms.

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Fighting the horde – with style!! / Image from MoH M&Ms.

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Romance with Portals! / Image from MoH M&Ms.

As you can probably tell, two of three are Portal-inspired. This is because Mr Big and my relationship grew from this wonderful game. We have many, many, many other things in common (music, likes, dislikes, intelligent debates, etc.) but Portal was got me into the one thing I refused to do before meeting him: play a video game on my own.

I don’t want to go too much into it, because this post is already SUPER long, but basically, after completing the first Portal game, I become what one would call a “female gamer chick”. I don’t play competitively (I suck at competitive death-match-y type games) but I LOVE playing co-operatively. In fact, if you watch StudioSomething’s stop-motion video, it states in the end that marriage is the ultimate co-op! That’s how Mr Big and I see our marriage as – we co-operate with each other to reach each other’s goals and help each other along the way.

Anyway, to get back on target, we decided – after polling others and deliberating the kind of feel we want for the wedding – to pull the trigger and contact Garden Ninja Studios. After going through details with Mr Andrew Olds, the mastermind behind the geek cake toppers of Garden Ninja Studios, we finalised everything and patiently waited for the cake topper to come in.

Well, guys, while we were in Melbourne, we got a package. After returning from the trip, we excitedly opened up the package and found these babies inside:

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OH MY GOD. THIS IS AWESOME.

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Kissing – for science.

We decided to go with the first design!

We are SO ecstatic with the whole thing and can’t wait to display these on our cake! And then in our home!! Drew is an AWESOME designer and if anyone wants to get a custom-made, one-of-a-kind cake topper, I HIGHLY recommend his work!

Who else would go or went with a custom cake topper? 🙂

(All photos personal unless otherwise stated.)