Friday, April 25, 2014

A&A Superhero Wedding

Last month I had the great pleasure to photograph one of the most creative and fun weddings I have ever seen! Amanda and Andrew had a fun, completely DIY Superhero themed wedding! 
Everything down to the bodice of her dress and their paper flowers made of comics was superhero themed. Even their guests dressed up! With the help of family and friends these two had an unforgettable and unique day that no one will forget anytime soon. 

The Proposal!
I was coaching, and we had extremely long beaks in between my games. So for what I thought was my birthday Andrew kept leaving me clues to follow that would lead me to places like Starbucks ( for coffee after my 8 am game) and lunch (after the 12) game. Then he gave me another clue that lead to Costco for a birthday dinner where my family and friends showed up to surprise me! After we ate dinner at Costco, which is a family tradition for birthdays, the next clue lead to a bowling alley. I thought how cool Andrew went through all this trouble to give me an awesome birthday party. Little did I know there was still another clue waiting for me after bowling was completed. The night was almost over and everyone was having a good time, I walked over to Andrew and thanked him when I saw another envelope with the number 8 on it. I was like oh another clue how cool do I get like ice cream or something? I begged him to open it before he was ready to let me, and he did. This one was different though, it was written in HIS handwriting; it said " I know this year hasn't been the best for you, but I still want to end it on a positive note. So here is the question of the day...Will you marry me?" I looked up all my friends and family around us, and he was on his knee with a ring! Best birthday party/ present ever!!!


So how'd you pull it all off? 
We put a lot of work into the details that went into the wedding. Most of the superhero/comic book themed things in our wedding were hand made. We started making things about one year before our wedding, starting with homemade shadow boxes for each of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Each box had a comic book of their super hero, a hand written note asking them to be in our wedding, and for the girls a piece of jewelry that represented their character. The boxes were made by my dad and Andrew then were decoupaged and painted by me. We made wood cut outs that were on the pillars lining the aisles( these were also used as props in the photo booth) Andrew cut them out and I painted them. They represented all the characters of the people in the wedding party. Around the same time we were doing this, my dad's girlfriend Rhonda, who is fantastic, started to make the groomsmen's vests. Each vest was made of fabric that matched their character. She worked on the vests for about 9 months, between fabric shopping, trial runs, and the final products. My mom designed, printed, and hand colored our save the dates( I helped a little, but I don't color within the lines) this took about two months of coloring, then she spent another two months designing our actual wedding invitations! They looked fantastic. I bought my dress from Maria Miranda bridal studios in May 2013. When I bought it, I had the idea of adding Spider-Man fabric to my dress and the designer was all for it! Then I bought some decoupaged heels and my maid of honor decided it looked easy enough and together we decoupaged all the bridesmaids shoes to match their characters. Soon after Andrew and I moved out of state and had to finish planning from Arizona. We decided we didn't want real flowers, so we made our flowers out of card stock and comic books. This was a real team effort! Not only did we have new friends in Arizona that would come over and fold flowers, but my parents were making flowers in California as well. It took 6 months to make the flowers. It felt like we would never finish them, but we did. The last little bit that we did ourselves was the centerpieces, we decided each table was going to represent a different comic book wedding, it took about 9 months of going to different comic shops, and searching the internet, but we found 17 wedding covers and turned them into the centerpieces. My mom's girlfriend put the finishing touches on the tables by cutting out sheets of superhero tattoos and scattered them on the table. Andrews sister designed the guest books.Our wedding was a total team effort, we couldn't have done it with out the help of our families and extended family.



Venue-  Coyote Hill Golf Course
Cake- Frost My Cake
Photographer- Kylea Tigner Photography
Videography- Agent Chill Entertainment