Life is dangerous to go alone and nothing better than finding the perfect match to complete this beautiful journey! Michelle and Patrick define themselves as Nerds and their story has not only love, but games and lots of cuteness in between. Patrick works with video games and Michelle goes on the path. They definitely have found perfect ways to incorporate this theme on their wedding. It had all these cute elements to combine games and love. Besides this, they have met each other at a Super Bowl party! Wow, so many good adventures!!! Want to know more about their love story, head out to their Playground Engagement Session Here!
Everything about this couple is inspiring: their story, their engagement session matching the super bowl story (remind it here), their touching first look what we also featured on the blog Here, and followed by the wedding at The Mansion at the Valley Country Club. So, come along and check out their wedding day and interview.
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How long after you were engaged did you get married?
Four years (The only way I remember is the year we got engaged it was a World Cup year-2014 and we got married the year the World Cup happened again.
Top 3 tips for future couples:
- If you can, choose an officiant/ priest that knows you both as a couple. We asked Michelle’s cousin to officiate our wedding. He has known us since we first met and understood what kind of vibe we were hoping for in our ceremony. Everyone said it was a great ceremony since we kept it simple, short and the officiant’s sermon/speech on love was so perfect because you can tell he knew us and loved us.
- If you can do appointments during the week; getting the dress, cake tasting, looking at venues, picking flowers, etc. Most vendors are either busy with weddings on weekends or already booked with appointments. It seems like a lot to juggle during the week, but it does leave some of your weekends free for fun or just relaxing.
- Don’t get too much cake or sweets. Most people won’t eat cake either because they are dancing, enjoying the photo booth or they left early. Also, don’t save the top tier – the frozen cake is gross and who has that much room in their freezer. Instead, pick a baker that will give you a cake for free on your 1 year anniversary.
Extra Credit Tip: Also don’t feel like you have to do all the wedding traditions just because. Most traditions have odd historical reasons as to why they were done and just make no sense nowadays. We didn’t throw a garter or bouquet. We didn’t want to stop everyone dancing to watch us cut the cake. We didn’t freeze the top tier of our cake.
Based on our wedding planning experiences, what advice would you give people who are still planning their wedding?
There is a mountain of things to plan and decisions to make, but take on some of that list a month at a time. The knot and Wedding Wire has a great breakdown of what needs to be done each month. Whatever we didn’t get done in the month we moved it to the next month and made sure it was the first thing that got done in the new month. The mountain was also a bit easier as a team. Pat wanted to be and was involved in the whole process and the end result was a wonderful, fun day that reflected both of our personalities. We also asked friends and family to help. Bridesmaids chose their own dresses and picked a makeup artist. Pat’s grandpa helped us pick an awesome photographer. (Thanks, Michelle ahah :***)
What adjective best describes your spouse on your wedding day?
How would you describe the style of your wedding?
Video game nerdy meets classy AF.
Where did you have your wedding? Why did you choose the location?
We had our wedding at the Mansion at the Valley Country Club. It is a wonderful historic mansion that had all the bells and whistles we were looking for in a venue. The rental included the food, beverages (beer/wine/liquor) and all the tables, linens, china and chairs. We loved classic beauty of the mansion inside and out; from the chandlers to the fireplaces filled with flowers and candles to the grand staircase to the cool bar to large porch where we put our photo booth. We also liked that the venue didn’t really need a lot of decoration.
What moment of your wedding day did you get anxious the most?
My vows, especially since I wrote them the morning of the wedding. Oh, and whether or not Pat was going to put the cake on my face lol.
Describe any personal or special touches that helped make your wedding memorable.
We didn’t like the mixing of the sand or candle traditions since it didn’t speak to us. I am Filipino so we did Filipino wedding tradition of the cord, veil, and coins. My father passed away when I was two and my maternal grandfather when I was in elementary school. My brother walked me down the aisle but I had a locket of both my grandpa and dad on my bouquet so they could also walk with me. We both have a big family so we honored all deceased loved ones and put their pictures around the venue. Lastly, we got engaged in Amsterdam, so my uncle decorated the venue with white tulips.
The best thing about the day
Seeing everyone. It was so great to see friends I’ve known since 1st grade and family I don’t see too often. I wish we could have spent more time with everyone.
Tell us about your wedding day fashions
Michelle wore an ivory/champagne colored sleeveless ball gown with a lace overlay and a crystal/pearl burst embellishment on the left-hand side. Pat wore…
Did you have a first look before the ceremony? If yes, how can you describe that moment?
Yes, we did. It was the first look for both of us because Pat got a tailor-made suite and I had no idea what it looked like. The way that Pat looked at me…I felt so special and beautiful.i wore that feeling on my face all day. It was such a relief to get those tears of joy out before the ceremony.
What was your color palette and wedding style? What inspired it? Tell us about the flowers, stationery, and decor you choose.
We decided on the NES original game Legend of Zelda as our inspiration. We had 8-bit heart cufflinks for the groomsmen and 8-bit heart necklaces on the bridesmaids. Our guestbook was a giant 8-bit heart that we painted ourselves. Pat’s awesome aunt Maggie created our beautiful card box. The cake had a heart container design. Inspiration on the color palette was an important shield in the game we took the shades a bit lighter so that it would compliment Michelle’s dress.
Tell us about your cocktail hour and reception! What was on the menu? Did you have any special entertainment?
We choose jazz inspired video game songs to be played during cocktail hour and dinner. We placed a picture album of each of us as kids out so our guest could look at them during cocktails. Guests had a choice of filet mignon or crab cake. The awesome best man and maid-of-honor did speeches. Pat surprised everyone and sang after dinner. Everyone loved the photo booth and the glow sticks to light up the dance floor.
Which element(s) of your day best reflect you as a couple? What did you do to make guests feel special?
The ceremony. We put a lot of thought and time into it and tried to talk and thank all of our guests for coming. We wanted to let them know that it wouldn’t have been such a special epic night without each of them.
What was the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?
That’s easy-food and cake tasting!!! Runner-up, I would say the music. It was fun to go through songs and genres we both love and make sure they were playing during either the ceremony or reception. We had instrumental video game music (think Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda) play following up to the ceremony, ‘Season of Love’ from Rent play while our grandparents and parents walked down the aisle, we had “All You Need is Love’ by the Beatles play as the ceremony ended, and then Jazzy mixes of more video game songs (think Persona 5) and Indie tunes played during cocktails and dinner.
What was the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
Our first dance song. Pat wanted his one of his popular songs to be one of Ed Sheeran’s popular songs, but I wanted our song to be a little different.
Who caught the bridal bouquet?
We did not toss the bouquet. Instead, we opted to give the bouquet to the “winner” of the ‘Anniversary Dance’. The Anniversary dance is when the DJ plays a song and asks all married couples to dance. He then asks couples to leave the dance floor if they have been together less than 24 hrs, 1 year, 5 years, etc. until the last couple stands. The thing is we had four couples that have been together for over 40 years! So instead of giving the bouquet away to the winner, we took a moment to hear their advice on a healthy, long marriage.
Who decided on the wedding song for walking down the aisle and why?
We agreed that I would walk down the aisle to the instrumental version of ‘Keep Running Home to You’ which is a song from a TV show we enjoy titled The Flash. The lyrics are sweet and act as a promise. We then agreed (if Pat was up to it) that Pat would sing the lyrics of the song to me during the reception.
What is the worst thing that happened on your wedding day, and the best thing that happened?
I wouldn’t say this was the worst since it turned out to be a great decision, but it was probably going to rain during our ceremony which we were hoping to hold outside. We decided at the final hour to hold it inside. The weather held out and we were able to take some great pictures. But we are so glad we did the ceremony inside because it was soooo hot that day. I have to pick one thing?! I would say the best thing was when we were introduced as husband and wife for the first time (walking into the Imperial March from Star Wars) and the whole room exploded with everyone standing and cheering. There was so much love, happiness, and excitement for us that I started to tear up from happiness as we looked around the room and caught as many eyes as we could.
Florist: Flowers by Danny (Michelle’s Uncle)
Hair: Kisner Salon/Denny Kisner Kisner.com (Brother-in-law/Pat’s sister’s fiance)
Makeup: Updos for I dos (Ashley Riddle)
Dress: Allure Bridals – bridalboutique.com
Bridesmaid Dresses: colorsbridesmaids.com
Groom’s Attire: Tom James Company
Cake: Sugar bakers
Wedding Coordinator/day-of: Mary & Susan with the venue
Invitations: Jessica Williams
Officiant: Dante Guanlao (Bride’s cousin)
Hotel: Hampton Inn Inner Harbor