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Minecraft-themed wedding shows the building blocks of love

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by Michael Krumboltz, Yahoo! BuzzLog

Seen one wedding, seen 'em all, right? Wrong. Matt Dunn and Asia Ramirez recently tied the knot at their Minecraft-themed wedding.

The wedding and reception were lovingly captured by Sacramento photographers Lisa and Geoff Bardot of the Goodness. While themed weddings are nothing new, we think it's safe to say Matt and Asia took theirs to a whole other level. There were Minecraft-style block figures of ducks, dogs, and more. Asia wore a "diamond necklace" inspired by the bricktacular game. Similarly, the groom's tie was inspired by Minecraft. The party was a team effort. Friends helped to paint the 100+ cardboard boxes used for trees and a cave.

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Matt and Asia first met in church, but quickly built a house together. Well, kind of. The house they created was in the wild world of Minecraft and helped bring them closer together. We spoke with Matt about his big day and how Minecraft brought him to his bride.

"I will never forget the very first time Asia and I joined a game of Minecraft together," Matt said. "We were just standing there, in awe of this beautiful eight-bit world before us. But we quickly started searching for a place to build a house. I told Asia that the 'bad guys come out at night,' and having seen me play the game previously, she didn't want to waste any time getting shelter. We found a nice spot overlooking a cove -- Asia picked it for the view -- and we immediately made a crude house out of dirt and wood."

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"Once things got built, she realized that we didn't have any food, so she kicked me out to find some wild pigs and cows to hunt. While I was out, I would look over at her face and her eyes were glowing with excitement. This wasn't just a building game. This was her time to build a home with the guy she loved. After a while I noticed she was giggling, so I ran back home to find that she had built a sign in the doorway with 'I love you :)' written on it. Suffice to say, my heart melted then, and I'm pretty sure it's remained a puddle since.

"I first heard of Minecraft toward the end of July 2009, when the game was in its alpha phase of development," Matt said. "Knowing Asia's own affinity for art, video games, and other creative activities, I showed her the game soon after I started playing it. She instantly became as addicted as I was."

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"What made the game so special to us," Matt continued, "was the ability to join the same game and explore our own virtual Minecraft world together. Someday we would love to travel the world and have real-life adventures of our own. But for the time being, Minecraft was/is our portal to feeding our creative and adventurous sides without spending tons of money we don't have."

The proposal came with a lot of help from the Minecraft team. Lydia Winters, known as "MinecraftChick," responded to one of Matt's emails and offered to help. "Jones Soda just happened to be a sponsor of the show, and 'Junkboy,' the main artist for the game, took it upon himself to design the incredible 'Will you marry me?' diamond labels that were used onstage. To be honest, I was, and am still, incredibly humbled by how much thought and work everyone put into making the whole thing work. ... I pretty much just had to show up to the show with my fiancee-to-be, keep the ring in my pocket, and try not to pass out from nervousness."

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Matt and Asia made sure not to make the reception feel like "a cheesy amusement park" (his words). "We were constantly throwing ideas back and forth with my aunt and a couple of close friends who helped with planning and setup. In the end, even people who had never heard of Minecraft were able to enjoy the experience without feeling alienated, and I think everything turned out to be pretty damn classy. Maybe I'm a bit biased?"

Maybe, but we're on board. Check out the photos from the reception. We think any Minecraft superfan would agree -- these two got the details right. Congratulations, guys!

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