It takes years to realize there are times you want to take out your spouse with a lightsaber but for Krystel Ciocon and Earle Doudera, they knew before the wedding even happened. And since the couple love Star Wars so much, almost as much as each other, they figured, why not have their nuptials be all about the hit franchise?
When Ciocon met Doudera, it was their mutual love for the films that “deepened their relationship,” she told Buzzfeed, adding, “We bonded over a lot of things; Star Wars was a wonderful addition. We invested in our own lightsabers. Now they’re at the centre of our dresser. When we found out they were making Episode 7, we knew we had to go to opening day.”
But a Star Wars wedding? On a a budget of less than $5,000? Would that be possible? And would that be too kitschy? Possible, yes. Kitschy? Heck, no! Because according to Ciocon, it was more than a theme.
“I didn’t just want a wedding with a Star Wars theme,” the Jan. 10 bride said. “I wanted a wedding IN Star Wars. I wanted to be a part of this fantastic universe, and all the ideas just fell into place.”
So what does that include? Well, a realistic (albeit staged) lightsaber battle inspired by fight sequences from the first six movies, obviously.
There was also a Death Star cake (pointed at trash cans labelled Alderaan), and the table names were inspired by the planets.
The wedding was held at their home, which they put a down payment on using their wedding savings, and while some people weren’t fans (the groom’s sister skipped the entire wedding “because it was Star Wars,” grrr), Ciocon’s mom, who wasn’t feeling it at first, eventually came around and got really into it. Even Benji got in on the action.
Aw. See! That’s what you do in the name of love. And the Force, of course.