Amanda and Sami have an amazing love story that begins with a few computer key strokes. Sami, from Finland, and Amanda, an American working for the Peace Corps in the Ukraine, first connected while playing an online Star Wars role playing game. She asked for help in a forum and he delightfully obliged.
So began an international love story built on mutual love of many geeky and awesome things: everything from Star Wars, to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, to video games, and brunch!
I met Amanda at Katie and Will's wedding in Chicago - we both had once been Katie's roommate! A few months later, she came to me to help design a wedding ceremony and reception that fit her and Sami's unique and quirky story. We started where it all began - by telling their love story with a Love Story Art Canvas for their reception.
Since their love began as one pixel essentially connecting with another, I designed a piece of art that reflected how Amanda and Sami came together to build a life together, through everything they've shared and connected over.
From this starting place, I created coordinating creative projects that played with different aspects of Amanda and Sami's personality - everything from a wedding program that features the wedding party's "special skills" to wood-burned "Ready Player 1" and "Ready Player 2" signs for the bride's and groom's chairs.
Visually, everything also paired with elements of driftwood, birch, sea glass, and beach colors featured in the florals and other details.
See how Amanda and Sami's love story came to life in their wedding ceremony and reception below!
Amanda and Sami's Programs, Welcome Guide, and Special Details.
About the process from the bride:
"The process of working with Greatest Story Weddings was wonderful - Annie was able to gather together the salient details of our love story and express them in wonderfully creative ways. I loved all of the paper and handmade products, they were the perfect finishing touches. The guests loved everything - the wedding programs were a really big hit, especially with the wedding party!
Sami and I had struggled with how to tie in all the weird and wonderful threads of our story into a cohesive message that we could share with our guests. We'd been to weddings before where nothing about the wedding seemed to really be about the story which brought everyone there - the story of two people falling in love.
With Annie's help, our wedding showcased our story in a way that felt fun and effortless, while at the same time stylistically beautiful and unique to us and our story. Annie was above and beyond my favorite vendor - thanks so much for making our love story come to life!" - Amanda