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April 15, 2017

Do you know many girls who scour Pinterest looking for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings themed wedding ideas? 

Me neither. 

In fact, my wonderful long-time friend Ali is probably the only one that comes to my mind. Ali’s passion for all things nerdy is just one of the many reasons I love her so much. I was absolutely honored to serve as a bridesmaid and a chalkboard artist in her wedding to Alex, her Star Wars and LOTR-loving soulmate, last August.

Ali and I go waaaaaay back to my 2nd grade, which was my first year on a dance competition team. As two of the shortest kids in the group, we stood next to each other in formations basically all the time — even while tap dancing on suitcases (!) — and a friendship was born. We danced together for 11 years at our studio and also worked alongside each other as captains of our high school dance team. I’m so grateful we have remained close for so many years. No matter how much time has passed, we can always whip out an old dance pose…or entire routine…when the moment is right!

While Ali and Alex’s wedding theme was definitely off the beaten path, we couldn’t believe how many fun ideas we found for inspiration. From Yoda-esque phrasing to J.R.R. Tolkien quotes, it was a great opportunity to make her wedding signs a bit more playful and imaginative…while still looking beautiful and fit for a wedding. I think we nailed it!

Ali and Alex had all kinds of fun touches added in throughout the reception…but I have to say, these were definitely my favorites! Seeing a bride with a lightsaber just doesn’t happen basically…well…ever. Also, Ali’s adorable nieces surprised her by changing out of their pretty dresses and into full-on Star Wars costumes for the reception! Watching Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker bust it out on the dance floor was a highlight of the party for everyone.

Congratulations, Ali and Alex! You make an absolutely beautiful couple and are clearly so happy together. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

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