by Kamira Sirnah
Sno was one of my first friends on the Great Canadian Grid. Shortly after, I met her now virtual husband Doug. My husband (RL and VL) and I were fortunate enough to meet both of them in RL at our home in Kingston. When they announced their plans to be married on the GCG, I really wanted to be involved.
I have a sim called Enchanted Isle. It was my first build. I had a mirrored dance floor in one of the ruins on the sim and thought it might make a pretty backdrop for the wedding. When Doug and Sno saw it, they agreed.
I said I would make some table and chairs and thought it would only take a few hours to get it ready. Well, was that naive!
I made tables and chairs for the perimeter, but Sno and Doug were inviting everyone so I thought I would add some extra rows of chairs. The chairs looked too plain so I added a mesh bow. The bow helped but it still lacked something. I took some pictures in RL and made a crystal vase for each table. The vases really helped, but of course they needed a burning candle inside. Luckily, I had one I had made previously. To make it more romantic, I added a heart emitter. You get the gist. I closed my computer for the night and went to bed.
If you build, you will understand if you start a project, it can interfere with RL sleeping, eating, shopping, doing laundry, walking the dog, and talking to your spouse. That night my brain would not sleep. I felt I needed to add just a “few” more touches. To save making this article as long to read as it did to finish the “few” touches, I will just list them.
The List: a carpet runner for the centre and under each row of chairs
columns ( made in blender) to go down the aisle and the outside stairs
a mesh rope to go between the columns
a vase with flowers for the top of each column
the altar needed a bible and candlesticks
falling apple blossoms
petals on the ground
a dove emitter for after the “I do”
a book for the officiant (Tig) to hold during the ceremony
the bridal bouquet
the boutonnieres ( I was in luck, my orchid was in bloom, I used the photo for a mesh flower)
some extra decorations for the cake
a piece of cake for guests to eat
tables and chairs for the reception (Sci Fi style of course)
a heart balloon emitter
monogrammed champagne glass to give a drink and congratulate the bride and groom
an eating animation – my first animation..it was pathetic, but it worked
thankfully Linda Kellie had wedding animation set..whew..thank you Linda
a garter for the groom to throw (I had a problem with this, when someone “JIM” put a script in it so the groom could throw it. We practiced with it and for three days later, I was still tracking down wedding garters that were multiplying like rabbits.)
Did I mention the venue had a mirrored floor?..soooo all the furnishings had to be done twice and put upside down to make the reflection convincing.
I made a wedding gift in blender. It was a place setting complete with cutlery and monogrammed design. (Thank you, Marianna for the beautiful monogram). The set consists of a bread plate, dinner plate, bowl, tureen and matching candlesticks. The cutlery is also monogrammed with a 3d monogram. It has a knife, fork, teaspoon, soup spoon, and my husband insisted I add a cake fork. (was easy for him to suggest) I took pity on Doug and made him a special set with Darth Vader on it.
While I was making preparations, my sim was crashing constantly. Every time I logged in, it was down, along with one other empty sim. I was getting very concerned. I contacted Roddie and told him I thought I should move all my sims around and put the Enchanted Isle on another sim that was more stable. As usual, he was messing around in the background and told me to just hang in there until the new servers were up and running. I decided, just in case disaster should befall us during the ceremony, I better have a backup. I made a copy of the wedding venue, and put it in a rezzer and built a platform for it. I have included some pictures. The one with the poppies is the “Whoops, we crashed” backup.
I am sure I have forgotten a few things. There were others involved in the wedding, Tig wrote a beautiful ceremony, made the wedding dress, provided the bridesmaid dresses and I know spent days perhaps weeks on her contributions.
Honey made lovely bridesmaid bouquets.
Roffello took amazing pictures, and made the wedding delightful with his humour and artistry.
DJ Darlin provided the perfect music both for the venue and the reception.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen did a wonderful job and helped make the wedding the success it was.
I would like to thank Sno and Doug for allowing me to be involved in all the preparations. I learned a few more tricks in blender and did my first animation in Qavimator. (I have so much more to learn!) I really enjoyed it. Even though it was a lot of work, it was a very rewarding experience. I must admit I did much more than Sno asked of me because it was so much fun and Sno is a very good friend.
It has been suggested I leave the venue up for others. I have decided to leave both the venue and the backup platform available for others to use (colours can be changed if necessary). I can remove chairs if someone just wants a dance or to hold an event. The venue would be free.
Please read this as a warning. If someone asks you to help with a wedding....well just read the list again! Winks... And I would say YES!