If you’re 30-something, odds are you have fond memories of spending countless hours in front of a rabbit-eared television with a certain plumber named Mario and his brother Luigi. Through various incarnations of the game, they ate mushrooms, stars and leaves in order to gain superpowers and save Mario’s Princess from the evil Bowser. Meanwhile, you developed something called “Nintendo thumb” from pressing all of those buttons over and over again.
Those were the days, huh? Lucky for us, one couple brought them back.
Two Canadian Mario fans took their nostalgic love of the Nintendo characters to the next level recently at their wedding, surprising guests with some of the coolest centrepieces, invites and even a special ring bearer to celebrate their love of all things Mario Bros.
Burlington, Ont.’s Faebri Michetti and his fiance Danielle Marcoux got so into the theme on their big day, that they even got Nintendo’s attention.
Looks like this Mario found his Princess Peach. Check out this amazing Mushroom Kingdom themed wedding! pic.twitter.com/vwgOx6x9eu
— Nintendo of Canada (@NintendoCanada) July 10, 2015
Turns out, when Michetti and Marcoux started dating, playing Nintendo was one of the things they loved to do together. “We wanted to do something with our wedding that wasn’t traditional, and wanted to get creative,” Michette tells The Loop.
“Danielle was the creative director of most of the aspects of the wedding. She worked really hard to ensure the theme was as authentic as it could be. We wanted our guests to experience something they have never seen at a wedding before.”
Looks like they did a pretty good job to us. It all started with the invites — meant to look like old-school Nintendo cartridges — that amped people up for the big day.
Soon, it evolved into much more.
“Danielle constructed the centrepieces from scratch based on a cartoon picture of the plant,” Michetti says. Naturally, all of the tables were named after levels from the game.
Of course some things were still store-bought. Like the groom’s socks, which scream Mario love.
Michetti wore a red tie, just like the Nintendo character, but his brother — the best man — wore a green one. Mario and Luigi… get it?
The cake was perhaps one of the most spectacular finishing touches of all, as it featured Mario and Princess Peach on top of three spectacular layers, as designed by Christine’s Goodies Cake and Desserts in Hamilton, Ont.
To us, this just looks way too cool to actually eat.
Guests also walked away with some pretty sweet, themed loot — Mario figurines and gummy candies.
But the best surprise for attendees was the ring “bearer” himself: Mario in an actual remote-controlled “kart” with a customized question-mark ring box.
“It was easy to keep adding details because we both love the Mario series of games so much,” Michetti says. “I even got a Legend of Zelda wedding band with a Triforce on it. There is an inscription that says ‘It’s dangerous to go alone” inside the ring, a quote from the classic game.
Even their first dance, to “The Mario Kart Love Song,” added that extra special touch.
“We got married next to a go-kart track so we did a few laps with our hat and crown on,” Michetti adds. “Sadly, there are no pics yet!”
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day, weather-wise,” Michetti wraps. “We had some concerns that some guests wouldn’t enjoy the theme as it strayed a bit from traditions, but everyone had a blast! Mission accomplished.”
Looks like Mario and his Princess have found their happily ever after.