You know that old phrase, “a wedding is for the bride”? I’ve heard many grooms reference it in the past, and I have always disagreed. A wedding is the celebration of love between two people, not just the person with color coordination skills or the best taste in clothing.
It’s easy to look at pictures from our wedding and quickly jump to the conclusion that this was all my idea. “A video game wedding? How did he get away with that?!” is a common statement from people who don’t know anything about us. If there’s one thing I know about by wife, it’s that she loves video games. Sometimes I think she loves them ever more than I do!
It all started the first time we booted up Minecraft and joined a game together. It’s difficult to describe Minecraft, but let’s just say it’s essentially an open sandbox world that you can explore, build and create in. The first goal of the game is always to build a shelter to protect you from the evil creatures that lurk at night.
“If there’s one thing I know about by wife, it’s that she loves video games. Sometimes I think she loves them more than I do!”
We created a crude house and, after the first night passed, Asia kicked me out to go hunting for food while she tidied up the place. While I was out searching for wild pigs and cows, I heard her giggling from across the room. I walked back to our “home” and found a sign that said “I love you.” From then on, I knew things would work out. Obviously our love goes deeper than a video game, but it was amazing how much we learned about each other by playing the game together.
After proposing to Asia in front of over 5,000 people at MineCon, the first Minecraft convention in Las Vegas, it seemed natural to continue the theme to our big day. We made plenty of friends at the convention, including Lydia Winters, “Director of Fun” at Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft. She was key in helping me arrange the proposal – and by that I mean she pretty much did everything while I showed up with Asia and a ring. She was also responsible for hooking me up with several key contacts who were involved with the show.
One of those contacts was Jones Soda, which generously donated 150 custom Minecraft soda bottles for our wedding. Junkboy, the original artist behind the fantastic 8-bit art style of the game, actually took time to design the diamond Jones bottles used in the proposal, as well as the rest of the amazing Minecraft labels. Another important person was Greg Aronowitz, the incredible artist behind the Minecraft statues seen at the show. Greg let us drive to LA and pluck the figures from his studio for the wedding – while he was overseas in London! The most incredible thing about Greg is that he put full trust in a couple of nerds he had never met to bring his artwork home safe and sound after the wedding. We can’t thank him enough.
There are many other people who played pivotal roles in making our wedding happen, like my aunt and cousin who arranged all of the botanical decorations, or the owners of the wedding location – Beatnik Studios – who gave us a killer deal, but I really want to draw attention to the untold pillars on which we built this wedding: our wonderful friends. When I posted a Facebook event advertising that we needed to meticulously spray paint over 100 boxes using stencils to recreate Minecraft blocks, I expected a few friends to volunteer. At one point during the event day we had over 15 friends helping us with the project, from building the boxes, to painting on the base coat, to spray painting different colors with homemade stencils. It would have taken ten times as long without their help!
Our wedding turned out better than we had ever imagined and we have great friends and family, incredibly generous people, and months of hard work and planning to thank for it.
All photographs by The Goodness.