A Wedding at Gravestone Manor

Full Disclosure: We did not actually get married at Gravestone Manor. But we did have this incredible photo shoot at what is the most important place in our relationship.

Cory and I met working at Gravestone Manor – our freshman year in college. We started dating at the manor two years later. (The ladder photos below are a callback to our first real conversations during set construction…) Gravestone has been the catalyst in our creative careers, both individually and as a team. That’s why this shoot was so important to us that we lugged our wedding gear across the country to do it.

Thanks to Joe Pecora Photography for the incredible photos, Rick Markham for allowing us some time on set, and my mom for being our handlers and Joe’s assistant, despite the fact she was scared to death to be in the manor, under show lighting and during an actual thunderstorm.

Our Pop Culture Wedding

Life has been crazy recently for… a lot of reasons. One of the bigger (and much, much better) events was our wedding.

“Oh, great. That’s totally why we subscribed to your blog, Sarah. So we could read #humblebragging about your wedding. Swell.”

Hear me out. As a pop culture enthusiast, it was really important to me to figure out subtle, yet fun ways to incorporate certain pop culture elements into our day. Not just to do it, but because there was a reason behind it.

The Invitation:

Of all of the things, this invitation might be what I’m most proud of. After scouring the likes of online stationary sites, I decided we should go to a physical store. I chose, for whatever reason (I didn’t spend hours looking at reviews or pouring over  wedding magazines. I just went with what I found.) Anyway, this process lead me to Seaside Papery at Seaport Village, here in San Diego.

Quick aside — I scheduled the original appointment, but accidentally made it at an alternate location. We ended up canceling due to our Austin trip. It wasn’t until then that I realized the location error, and made a new appointment at the correct location for later. Thank god. Because….

We went. A few times. Dug through binders and binders of samples. And I didn’t like any of them. They were too flowery, too structured, or just too much. It was also tough because the few we did like had minimum ordering requirements of 50 or more. We just needed 30.

After Katie, the wonderful stationary specialist, showed us the last binder, I was defeated. Cory looked at me, then looked at Katie and said, “You know, we were kind of thinking about something like this…” and he described to her what we had talked about a few nights before. It was a completely original design. Katie listened, slowly nodded, then started sketching. As she sketched, she made a few suggestions, then a few more, her voice getting louder and more excited by the word.

“Exactly!” Cory said. “Is there anything like that?”
“I’ll do it,” Katie said with a shrug that said, “of course.”
And she did:

The TV Invitation

This didn’t mean our whole wedding was necessarily themed after TV, as much fun as that would have been. It was a small event, so ardently sticking to a theme didn’t seem worth it. Instead of consciously “theme-ing,” we simply found things that spoke to us.

The Little Things:

Star Wars Han & Leia Champagne Glasses:

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Saw these on Pinterest. Immediately knew they were perfect.  (Etsy)

Meaningful Disney Pins instead of boutonnieres:

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Because I really don’t like flower boutonnieres. And while this was NOT supposed to lead to Disney Pin collecting… it kinda did…. Good job, Disney.

A Wall-E and Eve cake topper:

Cake Topper

I couldn’t stand the thought of a typical Bride & Groom thing. Hearts/flowers, too gushy. Pinterest (of course) lead me to adorable toppers using Wall-E and Eve toys, dressed up in little top hats and veils. Over the next few months, I ordered countless toys online, trying to find the right sizes, but none of them seemed to be in proportion to each other. I was getting frustrated, until I fell upon these gorgeous acrylic cut toppers.  (also Etsy)

The Music:

Boarding music consisting of the themes from The Love Boat and Gilligan’s Island. I was absolutely insistent on this one. It helped that Bose has a Bluetooth speaker that matched our wedding colors.

The themes from The Office and Friends in our playlist. Because they’re our favorites. Our playlist also had songs from Sweeney Todd, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Into the Woods, and Jurassic Park.

It was great.

Oh and then instead of a honeymoon, we took our wedding party, friends, and family to Disneyland.
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It’s also worth noting that Cory & I didn’t do anything because we were “supposed to” or because it was “tradition.” Everything we did was because it’s what we wanted. Married on a boat. A wedding party that consisted of a Best Man, a Man of Honor, and a Best Person Ever. No dances. No cake-smushing. I didn’t have a shower. We didn’t register.

We just had an incredible wedding, surrounded by our favorite people, in a beautiful place. And then went to Disneyland.

Pop culture doesn’t get more personal than that.