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My Art Deco Sailor Moon Inspired Wedding. Yeah, for real.

18 Dec

Hey all! I never post here anymore because I am a lazy goose, but also because I’ve been posting over on http://www.defectivegeeks.com lately! I’m going to share my post here of my wedding day since, hey! I can do what I want!

 

Okay, no laughing allowed. I had a Sailor Moon themed wedding.

But perhaps not the rainbow colored, anime-poster ridden melee of sad artistic choices that you are expecting. Since my groom and I  are fairly fashionable adults with an pretty serious otaku problem, we finally landed on the perfect mash up of classy and nerdy for our big day: We had an art deco Sailor Moon-inspired wedding.

Michelle & Will's Moonlight Wedding: Sailor Moon inspired

The plan was to have an elegant, grown up wedding, with a highly stylized injection of Sailor Moon design into every nook and cranny! Utilizing the extensive archive of beautiful Sailor Moon imagery, such as the lockets, wands, and symbols from the manga and anime, as well as the influence of Art Deco moon and stars designs, pulling together the decor, graphics, and fashion into an elegant nerd wedding was an event planner’s dream! As a professional event producer for Bubble Punch, as well as working in a hotel for most of my college years (100+ wedding receptions and lived to tell the tale!), I had extensive wedding planning and decorating experience under my belt, and was confident I would be able to do something unique, yet totally otaku-driven, to suit our tastes. Keep in mind, despite all of this, it was STILL SUPER DUPER STRESSFUL since it was my own wedding, haha! But here I am, mind in tact, and ready to tell you all about it!

Below is a summary in photos of the wedding, then after that is a breakdown of Fashion, Graphics, and Decor notes and DIY links for everything! THIS POST IS LONG, BUT HANG IN THERE, IT’S TOTES WORTH IT. Thank you so, so much to Shannon Cottrell for all of the amazing photos!

THE WEDDING!

Get pumped and watch the video before/while you read the rest!:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPxKm-5QcOY
 

On December 6, 2014 at 5:30AM, I rolled myself out of the giant bed in the honeymoon suite we got in the Millenium Biltmore in Downtown LA. I slept for about 2 hours. My maid of honor Yume Ninja told me the suite was haunted so that’s why we couldn’t sleep. Goddamned ghosts.

I clipped in all of my hair extensions and just started braiding and pushing my hair around until I got it where I wanted it. No, I did not do a hair “trial” by myself haha. I just winged it, and it was pretty good IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF! The other bridesmaids arrived as well as the awesome Tess (@TESSXMONEY on Instagram y’all! Hire her! She’s in NY!) came to do makeup. I ate a sausage egg McMuffin and sat down for makeup like a goddamn lady.

Michelle & Will's Moonlight Wedding: Sailor Moon inspired

Yume putting in Mandie‘s star circlet (she’s Sailor Mars!)
Michelle & Will's Moonlight Wedding: Sailor Moon inspired

Michelle & Will's Moonlight Wedding: Sailor Moon inspired

Michelle & Will's Moonlight Wedding: Sailor Moon inspired

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Craft Box: Lumpy Space Princess Cosplay

19 Mar

This past weekend I attended Wondercon over in Anaheim for some wonderfully nerdy fun! I was mainly excited because on Saturday, there was an Adventure Time panel featuring creator Pendleton Ward, Finn’s voice actor Jeremy Shada, and a bunch of the animators, directors, and storyboarders who make that awesome magic happen.

I was originally planning a fairly complex Pancake Princess costume, but was so swamped the week before, I opted for an easy version of my favorite character, Lumpy Space Princess (or LSP for short)!

In the series she’s a big ‘ol lump of floating purple mass, so I just took notes on her purple puffiness, her gold star, and her valley girl tacky attitude and went to town! She talks about the “weekly Promcoming Dance,” in her first episode “Trouble in Lumpy Space” (click to watch), so I ran with that, and made myself LUMPY SPACE HIGH PROMCOMING QUEEN! haha. (Gratuitous Nerd Note: I would also like to add that Pendleton Ward tweeted at me, saying he liked my LSP outfit. kekekek. #nerdingouttttt)

All dressed up as Lumpy Space Princess! Puffy face in photos is MANDATORY!

Hair and makeup! Made a "stencil" using a decorative paper punch on a label sticker, then sticking it to my eye and putting shadow on for the "lumpy bubble" effect!

Photos of how I made the outfit, accessories, and hair, plus some fun snaps from Wondercon after the jump!

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DIY: A Boom Box Can Save The World

19 Jun

I recently customized a boom box for a photoshoot I did with Yume Ninja for Bubble Punch. We had a pair of cool pink headphones, but wanted to have another piece of matching equipment to add to the shoot. Hence, the Bubble Punch boom box was born.

This is super easy, and maybe doesn’t even merit a DIY blog about it, but the idea is really cool, and I’m sure lots of us have old equipment laying around that would look a lot better customized!

Step 1: Using painter's tape (or any medium stick tape), tape off the areas of the stereo that you would like to remain black. Use and X-acto knife to cut around the buttons so it looks clean when spraypainted.

 

Step 2: After cutting the tape, peel off the excess.

 

Step 3: To make letters on the stereo that look clean, I printed them out on regular paper, then cut them out.

 

Step 4: Spray the back of the letters with spray mount and attach to the stereo where you want them. (If you have photo spray mount, that would be best because the stick is weak enough that it won't permanantly attach the letters there and tear off later on).

 

Step 5: Spray the boom box with your desired color all over! It takes a few coats. Do one coat, and let it dry before applying on others.

 

Step 6: When paint is completely dry, peel off the tape and letters carefully. I had some glue residue from the letters after I peeled them off, so I just covered it up with a black sharpie. You can also touch up the edges of your letters if they're not sharp enough with the same method.

 

DONE! You now have an epic customize boom box!

 

Shannon Cottrell shot myself and Yume Ninja last week, and the boom box looked great! Here's a teaser pic for now... The rest are coming soon!