It’s not often that a couple decides to plan a Lord of the Rings wedding but for those that do, they have a ton of fun with it! Betsy and Myles actually included elements of Lord of the Rings AND The Hobbit throughout their wedding day and the result was a day full of memorable fun and meaningful moments.
Colors: Navy Blue & Yellow
As a way to connect with my familial legacy, I carried a handkerchief that belonged to my great-grandmother Edna, and which was carried by my paternal grandmother, my mom, and my aunt on each of their respective wedding days. It was a small detail, but made me feel especially close to those wonderful women in my life.
Lord of the Rings Wedding Stationery Detail: The couple’s Save the Dates, designed and hand-drawn by Brie Dumais Designs, featured the Doors of Durin and the invitations included hand-drawn lanterns and branches to continue the whimsical feel without being too “themey” (save the dates and invites not professionally photographed).
3 Words: fun, intimate, and loving
Favorite Moment: Both Myles and I had the same favorite moment, but from opposite points of view; for me, it was stepping into the courtyard and seeing his eyes light up as I walked down the aisle, while for Myles, it was seeing me step into view and immediately giving him a huge smile. (A very close second was being announced as “Myles and Betsy Berry” for the first time as we entered the reception, and knowing that the hard parts — all the planning and preparation — had paid off, and now we just got to celebrate with our friends and family.
Lord of the Rings Wedding Ceremony Details: Our ceremony music came from Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings films. My father read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, an evocative poem on true love and a nod to the work I am doing as a PhD student in English literature. Our recessional was particularly special, as our DJ mixed two of our favorite songs from the score in order to give us an exuberant, triumphal exit.
Lord of the Rings Wedding Reception Detail: Tables at the reception were named after locations in Middle Earth
Rather than a wedding cake, we had gelato, which was great for a warm June evening. The gelato was served out of an adorable rolling cart, which fit in well with the general ambiance. Our reception continued the upbeat experience of our ceremony.
There was a great variety of music, though it was at Myles’ and my request heavy on Motown and soul hits from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. These timeless songs encouraged guests of all ages to keep dancing all night, and we all had a great time. I can’t imagine any other way to have celebrated the beginning of my marriage to my fellow nerd, adventurer, and partner in crime!
Any surprises or things you would change? I think one of the biggest surprises to both of us was how anxious we both got on the day of. The pre-wedding jitters are so real! We both knew for sure that this was what we wanted, and couldn’t wait to be married, but we got very anxious about the event itself anyway. I think it sort of struck both of us how important this day was, and how much work we had put into making it just right for us, and so we both started wondering if something was going to wrong, if people were going to hate our ceremony or our music, and it really got to us. We both just loved every aspect of our wedding so much that we knew we’d take it very personally if guests didn’t love it. Luckily, everyone did enjoy it, and even cheered when they recognized the triumphant music from Lord of the Rings. So, if I could change one thing, I’d want my day-of jitters to be soothed — no wasting the lead-up to the ceremony with my stomach in knots!
Wedding Planner: M.C. Events :: Gelato: Frost Gelato :: Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank :: Hair and Makeup: Gadabout Salon