A DIY Comic Book Wedding at a Private Residence in Beaumont, California

Jessica O’Toole (27 and a steam locomotive engineer) and David Tercero (32 and a graphic designer) went with a “geek chic” wedding theme, celebrating

Jessica O’Toole (27 and a steam locomotive engineer) and David Tercero (32 and a graphic designer) went with a “geek chic” wedding theme, celebrating what made them fall in love with each other. “We really wanted to try to do it in a way where it felt like a classic backyard wedding, just with nerdy sprinkles scattered throughout,” Jessica says. “This way, our friends and family didn’t feel out of place, but the ones who noticed the details got superexcited.” After meeting at a punk rock show (they were in separate bands at the time) and connecting over “more nerdy topics, like favorite video games and sci-fi dramas,” Dave and Jess knew they were going to a big part of each other’s lives. They started a band together and “decided to go out, just to see what would happen.” After their first kiss, everything changed. “Dave just sat there with this look, like he just had the most important epiphany of his life, like suddenly the world stopped and everything made sense,” Jess says. After a moment of silence, he announced, “That’s it. I found you.” Eventually they moved in together, keeping “music, creativity and general nerdiness at the core of our relationship,” Jess says. Their wedding reflected this, with invitation references to "Doctor Who," "The Avengers," "Star Wars," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Pokemon," "Back to the Future," "Harry Potter" and "Jurassic Park." In addition, their preceremony music consisted of songs from favorite video games performed on piano, and attire included a "Doctor Who"-themed garter for the bride and socks for the groom. The reception featured vintage arcade games like Pac-Man, Q-bert and Donkey Kong, plus a comic book page photo wall created with props from conventions the couple attended together, a "Totoro"-themed wedding cake a BB-8 disco ball, and River Song’s journal (from "Doctor Who") as their handmade guest book. Other elements included Double Double burgers provided by an In-N-Out catering truck, tater tots served by the local sandwich shop and a self-serve beverage bar. As for the ceremony, Jess says she didn’t have anyone “give her away” because that felt old-fashioned. “I’ve always been independent, followed my heart and made my own decisions,” she says. After being announced husband and wife, they made their way to the arcade area and played a game of Marvel vs. Capcom. “We aren’t a very traditional couple, and that’s one of the things we love about our relationship,” Jess says. “As such, we never felt the need to blindly follow any sort of tradition. Instead, we look at our lives and cultivate each aspect to suit our needs and interests, and we couldn’t be happier. Complete honesty and open communication are essential to creating a sustainable, balanced and happy life. You should never be afraid, no matter how silly you may feel. Celebrate your individuality.” —Chrissy Sorenson

The companion cube from the video game Portal 2, a first-person-perspective puzzle, doubled as the ring boxes. Jess and Dave made the boxes with chipboard, various types of paper, watercolor paints and glue.
Jess and Dave created all their invitations to showcase their design abilities—and the capabilities of their new online store, Kittysaur Paper Goods—to friends and family.  According to the website, the store "celebrates your inner child, without compromising your grown-up sensibilities" and focuses on creative uses of paper. In lieu of a traditional wedding registry, they registered for items including a laser cutter, a heavy-duty paper cutter and silk-screening supplies.
Since it was a backyard wedding, Jessica knew she didn't want an elaborate dress dragging across the grass or tall heels sinking into the ground. "I wanted something practical, comfortable and classic," she says. She selected an A-line in ivory (to offset her fair complexion) with a vintage aesthetic to tie in with the backyard geek-chic theme. She coupled this with ivory shoes with spool heels and pearls she inherited from her great aunt.
Jess wanted a dress she could feel comfortable and confident wearing, "so every moment of my wedding would be spent focusing on the happiness I felt from getting married," rather than adjusting or fidgeting with or worrying about her dress.
After seeing beautiful paper flowers on Etsy, Jess created her own bouquet from comic book pages from one of her favorite comics, "Saga." She also created more than 400 flowers for the centerpieces, as well as bouquets and boutonnieres for the bridal party (thoughtfully crafted from their favorite comics). "The flowers were not only well-received by our attendees but also cost effective."
Dave chose a slim gray suit with an ivory shirt and a turquoise bow tie to reflect their wedding color. Jess made his boutonniere from the comics of one of his favorite movies, "Back to the Future."
The bridesmaids chose their own dresses in turquoise, and the groomsmen wore gray pants, white button-down shirts and turquoise bow ties.
Jess and Dave worked with the officiant for several weeks before the wedding to craft her speech and "make sure it reflected us and our values." After the speech was finalized, the officiant transcribed it in the couple's guest book. After the wedding, when everyone had signed the guest book, Jess and Dave transferred their vows to the pages and promised to write a love letter to each other on the remaining pages during every anniversary.
The seating chart listed tables of 10 and Jess and Dave's wedding hashtag.
There wasn't a traditional aisle since Jess and Dave got married in the same space where dinner would be happening, so they split the tables down the middle and used the long rectangular tables to mark where the aisle was and had the squares and rounds outside those tables. A pergola that Dave's father made decorated with red draping and comic book flowers. When the sun started to set, the backyard was illuminated with bistro lights.
Jess and Dave chose turquoise and red as their wedding colors, a perfect complement to their "geek chic" theme. The centerpieces consisted of spray-painted gold and glitter bottles holding two to four paper flowers.
The cake topper was handmade cartoon versions of Jess and Dave with Totoro – a character from one of their favorite movies, My Neighbor Totoro, as their cake topper. According to their photographer, "We can honestly say we never thought we’d see anime-anything at a wedding, but it absolutely fit in."
In-N-Out Burger Food Truck
Jess and Dave rented vintage arcade games, including Pac-Man, Q-bert, Donkey Kong, Tapper, Forgotten Worlds and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The area was a big hit with their guests.
There were "Star Wars" details added in various ways, including this BB-8 disco ball over the dance floor.
Friends loved posing in front of the photo wall, which was created out of colorful comic book pages.