Couple: Andrew & Lauren
“The initial thought was to have a classy/traditional style wedding, but to include things that related to us and our relationship. Well we met at a game store in Raleigh (called Game Theory), where we continued to play every week. We also attended regular parties where some played games (usually us!) and some talked. Andrew was still fairly new when it came to strategy games, but his collection of board games just seemed to grow as did our relationship. With as much time we spent playing games and it being how we met, it made sense to try and incorporate that into the wedding. However, I didn’t really want the venue and wedding party to be decked out in what some might call an elaborate theme.
We figured having the cake decorated would be an easy way to incorporate the games while still having the rest of the decorations be more traditional. Thus began the cake planning with my mom! We ended up spending hours deciding which games should be included and how they could all fit together on each layer of the cake. The final product featured heavy strategy (Euro) board game boards/pieces on the bottom, party/lightweight games in the middle and a bride dragging a groom away from a PlayStation as the cake topper. However, since this left the sides and stand that the cake sat on relatively bare, we had to do a bit more problem solving. The solution included adding some additional game pieces to the sides, a set of game trains to represent where we came from and how we ended up together, painted game dice holding up each cake layer and finally life-sized animal game pieces from one our our favorite games. The resulting structure was certainly a work of art that represented our favorites which are very diverse. However, having just the cake didn’t seem to be enough, so we decided to add other gaming/puzzle elements into the rest of the wedding, including dice and game pieces on each table and a wedding word search on the programs.
We even encouraged and welcomed some of our guests bringing games to the reception to play after dinner (which they did!). We still play games and now have a house of our own where we can actually host board game nights, which we plan on doing regularly. It is wonderful to have something to do together which challenges us individually and as a couple be such a big part of our lives. I’m just thankful we were able to incorporate it into our engagement shoot and into the wedding. It truly made it unique!”