As a total geek at heart, I've been dying to do a nerd-culture-inspired wedding. So when I met Debbie and Vivian, the planners behind Fandom Affairs, I knew I had to reach out for a collaboration. Turns out it was a match made in Hyrule. (Okay, sorry, that was a terrible pun!)
We asked, "What would it look like if Link and Zelda got married?" and put together a totally unique take on this "royal" wedding. The team included subtle nods to The Legend of Zelda video game series throughout the design, with special focus on Ocarina of Time. Even if you don't understand what I'm talking about, you'll still fall in love with this green and gold woodland romance...
A subtle Hyrule symbol is emblazoned on each menu, which sits atop gorgeous mixed-patterned china and real log chargers.
The table was covered in a runner of overgrown moss and circled with a eucalyptus and berry garland. The three candles on the table—in red, green, and blue—are a delicate nod to the colors of the "Triforce" representing power, wisdom, and courage. (As far as video-game wedding symbolism goes, you have to admit that's kind of beautiful!)
If triangle-shaped escort cards forming the shape of a Triforce don't make you think "Now this is a Legend of Zelda wedding!", don't worry; the display also includes the classic line "It's dangerous to go alone, take this!"
One of my favorite details of this invitation suite is the clever RSVP card lines, with which you can reply that you "can't wait to explore Hyrule" or send your regrets as you are "stuck on Death Mountain."
I can't get enough of this cake! It's not just on a stump cake stand, that bottom tier is actually made entirely of cake! Every last detail from the hyperrealistic bark to the moss to each flower petal is 100% edible art!
Of course, Link couldn't go anywhere without Navi by his side, so where better to travel along than on his boutonniere?
Each chair back sign features the notes of an ocarina song; Zelda's includes the notes of "Zelda's Lullaby" while Link's has the "Song of Time".
Zelda needed a powerful, regal look that fit her, so she swapped her crown for a gorgeous golden vine headpiece and wore a golden body-jewelry piece where she might otherwise wear armor. Coupled with her mermaid gown, it was a wedding ensemble fit for a princess. (I know, the puns! I just can't stop!)
Having Link wear green is a must, so this green suit was perfect!
Check out this gorgeous twist on Zelda's braided hairstyle.
This cape helped bring a little drama to Zelda's look.
Ending the day with an ocarina serenade...
Venue: Inn of the Seventh Ray • Planning and Design: Fandom Affairs • Photography: Jade Elora Photography • Videography: Paul Kwak Productions • Stationery/Calligraphy: Calligraphy Nerd • Cake: Baked Goods Unlimited • Florals: Nu-Leaf Design • Rentals: Dish Wish • Linens: Luxe Linen • Bridal Gown: Lili Bridals • Bridal Accessories: Adina’s Bridal • Groom's Attire: ASOS • Make-up Artist: Beauty By Sofia • Hair Stylist: Hair by Summer Barratt • Groom: Aldon Baker • Bride: Ekaterina Gorbacheva