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A Whimsical, Rustic Wedding at Stillwell House and Garden in Tucson, Arizona

Kathleen Marsland (26 and a teacher) and Matt Marsland (28 and a multimedia developer) met in their college Japanese class and quickly bonded over the

Kathleen Marsland (26 and a teacher) and Matt Marsland (28 and a multimedia developer) met in their college Japanese class and quickly bonded over their love of video games and Japanese animation. Their wedding theme “evolved into what I can only describe as eclectic elegance with video game and animation elements,” says the bride. Kathleen and Matt got married at the Stillwell House and Garden in Tucson, Arizona, chosen for its lush courtyard and old architecture that matched the vintage atmosphere the couple sought. For a vibrant fall feel at the October wedding, the bride selected orange as a primary decor color, complemented by cobalt blue and accents of chocolate and gold elements. The ceremony took place in the courtyard, where Kathleen and Matt exchanged their vows in front of an altar with hanging glass baubles filled with flowers, moss and lights. They marked their union with a unity cactus and recessed into the cocktail hour, where a friend played their favorite video game songs on the piano. The reception and seated dinner took place in the courtyard, followed by a nightclub-inspired dance party indoors. Totoro details made an impact as table numbers and the custom topper to their wedding cake, and the groom’s cake was a tribute to Kingdom Hearts, the video game that brought them together. “What we ended up with was a mash-up of vintage, modern and geek all rolled into one,” says the bride.

The wedding invitations were formal, with a Moroccan pattern of blue, orange and chocolate elements.
Lace Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress
Vibrant Orange Fall-Inspired Bouquets
The bride’s bouquet consisted of orange ranunculus, red carnations, peach roses, dahlias, hypericum berries, thistles and greens. “I wanted the flowers to have a vibrant fall feel and to have an organic look,” says Kathleen.
Fall-Inspired Boutonniere in Arizona
The bridesmaids wore cobalt blue, tea-length dresses from Alfred Angelo, and the groomsmen sported smoke gray tuxedos with blue vests and orange ties.
Blue Vase With Orange Flower Centerpieces
Colorful Custom Pennant Flag Wedding Sign
Hanging Glass Bauble With Orange Ranunculus Decor
Kathleen and Matt were married at the Stillwell House and Garden, which they chose for its lush courtyard and old architecture that matched the vintage atmosphere they wanted. “Although we live in the desert, we didn’t want this to be the prominent vibe for our wedding,” says Kathleen.
Kathleen and Matt Unity Cactus at Arizona Wedding
Kathleen and Matt Recessional at Stillwell House and Garden
At the ceremony site, the couple filled glass globes with a variety of ranunculus, delphiniums and other flowers with moss and lights at the bottom, which twinkled softly during the reception.
Stillwell House and Garden Courtyard Reception
The centerpieces for the tables included arrangements of blue delphinium, white roses, hypericum berries and curly willow with whimsical Totoro table numbers.
Blue Totoro Japanese Animation-Inspired Table Numbers
The couple gave their guests bottles of tea from Dragonfly Tea Company. “Our tea was ‘Company’s Coming,’ a black floral tea with added rose petals for the occasion,” says Kathleen.
Blue Nightclub-Inspired Reception Dance Room
The couple had a custom Totoro cake topper, inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s animation “My Neighbor Totoro.” Matt has done kendo from a young age, so the couple cut their wedding cake with one of his swords.
“Our groom’s cake was an homage to Kingdom Hearts, the video game that brought us both together,” says the bride.