Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you tattooed bride Rebbeca and husband Nic’s wedding that took place at the Figge Art Museum in Iowa.
One of the highlights of the day was when Rebecca and Nic decided that they were going to exchange gifts at the Figge’s newest exhibit that was on display, The Art of Architecture: LEGO Sculptures by Adam Reed Tucker. They were going to do it without actually seeing each other. They decided to do it at the last minute, initially they weren’t planning on seeing each other, and their photographer Ford Photography loved the idea! It was a way to connect without spoiling seeing each other. When initially planning the wedding at the museum, they planned on incorporating Legos into it and Rebecca even bought Nic cufflinks of Emmet from “The Lego Movie” long before they even discovered this exhibit was coming.
Nic and I met through a mutual friend of ours who was attending chiropractic college with me. He was living in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and I was living in Davenport, Iowa. She introduced us, and we began texting shortly after. I wasn’t exactly sold on jumping into the dating scene yet because I had just gone through a breakup, but agreed to meet up anyway. Nic, along with a group of my friends met up at a local brewery downtown Davenport. We were friends for about 4 months before we actually decided to start dating, and I’m so glad we took our time.
When we eventually started dating, we dated for 10 months before we were engaged. We were engaged for 17 months. For about 21 of those months we lived 2 hours apart from each other, only seeing each other on the weekends. Nic finally moved to Davenport to be with me last October. We were married months after that. Nic claims that the reason why I agreed to end up dating him was because he made me the best chocolate cake in the world when we were still just friends.. (That might play a small role in it!)
When we were planning the wedding I wanted it to be low stress, which represented us the most. We didn’t pick a “theme” because we felt like their were so many tiny elements that represented us, and I didn’t want to limit myself. I felt like if I could include small nerdy things that represented who we were, people would understand it. We included small touches like our cake topper of a Lego wedding couple, our programs, and instead of cake we opted for cupcakes from Nic’s favorite place, Scratch Cupcakery from his hometown. And even included mad-libs for the guests to do at their tables. We just felt these small touches represented us in a large way.
After the ceremony, we took an hour and we went to our favorite brewery, Great River Brewery, while our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks at the Figge. We had photos taken at the brewery of just us, and then our wedding party too. It was a great time to blow off some steam right after the ceremony, and really enjoy ourselves. Nic and I are HUGE craft beer freaks, and we love the Iowa craft beer community so much. We love trying new craft beers all the time. Great River has been our favorite place to go to as a couple, and they are pretty great to us there.
I’m only just beginning on my tattoo journey, as I only have 4 tattoos, and 3 were visible on my wedding day. I plan on ending up with a full sleeve eventually. When I was shopping for my wedding dress, I knew I definitely wanted them visible, because they were so beautifully done, and I wanted to showcase that. I knew that the dress I found would compliment my body, along with my tattoos.
Our advice would be to go with your gut – Do what you think represents you both the most, even if that doesn’t mean it’s “traditional.” Hell, I didn’t even have a “aisle” to walk down, and I didn’t even care. You can get married anywhere… ANYWHERE! Be selfish. Some people tried to tell me this wedding was for the guests, and honestly it was for US. And our fabulous wedding party. Keep the things that matter most to you, the unique things, and forget about everything else. You’ll be less stressed out about it all.
How awesome is Rebecca & Nic’s wedding? Thank you to them both and to Ford Photography for sharing with Marry Me Ink today. You can check out their full list of suppliers at the end of the post.
Photography: Ford Photography
Wedding Venue: Figge Art Museum
Rebecca’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Hair: Haus of Heir
Flowers & Cutting Cake: HyVee Supermarket
Cupcakes: Scratch Cupcakery
Brewery: Great River Brewery