How To Nerd Up Your Wedding

Marine Wedding Ideas

Do you and your soon-to-be play endless amounts of video games? Are you two known to geek out at your local comicbook store? Well then you may not need the help, but we have a few very fun ideas for how you can nerd up your wedding day!

Adrienne and Jay’s wedding was a fun and fabulous day at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, California with some geeky elements we just had to share with you! If you just can’t get enough, don’t forget to check out the full gallery, where all of the amazing details were perfectly captured by Heather Elizabeth Photography.

wedding hair

yellow wedding shoes

teal bridesmaid dresses

Favorite Sports Team Colors As Wedding Colors!
When the groom was asked what colors he preferred for a wedding he replied with, “Weddings have colors?” followed by a strong preference for NHL Sharks colors of black, teal, and orange. Incorporating his color preference with her love of bold and bright colors, the contrast of the two color palettes played out harmoniously. Having a broad color palette lead to having more flexibility with the design of the event, but still achieved a cohesive overall concept

Make Your Boutonnieres Super!
Since boutonnieres are the man’s bouquet the groom chose to spice them up with a little super hero action. Each groomsman picked out their favorite character from Marvels X-men, and had it incorporated into the boutonniere.

superhero boutonnieres for groomsmen

first wedding look

Oh The Places You’ll Go!
Since the Groom serves in the military and moves quite frequently the brides father made a sign to represent all the places they have been (South Korea, Fort Hood, Fort Sill…etc), plus one just for fun(“Death Star” pointing to the sky)! Having design elements that different members of the family could contribute to or be apart of helped add meaning and create a greater connection for them to the event.

cute wedding sign pointing to everywhere the groom has been stationed for the military

nice ride for the bride

wedding party

The event was held over Labor Day weekend at the gorgeous Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, CA.The location was chosen for its beauty and it’s exceptional indoor/outdoor event space that it provided a wonderful flow for the event. Different parts of the night were staged in separate areas that all transitioned nicely for the guests who moved from one to the other.

Make Your Reception Entrance Your Own!
After the guests were seated for dinner, the groomsmen were introduced into the dinner to the sound of Mario Kart music along with fake cardboard karts that they pretended to drive around the seated guests.

photography by Heather Elizabeth


Mario Kart wedding party entrance

Every wedding has that one table that thinks they are the BEST table at the wedding, and the coolest kids in town. Playing on this idea each tables were named things like “The Fabulous Table”, “The Superb Table”, and “The Ultimate Table” in order to make every guest feel like they are on top. This turned out to be one of the most memorable items from the wedding that people still talk about today.

In recognition to all the marriages that inspired the bride and groom, and taught them about commitment and true love, family members attending the event were asked to send in pictures of themselves at their weddings to decorate each cocktail table.

pin wheel escort cards

fun table names

friends and family wedding photos as table decor

whats for dinner framed menu

The wedding theme was a combination of color, fun, and family. Everywhere that a touch of personalization and meaning could be added there was. It was important to the bride and groom that the whole event was representative of both their tastes rather than favoring one heavily over the other.

Equally as important was the comfort and enjoyment of their guests who would be sharing in this incredible day. From flip-flops for guests who wanted to ditch their heels and dance, to shawls for the cold ones, to warm chocolate chip cookies on their way out, guests were well taken care of so they could fully let loose and enjoy themselves properly.

orange and teal wedding cake

shalls to stay warm and dancing shoes

just married get away car sign

Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery
Caterer: Continental Caterers
Cake: BethAnn Goldberg of Studio Cake
Cake Topper: MilkTea by Bthanari
Hair & Makeup: Artists by Sherrie Long
Photo Booth: Glass Coat Photo Booth Co.
DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys
Musicians: Steel Jam
Rentals: A-Abco Rentals & Hartmann Studios
Transportation: Bauer's
Flowers: Events To Remember

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, orange
Styles: classic, modern

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Magnolia Rouge Newest Issue + Beach Bridal Session Tips

Magnolia Rouge cover

It has been decided that if we were to get married all over again, a bridal session would be on the top of our list. They would most definitely be captured by Erich Mcvey, and if dreams came true we would hop on a plane and travel Auckland, New Zealand to have our picture snapped on a rugged black sand beach.  It would be identical to the beach from our next inspirational bridal shoot for the newest issue of Magnolia Rouge. Sounds dreamy …. right?

Perhaps you won’t be able to travel to Auckland, but we are sure there is a perfectly lovely beach close to home for your beach bridal session. To help you prepare – we have a few tips that we hope come in handy. After you are done perusing all the prettiness captured by Erich and have read our tips, you simply must see more wedding inspiration in the latest issue of Magnolia Rouge here. As always, you can see so many more photos from this shoot in the full gallery here.

Auckland, New Zealand

Beach bridal session captured by Erich Mcvey

New Zealand Beach Bridal Session

New Zealand Beach Bridal Session

perfect wedding lashes

Beach Bridal Session Tip #1 – Prepare for your wedding dress to get dirty
More than likely if you have a beach bridal session, your dress might get a little dirty. Luckily there are plenty of ways to clean up your gorgeous frock. Speak to your dry cleaner before going out on your bridal session, let them know you are planning on going to the beach and your dress will have a light dusting of sand and a bit of salt water on it. Be sure that your dry cleaner has enough time to clean your dress before your wedding. If you schedule accordingly, you’ll have less worry.

If you will be wearing a vintage dress to your beach bridal session, be extra careful as fabric weakens over time and older fabrics were not made to withstand chemical cleaning processes.

vintage inspired wedding dress by Rue de Seine

vintage inspired wedding ideas

white and green wedding bouquet

Beach Bridal Session Tip #2 – Have a bridal bouquet made
Have your florist create a bouquet especially for your bridal session. Since it does not have to coordinate with an event, you can have something completely different than your day-of wedding bouquet. We are simply swooning over the dazzling white and green wedding bouquet above designed by New Zealand wedding florist leaf & honey.

Bridal Session Ideas

flowers on the beach

New Zealand Bridal Session

beach bridal session

Beach Bridal Session Tip #3 – Bring your sister, maid of honor or bestie
Bringing  your maid of honor, sister, or bestie to your bridal session- someone who will help you be comfortable in front of the lens and will not only give you an extra set of hands, but you can also include her in some of your photos. A great opportunity to have some fun photos of the two of you together, all dolled up!

beach inspired bridal session

beach bridal session ideas

beach wedding makeup

Beach Bridal Session Tip #4 – Have your hair and makeup professionally done
Having your bridal session captured on the beach will look extraordinary, but the elements can be tricky. Why not give your hair and make up stylist a chance to perfect your look before the big day, anyway? The air will be a bit more humid, and not to mention the sun’s reflection on the ocean. Let your chosen professional handle these elements to ensure you look your very best. Beauty on Demand did an utterly fabulous job on the wedding makeup at this beach bridal session. Pure perfection! We love an all natural look for a beachy bridal session just like this one.

In the case that you will be doing your own makeup and hair for your beach bridal session here a few tips:
1. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara. After all, you will be around a large body of water.
2. Powdered foundation tends to holds up better when faced with heat or perspiration. We love bare minerals powder, and personally use it.
3. If it is a windy beach day, cream-based blush tends to withstand the wind better than powdered blush. Although, if it’s a hot beach day, powdered blush tends to do a bit better.
4. More than likely it will be windy, and your hair will get caught in sticky gloss. So, go with a matte lip.
5. Bring a touch up kit. Blotting papers, powder, along with your extra eye shadow and lip color. You will for sure need to touch up your makeup when faced with all the elements the beach has to throw at you.

beach bridal session ideas

how to have a beach bridal session

lace wedding veil

Beach Bridal Session Tip #5 – Bring  wedding accessories
Be sure to bring your wedding veil, headpiece or anything that you feel will add to your photo session. Consider even purchasing a special veil or headpiece for your bridal session. Another great idea is to use a family heirloom – perhaps your Grandma’s wedding veil. You could then present her with a photograph of you in her veil. She will Love it.

Take note that on longer veils – like the one above – might be a bit more difficult to clean prior to your wedding. Keep that in mind if you plan to wear it at your wedding as well. To see more dazzling veil photos check them out in the full gallery here.

Erich Mcvey Photography

Erich Mcvey Photography

Rue de Seine Wedding Dress

watching the sunset

New Zealand Sunset

From Kate of Magnolia Rouge:
When Erich Mcvey got in touch to say he was heading to New Zealand to shoot a wedding, I couldn’t let the opportunity of working with him pass me by. I wanted to show him some quintessential New Zealand landscapes in the hope that they would be different to anywhere he had captured before, so we headed out to Bethells Beach – a rugged black sand beach on Auckland’s West Coast.

Rue de Seinee has some of the most beautiful bridal gowns in New Zealand and the juxtaposition between their delicate and textural fabrics and the raw landscape offered us the perfect contrast. Naomi from Leaf & Honey created a gorgeous fern sash bringing it a little taste of some native New Zealand flora, and we had the girls from Beauty on Demand create some nature and subtle beach inspired hair & make-up. We battled a little bit with an fast incoming tide and had to hold Erich back from wanting to take the models further out onto the rocks!” This was the first cover shoot that I was actually present for which was so fun, and even more so we get to see this issue in print!

evening bridal session

Photography: Erich Mcvey

Flowers: Leaf & Honey
Dress designer: Rue de Seine
hair & makeup: Beauty on Demand
stylist/creator: Kate of Magnolia Rouge

Categories: Inspirational Shoots, Things We Love