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Lauren and Andrew’s Game-Themed Wedding at the Preston Woodall House in Benson

Lauren and Andrew’s wedding had the most personal, clever details, but what would you expect from two self proclaimed science and math geeks who met at a game store?  From the moment I arrived, the groomsmen were playing a board game while taking shots.  Lauren’s mother designed and made a creative game-themed wedding cake with playing pieces.  The guests were given personalized playing cards as their gift.  They had everyone leave messages on Jenga pieces, and the couple was announced to the theme song from Game of Thrones!  Get the picture?  If not, here are some to help:


game themed wedding cake DIYgroomsmen playing board gamesgroomsmen playing board games before the weddingboutonnieres by Jeffery's Florist of DunnMakeup by Ginger Mullins at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NCDavid Tutera dress at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NCColorful silk robes for bridesmaids at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NCPreston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NCFirst Look with Bride and Father at the Preston Woodall House in Benson, NCThe bride with her family at the Preston Woodall House in Benson, NC

Bride and Father with Wedding Bouquet by Jeffery's Florist of Dunn


Preston Woodall House garden ceremonyPreston Woodall House garden ceremony with bubbles

bride and groom portraits with bubbles


bridesmaids and bride playing cards

wedding party playing cardsPreston Woodall House Wedding

Preston Woodall House wedding picturesGame-Themed Wedding Program with Couple Related Crossword PuzzleJenga pieces instead of guest sign in book at game themed weddingFirst Dance at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NC

Game themed wedding cake at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NC

cake cutting at weddding at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NC

Father daughter dance at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NC

Night time bride and groom pictures at Preston Woodall House Wedding in Benson, NC

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
“After actually getting to marry my best friend? Probably getting to visit with friends and family who I don’t get to see often.”

What surprised you about your wedding day?
“Even though everyone says something major will go wrong, nothing actually did.”

What advice would you give another bride/groom planning a wedding?
“Don’t stress about things too much, especially when you can’t control them. I stressed out about things that didn’t really matter in the end.”

Did you do an engagement session or a bridal portrait session? Would you recommend it to another bride/groom?
“We did an engagement session and a bridal portrait session. I would certainly recommend both! The engagement session gave us a chance to get some photos of us together and the bridal portraits gave me a chance to practice hair, makeup and see how it all comes together before the day of the wedding. It also creates a relationship between the couple and photographer which makes the photos on the wedding day even more enjoyable.”

Name one of your favorite images from your wedding day and tell why it is your favorite.
“There are so many to choose from! There is a photo of my husband and I looking at each other with bubbles surrounding us. The look we have and the composition make it one of my favorites. It captures us as a couple so well!”

Is there anything you’d like to share with readers about your wedding day?
“I’m so glad we took the time to reflect on the day after it was over. We were able to write down all the things we remembered that might not have been captured in photos and made for a great keepsake.”

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Preston Woodall House
Cake: Rhonda Davis (MOM)
Hair & Makeup: Ginger Mullins
Dress: David Tutera
DJ: Frankie Hagan from Island Sound
Coordinator: Joel Hurley from Preston Woodall House
Caterer: Brian Stillwaugh
Photographer: Ellen LeRoy Photography

Florist:  Jeffery’s Florist of Dunn

More detail from Lauren:

“The initial thought was to have a classy/traditional style wedding, but to include things that related to us and our relationship.  Well we met at a game store in Raleigh (called Game Theory), where we continued to play every week. We also attended regular parties where some played games (usually us!) and some talked.  Andrew was still fairly new when it came to strategy games, but his collection of board games just seemed to grow as did our relationship.  With as much time we spent playing games and it being home we met, it made since to try and incorporate that into the wedding.  However, I didn’t really want the venue and wedding party to be decked out in what some might call and elaborate theme.  So we figured have the cake decorate would be an easy way to incorporate the games while still having the rest of the decorations be more traditional.
Thus began the cake planning with my mom!  We ended up spending hours deciding which games should be included and how they could all fit together on each layer of the cake.  The final product featured heavy strategy (Euro) board game boards/pieces on the bottom, party/lightweight games in the middle and a bride dragging a groom away from a PlayStation as the cake topper.  However, since this left the sided and plate that the cake sat on relatively bare, we have to do a bit more problem solving.  The solution included adding some additional game pieces to the sides, a set of game train to represent where we came from and how we ended up together, painted game dice holding up each cake layer and finally life-sized animal games pieces from one our our favorite games. The resulting structure was certainly a work of art that represented our favorites which are very diverse.
However, having just the cake didn’t seem to be enough, so we decided to add other gaming/puzzle elements into the rest of the wedding including dice and game pieces on each table and a wedding word search on the programs.  We even encouraged and welcomed some our guests bringing games to the reception to play after dinner (which they did!).
We still play games and now have a house of our own where we can actually host board game nights, which we plan on doing regularly.  It is wonderful to have something to do together which challenges us individually and as a couple be such a big part of our lives.  I’m just thankful we were able to incorporate it into our engagement shoot (which you made so much fun!) and into the wedding.  It truly made it unique!”



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