April 21, 2015: An Offbeat Geek Wedding in Maryland - Shanna Edberg Photography

An Offbeat Geek Wedding in a Park in Maryland

I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of two of my good friends last summer. I know,  it's been almost a year and this post is long overdue! But I finally decided to start a blog and thought that this was such a great wedding to share as my first post.

The bride isn't exactly traditional - in fact, her wedding dress was fire-engine red and topped with a black lace bolero! Not to mention the black high heeled combat boots.

She did a twirl for us in the room she was getting ready in, a dance studio that her in-laws own - The Studio of Ballet Arts in Sandy Spring, MD.

Meanwhile, the groom, groomsmen, and "brides-dudes" as she called them got ready in an adjacent room. Even the officiant, a friend of theirs, joined in the getting-ready party.

Rather than boutonnieres, the groom and groomsmen wore airplane pins to represent the groom's occupation as an aerospace engineer, while the brides-dudes wore neuron pins to show off the bride's work as a neuroscientist.

The bridal party ran into some delays on the way to the ceremony. Namely, puppies!

The ceremony couldn't have been in a more gorgeous location. The park was called Meadowside, but it's actually the northern part of Washington DC area's Upper Rock Creek Park in Derwood, Maryland. The light was pure gold and filtered through the trees. A photographer couldn't ask for more!

The ceremony was 100% personalized. First of all, the bride walked down the aisle  to the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. Then, the officiant opened the wedding ceremony by explaining the neuro-chemical basis of love to the guests, in a nod to the bride's work as a neuroscientist. The groom's father was the DJ and even sang for them as part of the ceremony. The ceremony ended when the officiant declared, "You may now kiss the nerd." Brilliant!

As they exited the ceremony, the bride and groom hugged just about everyone and handed roses to the women in the family.

The bride and groom were a bit camera-shy, but all it took were some silly poses to loosen everyone up!

Even the reception was totally unique to the couple. Instead of a first dance, they had a First Game!

The decor fit the nerdy theme too.

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