“Holy-Matrimony, Batman!” Our geek wedding cake topper

Nicki and I wanted to have a traditional wedding ceremony, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t be fun, a bit geeky, or have some of our own touches here and there.

We held it in a park where some of our first dates were, we had 3-D glasses for our guests, had a puppet mule as an usher, Nicki wore tennis shoes under her dress, we served Nerds candy at the reception, put out white butcher paper on the tables with Crayons and markers for guests to draw well wishes, had a wedding website and animated e-mailed invitations, I had a Batman groom’s cake, and we went with cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.

We also designed our own wedding cake topper- Wonder Woman carrying Batman over the threshold- “Holy-Matrimony, Batman!“. It was based off of the art I did for the programs handed out at the wedding and the few printed wedding invites sent out.

I started off with doing turnaround drawings of both figures, and then built wire armatures for a skeleton to sculpt on top of. I sculpted each figure separately using a 2-part resin called Magic Sculpt.

It’s a lot like clay, but once equal parts are mixed it has a working window of about an hour and becomes as hard as a rock once cured. It can then be sanded, carved, or have more added to it. I test fitted each part as I worked, modifying as needed until I got the figures to work together as one statue.

I sprayed each piece with primer, then painted them. I kept Batman’s cape and cowl separate from the rest of his body to make painting easier.

I then pinned and glued Wonder Woman to the heart base, pinned and glued Batman’s two halves together in her arms, and then prayed!

I changed the final sculpt from the original art just a bit. I had moved the background heart to the base, changed Wonder Woman’s boots from heels to the style Nicki likes, and added the lasso and batarang to the sculpt.

After gluing and pinning I used some artists tape to hold them together over night, and again when transported to the park for the wedding to keep them stable. Luckily they made it to and from the wedding just fine- whew! “Made it, Ma! Top of the cake!

AnneOlivia’s in Hernando, MS did the cupcakes and made a small Italian Cream cake to go at the top of the cupcake tier, and the topper fit perfectly. It (and the cupcakes) were a big hit.

Nicki’s mom and sisters made boxes for our guests to take some cupcakes home with them. We had a few left over and took them on the honeymoon trip with us. I was glad because we each only got to eat one at the wedding, and I didn’t get any of my groom’s cake! We also missed breakfast one morning at the hotel and the cupcakes came in handy.

Nicki and I have been married for almost two weeks now and we honeymooned the day after the wedding in New Orleans. It was my first trip to “The Big Easy“, and it definitely won’t be my last! You can read about and see pics from our 4 day stay there on my geek travel blog at www.HaveGeekWillTravel.com this month. We were there for Halloween on Bourbon Street, and took a cemetery tour on my 45th birthday!

Thanks for all the congratulations and well wishes! We had an amazing wedding, and are looking forward to an amazing life together.

Lin

Lin

Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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6 Responses

  1. diana says:

    Hi OMG would you be OK with me copying that Holy Matrimony thing?!

    Pleeeeease?

    It’s PERFECT.

    Utterly. PERFECT.

    -crosses fingers-

  2. Lin says:

    I did that as something unique and special for my wife, so I would hope nobody would reuse it. Don’t mind if it inspires people to do something similar for themselves, just don’t want it copied. Thanks!

  3. Heather Lowry says:

    i would be really interested in having these invitations for my wedding.

  4. Lin says:

    I did that as something unique and special for my wife, so I would hope nobody would reuse it. Don’t mind if it inspires people to do something similar for themselves, just don’t want it copied and I don’t sell them. Thanks!

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