Caroline Ritter, 34, and her fiance Andrew Porters, 29, have just made geek history by getting hitched in an epic Star Wars wedding before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday, December 17. The two became the first couple ever to wed in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood, California where the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, premiered in 1977.
The couple who is not from a galaxy far, far away but from Hunter Valley, Australia gathered their belongings and traveled 7,500 miles to participate in the “Lining Up for Star Wars” tradition hosted by the theater, only to find themselves preparing for their own Star Wars wedding!
The “Lining Up for Star Wars” multi-day charity fundraiser, this year dubbed “The Line Awakens,” hosted roughly 150 fanatics who, since December 5th of this year have been camping in front of the theater awaiting the arrival of new characters like Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma, as well as the return of well-known names like Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca. The event not only offered fans 12 days of Star Wars-themed adventures and premiere tickets, but also raised money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
As Ritter told Mashable, she had attended “Lining Up for Star Wars” events in both 2002 and 2005, and had started planning on doing the same as soon as The Force Awakens release date was made public. Little did she know that she and her fiance Porters were the couple the theater was looking for…
Ritter and Porters, who had been engaged for eight years (that’s more years than there are films in the epic space saga at this moment) took the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® up on their offer to have a premiere day Star Wars wedding and tied the knot in front of their “The Line Awakens” friends and thousands of other fans at the historic Hollywood location on Thursday, December 17.
Escorted down the famous forecourt aisle by the franchise’s most famous father, Darth Vader, Porters’ teal-haired bride looked stunning in her classic white wedding dress. Ritter presented a sparkling, subtle nod to her love of Star Wars with handmade crystal appliques in the shape of the rebels favorite fleet, X-Wing Fighters, sewn onto her dress while Porters wore a black suit.
Dressed as a Jedi master, “Obi” Shawn Crosby led the couple in their quirky vows which started with, “Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together, today,” which film lovers will recognize from another cult classic, The Princess Bride.
As to be expected the vows also contained the gripping lines “I love you” and “I know” exchanged by Princess Leia and Han Solo just before Solo is frozen in carbonite, along with nods to Star Wars rival franchise Star Trek, and other iconic films. As their Jedi officiant closed the ceremony with “by the power vested in me by Master Yoda and the state of California,” he wished Ritter and Porters an everlasting marriage, saying, “May your love last longer than a sarlacs’s digestion,” which, for those who don’t know is roughly 1,000 years.
After Ritter Jedi-knighted Porters using the lightsaber inside her floral bouquet, the couple celebrated their Star Wars wedding by, of course, watching The Force Awakens and will follow the film with a post-screening pizza party. A themed wedding cake painted with Stormtrooper faces and adorned with action figures was also presented to the couple by Baskin Robbins (which they ceremoniously cut with Sith red lightsabers). The Star Wars newlyweds will pass up camping on the theater’s grounds tonight for a luxury boutique hotel stay courtesy of Mama Shelter Los Angeles.
With of the couple being found through the “Lining Up for Star Wars” fundraiser, IMAX® presented Ritter and Porters with a $5,000 donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation in the couple’s name, and gifted them another $5,000 check to kick off the best honeymoon this galaxy has to offer.
There’s no word yet on when or where Ritter and Porters will be honeymooning, but we know for sure that Star Wars will always hold a special place in the hearts of these two star-crossed lovers.