Mark and Leslie: A Renaissance & Fantasy Wedding!

Planning a wedding should be an olympic sport. But I did it, I did it on a budget, and I did it in a uniquely themed and memorable way. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the decor and props from our wedding, meant as inspiration to anyone who is interested in throwing a Renaissance or fantasy style wedding! Some other elements we styled into our wedding include medieval, gaming, fairy tale, Harry Potter, and LARP. It was a dream come true for the both of us! Happy wedding planning, and I hope this post inspires you!

Photos courtesy of Knot Just Any Day Photography (and worth every penny)!

Our programs were rolled up into scrolls, tied with red ribbon, and lined up in wooden chests. I also put a tissue box on a decorative gold stand and made a themed sign, for anyone who might be crying. Behind this table was a very gothic candelabra with 3 large candles on it. The ring bearer’s tray (seen on the bottom shelf) was a silver tray that I hot glued a piece of red velvet to. Here is a what our program looked like!

The church was old and gorgeous. The wooden pew/seats were so appropriate for the theme. Stained glass makes everything look so classic. My mother framed our family crests for us and we hung them on either side of the altar. We were handfasted, a Celtic tradition, which of course I insisted upon. Our cord was created and braided by the both of us, with gold for wealth, white for new beginnings, and red for love. We also added unique charms to represent our family members.

I created a tribute to our family in photos, and adorned the fire place with all of their pictures! I designed small standing medieval banners containing our hashtag, to label desserts, and to showcase our photos. My dad took our family crests and combined them in this one-of-a-kind and very Renaissance-y family crest shield. I love the swords!

I designed custom signs for around the whole hall, including signs for the bathrooms. Go big or go home, right?

My beautiful bouquet was designed by my aunt, a florist. I went for a very colorful Renaissance and fairy tale styled bouquet. I feel like maybe fairies were living in it!

My cousin designed an elvish circlet for me :3 I felt like an elf princess!

The reception area was glorious, like a lodge mixed with a cabin. It was perfect for the Renaissance themed festivities! Custom tablecloths in gemstone hues really made this room look like a great banquet hall! I loved the way the ceiling looked, and the giant windows made all the colors burst!

The food was delicious, and set out on a long table like a banquet. You can also see the felt pennants I designed for above the bar. Medieval pennants and banners really added a lot to the theme!

In lieu of a cake, we went for a variety of colorful desserts, which absolutely worked for the theme. The dessert table was decorated to look luxurious and period by using fresh fruits and berries, as well as intricate gold mirrors and the tops of fresh roses. My sister decorated a cupcake tower by spray painting it gold and adding lace. Our cake toppers were just toys; who can afford to pay more than $5 for cake toppers?! We had a framed photo of our engagement picture, taken at the Renaissance Faire, with some swords behind it.

We made D20 ice breakers for every table! Of course, D20’s are a tribute to Dungeons and Dragons. We did meet at LARP, after all. And every table also had a bottle of honey mead and red wine, from the Renaissance Faire where we got engaged. See the full size D20 ice breakers sign here.

I created fun fact signs for our tables, so people could get to know us a little better. My aunt designed magical white rose and moss wreaths for the center pieces, and I also added a couple medieval standing pennants to tell people about our hashtag.

Our favors were soap, with custom renaissance themed labels made by me! We also added in gemstones and coins for the kids. All the favors were in a giant treasure chest!

Paper crowns, inflatable swords, treasure chests, and custom coloring books using coloring pages from old D&D books made the kids table perfect. We added gemstones and pirate doubloons to our favors treasure chest, which contained soap for the adults, so that the kids could go get some treasure too! No kid wants soap!

Our table was my favorite. We felt like the King and the Queen in fur draped chairs sitting at a fruit adorned table. It was decorated with evergeen boughs and of course, wine. What luxury!

Real fruit in a dish, medieval felt pennants, a dungeon behind the bar, and some period tavern rules helped to create the bar’s mood. I also set up some barrels and gargoyles around the room, to give the room a very tavern feel. I added even more atmosphere to the bar with a “Wanted poster” of my husband’s LARP character. We found cardboard knight cut outs for cheap, but that really added to the vibe! The real pewter mugs were the perfect finishing touch! The barkeep’s tip jar is a wooden chest and next to it is a sign that says “Poor tippers will be locked in the dungeon.” Here is a what our bar menu looked like!

Our “Well Wishes” table was designed to look like an alchemist’s lab or a Potions class at Hogwarts. People would brew us a love potion by writing down their love advice on notes and putting them in our cauldron. See the full size Love Potions sign here.

The most important part of any renaissance wedding, besides the bride and groom, is COSTUMES. Make sure your guests and bridal party dress up! By the way, my mom MADE my dress, and it cost about $90 worth of material. Talk about getting married on a budget! Isn’t she so talented?

Action shots are a must have! Now I demand you go and find yourself a cold mug of ale, or mead, and celebrate with me! I’ve been married 6 months already, but Mark and I still shout “Huzzah!” every day like it’s our wedding all over again. Alright, maybe we don’t. But we should.

To view the entire album, click here!

Photos courtesy of Knot Just Any Day Photography (and worth every penny)!

I’m getting married in 7 months!

Dudes! I’m totes exchanging nuptials with Mark Hunsinger in 7 months. We’re getting married on June 7, 2014, in a fabulous Renaissance themed wedding ceremony. It’s creeping in so close I can taste it! I will be Mrs. Leslie Hunsinger and I couldn’t be more excited. As such, I’m making a few changes over the next 7 months.
My Etsy store, Word To Your Unicorn, will be in a state of either vacation mode, or I will only have for sale what I have in stock. I won’t be ordering any new products or designing new items.

My role in the Geek Girl Pen Pals Club will be creeper and peeker, but I won’t be Headmistress to House Granger until I come back from my marital hiatus. This means we’re seeking a new temporary staff member for the IGGPPC during this hiatus – to pair Iggles and Miggles, to man house competitions, and to poke about on the forums and in the symposium. If you think you can fill my shoes for 7 months, why not apply to be a temp IGGPPC HQ staffer?

I will be attempting to meet with the girls of NEPA BlogCon as often as possible, but ultimately that has to take a back burner to any wedding obligations. It’s crunch time!

In the mean time, here are a few fabulous articles I’ve read about marital bliss this week, as well as some posts about my wedding from my blog. <3

35 Things You Absolutely MUST Agree Upon Before Getting Married
Marriage Isn’t For You
The Renaissance Wedding: Activities for the Kids
My Top 5 Favorite Geek Wedding Themes
Wedding Location: Kirby House Japanese Gardens and Glen Summit Chapel & Casino


How he proposed!

August 10, 2013:
My geeky partner in crime, Mark Hunsinger, asked the BIG QUESTION on Saturday, while we were at the Renaissance Faire. “Will you be my companion?” I said yes.

What a perfect day. We tasted Mt. Hope’s wines with Baccus, threw axes in medieval carnival games, and watched friends doing archery. We also shopped for wands, sniffed loose teas, and role-played with costumed improv actors who dotted the Faire.

The Renaissance Faire is a theater and history geek’s dream, with a bit of sci-fi flair. Because we were there for “Time Traveler’s Weekend,” there were Marty McFlys, Bill and Teds, and Fry and Benders among the Elizabethan nobles and peasants. Hence why we were dressed up as the Doctor as the TARDIS.

Mark proposed as we sat resting on a bench near one of the theaters. He pulled out the ring, and I said, “YES!” After that, we went straight to the Swashbucker’s Tavern to enjoy a brew with our comrades. The bar was filled with cheers, hoots, and “HUZZAHS” as we drank and laughed and soaked in the moment. The beer was fizzy and delicious, and I couldn’t help but cry a few tears.

The setting was perfect. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place, or a more perfect man, that this could have all happened with. <3