A Silly, Sentimental, Oakland Wedding

The groom wrote “Mario Kart Love Song.” Yeah, that's right.

Karen, Marketing Specialist & Sam, Video Game Designer / Musician

Photographer: Vivian Chen

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Our laid-back Bay Area wedding filled with friends, family, and music.

Soundtrack for reading: It’s a tie! Our first dance was “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” by Death Cab for Cutie and performed by our mega-talented friends Dustin and Monique.

We let the DJ choose our last dance song and he surprised us with “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. EVERYONE was on the dance floor for that one. Whenever we hear either song, it immediately takes us back to the wedding.


Sam is the singer/songwriter behind “Mario Kart Love Song,” a viral YouTube video. Since then, he’s been contacted by countless video-gamer couples who have told him that they’ve used the song in their own weddings. Sam didn’t perform MKLS but did perform two other songs he wrote about Karen. He was accompanied by one of his best friends and groomsmen, Shalin (on the flute).

Favorite Thing about the wedding

The overwhelming energy of love and support that surrounded us all day. We are both kinda reserved people and on this day, we just let it all hang out (emotionally, that is)! As our groomsman Christian would say, we had #allthefeelings. From Karen: Some of my favorite moments were from months before the wedding. Working on DIY projects with Sam, our family, and friends was great bonding time. From Sam: Our ceremony was my favorite. It had the perfect mix of sentimental and silly moments!


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