When I was a kid and gave any thought to weddings, I always had a very traditional image in my head. White dress, black tux, a very serious tone, friends and family crying, etc. Being a geek, though, my imagination was set on fire by a trip my Dad took me on in eighth grade to Las Vegas, NV. It was a Christmas present, and since my Dad knew I was a huge Star Trek fan, he took me to the Las Vegas Hilton’s Star Trek: The Experience so that I could have the opportunity to stand on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
When we arrived in Vegas and I walked into the sheer heaven that the Experience was, I began to see many new possibilities and situations that my geekdom could extend into, and it was there that I found, for the first time, the geek wedding.
You see, the Experience, being in Vegas, created the opportunity for Star Trek fans to actually wed the loves of their lives on the bridge of the Enterprise. The wedding package even included a reception in Quark’s Bar and Lounge, fully completing those nuptials in the final frontier. I thought it was a really cool idea as a kid, but when I got older, and grew up more in my small pacific northwestern town, I began to think that it was just a pipe dream of geeks that couldn’t really happen in real life. Weddings were too serious to actually create like that on your own, and finding a potential spouse that would be open to that kind of wedding would be nigh-impossible.
Then, about a year ago, I saw a cosplay wedding that really inspired me. Jonathan Carroll, a prominent cosplayer who makes a great Superman, and who has influenced the name of Lois Lane’s current boyfriend in the comics, posted pictures of his wedding where he and his groomsmen wore very regal-looking black Kryptonian robes with the El family crest, the Superman S-shield, emblazoned on the chest in white.
What struck me most about the images of Mr. Carroll’s wedding was how it managed to feel very appropriate for the tone of a traditional wedding while still celebrating the love of those geeky interests. In the past year, I hadn’t seen very many other great examples of a cosplay wedding since then, until a new one went viral. It’s a beautiful story: a woman needs help hanging a poster, a guy comes and helps her. They’ve gravitated toward two comics characters in particular: he loved Nightwing (Dick Grayson, the original Robin), and she loved Batgirl (Barbara Gordon, the Commissioner’s daughter). In the comics, those two have always had a consistent romantic link. So, what do they naturally decide to do?
They gave the characters the kind of wedding that many fans have wanted for them by creating it and incorporating it into their own love and devotion for each other.
The wedding of Laura Taylor and Seth Teeples is one of the most awesome geeky weddings I’ve ever seen. Everything from the wedding invitations to the wardrobe for the groomsmen, “bridesdudes,” and the couple themselves made for a celebration of the union of two people who love eachother, as well as a celebration of one of the things that brought them so close together. Even the bouquet was made out of comics! Take a look at a few of the pictures below, and be sure to see the full gallery on the bride’s imgur page!
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