I haven’t posted anything wedding related in such a long time since I was too caught up in the actual planning progress but now that Andrew and I’s big day has come and gone, I’m excited to be sharing more about it with everyone! We haven’t gotten any of our photos back from the photographer just yet but before we packed up our decorations I snapped a few shots of our decor. Our wedding was space themed (focusing mostly on Star Wars and Doctor Who, although we did play some Firefly during cocktail hour!). I had such a fun time hunting all of our decorations down because theme parties are kind of my thing and we did do some other things during the reception but I’ll be getting to that in future posts :-) If you want to see even more sneak peeks, you can check out our instagram hashtag which is #WedLongAndProsper16.
This is one of my favorite things that I found on Etsy! I posted a photo of it the morning of our wedding since Andrew wasn’t allowed to see me until I arrived at the church. It has the date we tied the knot and of course, the infamous Han / Leia exchange<3
This is a copy of our church program. I love the design we found and how it says “it was written in the stars.”
I also just adored this ring box. It’s so perfect<3 And I love that it’s something that we’ll have forever to keep our rings in when we’re not wearing them at night.
This is my garter. I didn’t actually wear it, it was just used for photos before the ceremony. Andrew and I decided early on that we didn’t want to do a bouquet / garter toss because most of the times we’ve seen them, they just end up being awkward. I chose this particular garter because it’s called Rose and the Doctor<3
Arguably, one of the most time consuming of our decorations were these Clone Trooper placecards. I ordered about 200 LEGO Clone Troopers from eBay and each one came completely disassembled. We spent hours building them and then cutting our placecards and hot gluing them to each trooper. I love that we had a little army set up for everyone to see when they were figuring out where to sit! Unfortunately, I had forgotten to take a photo of them before we packed up but Betty was nice enough to let me use hers!
This is the craft that took me the second longest. Originally we were just planning on using the TARDIS as our card box but we quickly realized that it was too small! I made an emergency trip to Michael’s and found a Star Wars themed box that I painted 3 coats of white and decorated with fabric roses and rhinestones for our TARDIS to sit atop.
We brought our own cake servers to the venue to use because this Darth Vader & Stormtrooper set were too cute to pass up.
This is our cake topper! This is probably my favorite of all of our decorations because it’s just so cute! R2 looks so dapper and I got to be a BB-8 bride. They sat atop a galaxy cake which I’m hoping to have great photos of in the weeks to come!
For the girls bouquets, I wanted to use the closest arrangement I could find to something galaxy themed. I went with blue amy’s, diamond dusted roses, lillies and hydrangeas. We also chose the same flowers for our centerpieces which sat inside Death Star cookie jars. I never thought I would order 25 Death Star cookie jars in my life and I made a point to chat with ThinkGeek while placing the order so they weren’t like what the heck is this? and didn’t fulfill it! The centerpiece photo is by Cassie!
I also ordered my bouquet off of etsy because I really wanted a brooch bouquet. I think they’re so pretty and I love that I’ll be able to keep this one looking just as it did on my wedding for the rest of my life<3
For our guestbook we went with River Song’s diary and a Sonic Screwdriver pen. We actually haven’t had the time to read through it yet but we’re planning on doing so soon!
This is just the cutest card ever that my coworkers gave us when they surprised me with our VIP guided tour of Harry Potter World.
And lastly, here’s a photo I really love of my Mom and I outside the church<3
This past weekend Andrew and I traveled to Marist college for his 5 year reunion (it’s basically Hogwarts – see here) and since we were up that way we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try the Doctor Who themed restaurant, The Pandorica! I’ve been wanting to go since it opened but it’s pretty far out of the way so we hadn’t made it there previously. It’s such a cute little spot and the food is fantastic. I think it if were located in NYC it would be too crowded to truly enjoy the experience.
As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a friendly waitress and I immediately noticed a man sitting near us outfitted in suspenders and a bow tie (yeah Whovians!). The Pandorica definitely has a quiet atmosphere which is due to episodes of Doctor Who playing and most attendees having their eyes glued to the tv screen (think sports bar but actually fun!). We were lucky enough to catch the latter half of the David Tennat werewolf episode and the beginning of the David Tennat – Sarah Jane – K-9 episode. Also I was that disruptive girl who totally didn’t mind being the uncool tourist running around the restaurant to photograph EVERY DETAIL.
So speaking of those details, my favorite touch is the Police Box mason jar full on sunflowers on several tables though I’m also partial to the Dinosaur head with a TARDIS in it’s mouth. One of the coolest things is that right near the restrooms there is a giant crack in the wall that changes colors. The bathroom door is fashioned after a TARDIS using a wall decal and an actual light bulb atop the door. The inside of the bathroom is decorated to look like the interior of a TARDIS (also wall decals) and the back of the bathroom door is full of tally marks. Hmm I wonder what those could mean? :-) There’s also a hanging member of the Silence in wall area opposite the bathroom and an Ood that sits near the front desk. The menus look like River Song’s journal and there’s a giant Van Gogh TARDIS mural across the back wall. There’s also a wall of artwork that’s for sale which is not allowed to be photographed (I was nicely informed about that when I tried to snap some pics). Even the cloth pattern on the booths is very Gallifreyan. So A+ in the decoration department.
For dinner I ordered the Gallifreyed potato pancakes because I wasn’t super hungry and I really enjoyed them! It was the perfect amount of food and I was still able to enjoy a brownie covered in ice cream and caramel sauce once I finished. Andrew ordered something very meaty that involved bacon so I cannot comment on his food. If I ever have the chance to go back I would love to try the faux fish fingers and custard from the dessert menu. It’s actually french toast sticks!
Overall, The Pandorica is a really enjoyable place for any Whovian. The decor is timey wimey, the staff is really friendly and the food is delish. It’s a bit far for us to make a trip out there where The Pandorica is the sole purpose but if we ever find ourselves in the area again you can bet we’ll be going back!
This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is a tough topic to write about for two reasons. The first is emotionally because guhhh fandom deaths when you’re really attached to a character are seriously difficult to cope with and the second reason is because I feel bad and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone else! Especially if they haven’t seen something or they’re currently in the middle of watching / reading whichever thing I mention. So be warned, there are spoilers ahead for Doctor Who, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Harry Potter, The Lion King (hopefully everyone has seen this one!) and The Avengers.
1. Amy & Rory Pond – I was a total bawling mess during Amy and Rory’s final episode of Doctor Who which took place in NYC and probably added even more to my sadness. The show has not been the same without them and I still haven’t warmed up to Clara :-/
2. Gwen Stacey – This is my number one saddest comic and movie death. I love Gwen Stacey so much and I have always wished that Peter Parker would’ve gotten to explore a future with Gwen instead of Mary Jane. While I have grown to like MJ a bit more, I still don’t love her relationship with Peter.
3. Sirius Black – This KILLED me as a child. I remember feeling so happy that Harry was finally going to have a live-in father figure in his life. Someone who would love and care about him as if he were his own son and be able to share memories of his parents and then it was all taken away so quickly. I can’t imagine that and it just crushed my heart into a million little pieces.
4. Mufasa – Another death that really had kid Kristin crying her eyes out. Not only did Simba have his father taken away from him by his crazy evil uncle, but he had to watch the moment that it happened and even worse, he was a cub who was completely incapable of helping or trying to save him from falling off the cliff. I can’t even imagine how I would fare if I tried to watch this film again now.
5. Agent Coulson – I know this death didn’t stick but at the time it was a lot to handle! I haven’t kept up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. despite loving Clark Gregg so I’m not privy to the reason that he’s still alive in the MCU. I couldn’t even look at Captain America for a while without seeing those bloody trading cards *insert crying emoji*
Which fandom deaths affected you the most? And again, I am SUPER sorry if I’ve spoiled anything for anyone!
Here is one my first 5 Fandom Friday catch up posts in video form! Also I am a dork but as I suspected, it was really fun to answer one of these topics in video form! I think I will be doing more of them this way in the future. You can view all of the September topics on Megan’s blog and I’ll be posting our October topics much later this month! Let me know if you have any topic suggestions!
Sorry I’m so far behind on writing my NYCC recap. Things have been insanely busy since our Fangasm premiere, but I wanted to share all of the wonderful moments I had at this year’s convention. NYCC is one of my favorite cons because it’s in my home territory. It’s the one time of year that all of my friends fly to me to visit and gather at the Javits Center because of our shared love of superheroes and such. This year was an exceptionally exciting year for me. I can’t even begin to tell you how heartwarming it was to be approached by so many people who had seen and loved Fangasm. The entire reason I decided to be on the show is because I love the geek community, and I always want to encourage a positive, happy, outlook on our industry, so having so many people tell me that our show inspired them makes me feel even better about my whole experience. Thank you to everyone who approached Molly, Regina, Sal and I and shared your fandom stories. You really made our convention a memorable one :-)
We started our day on Thursday by meeting up with one my favorite geek girls, Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe & Clone Wars. Ashley has always been a role model of mine. She’s a driven business woman, and she’s also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I love what she has done for geek girl fashion, and I wear her clothes all the time! After seeing Ashley, the rest of the Fangasm crew and I headed to the Diamond booth where we held a meet and greet for anyone who wanted to come say hi to us! I also got to see Chris (the amazingly talented designer of this very website!), and Stephanie, who did me a huge favor and brought my custom made Nightwing dress by Suckers Apparel so I could wear it the next day. I wish I could’ve hung out with them for longer, but this convention, I was constantly on the move. Next we went to the Stan Lee Collectibles booth and we were given the exclusive Funko Stan Lee New York Comic Con Pop vinyl figures! Mine is currently sitting next to me on my desk and watching me write this recap (and probably silently judging me for not posting it sooner). Afterwards we wandered around the show floor for a little longer and then we met up with Melissa and Christine and it was off to the Mary Sue Bash! When we first got there I finally met my long time internet friend Janna and her fiancé Mike, in real life for the first time ever! I also finally had a brief chance to catch up with Jill (one of the lovely hosts!), Rachael, Marlene, Amy, Eric, Alan, Lisa, and Ali, but not nearly long enough. We actually arrived on time (for once), and we ate delicious popcorn, waited anxiously as the raffle winners were announced, and played with superhero props, all the while drinking Strong Female Characters and Wonder Woman Movies which were cocktails that were custom designed for the party. I also was able to meet two more internet friends of mine, Sam Maggs, who was such a sweetheart, and Nicole who works for WeLoveFine! All in all, the Mary Sue Bash was an absolute blast!
After the previous nights festivities, Molly, Sal, Regina and I had kind of a late start on Friday morning. We spent a few hours lounging in our incredibly luxurious mod hotel room, gossiping and reminiscing about memories from our time we spent filming Fangasm. But once we made it to the convention, we had another action packed day of photos with Fangasm viewers, and we also did our best to walk around the show floor. I was able to buy an adorable Sailor Scout tank from WeLoveFine, and then I headed to one of my favorite places, the BOOM/Archaia booth to 1) get a hug from Mel and 2) pick up the first volume of Mouse Guard (which I’ve been dying to read) and the NYCC exclusive Robocop #1 variant as well as the Robocop trade based on Frank Miller’s original vision for the film. While I was roaming around, I was able to meet the awesome Clayton Cowles for the first time! He, Melissa, and I have a mission to plan a Terminator Christmas, but since we were too busy this NYCC, it will definitely have to happen in the near future. One of the highlights of the day was meting Jonathan London and listening to his psychoanalysis of Bruce Wayne. After the con, Molly, Regina, Sal and I went to Burgers and Cupcakes for dinner, picked up pie, and spent the night drinking champagne in our hotel room and meeting with Stan Lee’s team of people.
Saturday was probably my favorite day of the convention. On Saturday morning, I made Regina and Sal wake up really early and head to convention with me so we could be there when the doors opened. Why, you ask? BECAUSE I HAD TO HAVE A ROCKET RACCOON PLUSH. The line at the Marvel booth was constantly unbearable, but we met Leonard there and put in our line waiting time for over 45 minutes, and then Rocket Raccoon was all mine<3 Leonard also got me the Skottie Young Avengers movie poster print, signed by Skottie himself! Just as we finished paying I ran into Dan who happened to be signing at the Marvel booth in just a short time, and who I almost didn’t recognize because he was fully bearded. I’m so excited about the new Silver Surfer series he’s creating with Mike Allred! Then we headed downstairs to one of the meeting rooms and Sal and I got to sit in and listen to some of Regina’s Comikaze business dealings which was extremely interesting. Then Molly met us, and we went back to the Diamond Booth for more meet and greets, and business meetings! Molly and I purchased our NYCC exclusive Poison Ivy’s which match our Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC, and I ran into Lauren who was perfectly cosplaying as Catwoman. I wish I had gotten a photo with her. Afterwards, which was one of the most exciting con moments for me, we were able to see Stan Lee again. Stan is such a charmer. We thanked him for letting us take a photo with him and he commented that he could never be surrounded by too many beautiful women. Then I finally had some free time where I was able to meet up with my best friends (minus Melissa), and do one of my favorite con activities, which is sitting in one spot on the floor for hours. Conventions are very crowded, so if you don’t take some time to sit and spectate you’ll use up all of your energy before you get to attend any of the fun after parties. I did my floor sitting with Cassie, Giovanni, Betty, Lauren, and our friend Tom who was working for Marvel visited us twice in the six hours we remained in our same spot. After the show closed Giovanni, Tom, Athena, Lindsay, Jessy, Dan, and I went to Korea Town for some delicious sushi. Then it was back to my hotel room to get ready for the Marvel party! I got to catch up with Judy who I met the previous year at a BlackMilk meetup, and I spent the remainder of my night talking to Tom, Athena, Clayton, and Ramon Perez. Another good night, indeed!
Sunday morning, Regina left us to head back to LA, and Molly, Sal and I walked to the Javits to enjoy our last day. The first thing I did was attend the Comix Chix panel which Molly, Jill, and Heidi were speaking on, as well as some other ladies I love. After the panel I met Bonnie and Kate who are both super adorable and very inspiring! My good friend Leonard also completely surprised me and made my entire year when he gave me a Nintendo 3DS XL in pink! I was in shock! I have been wanting one forever, and I am ever so thankful for his kind gesture, especially since there are so many upcoming games I’m dying to play! Once the panel ended Jill and I spent the day walking the show floor and picking up the last minute things we had been wanting. One booth I was really impressed with was Hallmark. I couldn’t believe that I was seeing so many geeky Christmas ornaments that are debuting this year. I’m definitely planning on getting the Adventure Time, Spider-Man, and Star Wars ones once they hit stores. My only purchase of the day was Mind MGMT Volume 2 by Matt Kindt. If you’re not yet reading the series, I seriously suggest that you start. It’s beautiful and completely unlike what I had been expecting. While we were in the Dark Horse booth, Jill introduced to me Aub Driver, who was insanely energetic for the fourth day of the convention, as well as insanely awesome. I’m also thrilled that I was able to meet Dean Trippe in person. Dean and I have been friends for quite some time now, and he’s an incredibly talented writer and artist who just released an autobiographical comic called Something Terrible which you can read for only 99 cents! He gave me a poster of what I refer to as his masterpiece (and the current background of my computer). Then, just as quickly as the convention came, it was all over. Giovanni and I ended our NYCC by going out for pizza so we could unwind and attempt to mentally prepare ourselves for rejoining the real world. My only regret is that I didn’t have any time to go to Artist Alley. Thank goodness I stocked up on prints at Baltimore Comic Con!
Molly & Kristin First & Last Day Mirror Photos
My fellow geek girl blogger and good friend Leslie Stewart, also happens to operate one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Word to Your Unicorn. Leslie sells post cards, greeting cards, and stickers which were inspired by her geeky and kawaii interests. She keeps adding more and more to her shop and I always find myself favoriting every new item. I’m especially obsessed with her recent Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon designs. I’m also loving the minimalist Avengers postcards which resemble Pantone color cards, and I dare you to look at the Dalek’s Need Love Too postcards without immediately wishing you could hug one of Doctor Who’s adversaries. It’s fitting that Leslie would be impressing us with her designs in the form of postcards and greeting cards, because she’s also one of the co-creators of the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club. If you haven’t already joined, I highly suggest you do! It’s a great way to make a new geeky friend, preserve the lost art of letter writing, and of course, get excited for geeky surprised in your daily snail mail delivery! Leslie is uber talented and when she’s not busy designing new stationary, she’s blogging all of her clever thoughts on her new site Leslie IRL. I have a bunch of Leslie’s stationary but I love it too much to send to anyone =^.^=
This year at NYCC, there seems to be more exclusives than ever! There are so many great items being offered by vendors that I know I’m going to have a difficult time narrowing down my purchases. Here’s what I’ve already decided I must have.
Rocket Raccoon Plush by Marvel $34.99 & comes with a Skottie Young lithograph
Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy $24.99 (She’ll match my Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC!)
Harley Quinn Funko Pop Vinyl Metallic Figure
Stan Lee Funko Pop Vinyl Figure
Batman & Batmobile Funko Pop Vinyl Figures
Her Universe 12 Doctors T-shirt
Personalized S.H.I.E.L.D. Badge
What are you most looking forward to buying at New York Comic Con?