38 years ago today, Star Wars was born into the world.
1 year ago today, Brian and I got married.
The matching anniversaries are not a coincidence.
When Brian and I got engaged, we immediately knew we wanted to have our wedding on the real Star Wars Day, aka May 25. Given that date fell on a Sunday, as well as during Star Wars Weekends and Memorial Day Weekend in particular, it was the easiest decision to make of all the wedding planning. We were able to have our ceremony and reception in the morning/afternoon, eat delicious brunch foods, and then head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the evening for James Arnold Taylor’s show and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks.
Anniversaries are a time for reflection, and since we never shared our Star Wars wedding photos on the blog, you’re getting them now. The official photos were taken by Brian’s brother, who is an amazing photographer, and the others come from my iPhone and Bria’s camera.
We’d also like to thank Robin Smith of Rhapsody in Blooms, our wonderful wedding planner, Shannon Donahue of Tulle Box Details for all of the fabulous artwork, Emily for serving as our officiant, and Shane for being DJ. Not to mention all our family and friends who celebrated with us and were in the wedding party.
Star Wars might just be a movie series, but the connections Brian and I have made through fandom have been invaluable. I don’t know what my life would be like without Star Wars, nor do I want to think about it. So thank you, George, for everything, and Happy Birthday Star Wars.
And Happy Anniversary, Brian. “I know.”
Shannon designed our awesome invitations, and made a special invitation just for show. 🙂
In lieu of a wedding shower or bachelor/bachelorette parties, we went to Star Wars Weekends!
Selfie on the way to the wedding!
My maids of honor wore galaxy print dresses! They are not Star Wars nerds, so I thank them for going along with our craziness.
Shannon made awesome banners as decorations, and created a special house crest just for us!
I walked down the aisle to “Across the Stars.”
Our Vision of the Future ring box.
It has since been signed by Timothy Zahn.
We also used my copy of Union (already signed) to hold the ceremony script.
Space heels and Star Wars Adidas.
Our recessional was “The Throne Room.” We also used a bunch of other Star Wars music during the Reception, and ended the party with Weird Al’s “The Saga Begins.”
After the ceremony, I took off the veil and sported the new Her Universe R2 hair clip.
During cocktail hour, Bria showed us well-wishes from Twitter.
The head table, complete with banners, centerpiece, and my R2-D2 purse/popcorn bucket. Along with planning everything, Robin did all the floral design.
Place settings! The X-wings were made by our friend Erin.
The head table was called Plooma. (Some of you may understand that reference.) We also had Coruscant, Alderaan, and Corellia, among many others.
Our first post-wedding selfie.
Lightsaber cake cutters. I hate epoxy.
All good marriages start with a lightsaber fight.
Cake cutters and the most delicious cupcake ever.
Our first dance was to “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen. (Also, note Brian’s flight suit orange colored boutonniere.)
Singalong! I think this was to “Don’t Stop Believin”
Tosche Station fun!
Our table setting list (done a la Star Tours), guest book poster (also made by Shannon), confetti holders, R2-D2 card box (painted by Shannon), and candy bags (made by my mother).
We even had a photo booth!
Bria is ready to defend the Alliance.
Shannon and Robin. This wedding would not have existed without them.
Photo booth fun!
Vadering and photobombing all in the same pic!
We are cool.
How could we not do this?
Blue star confetti!
Yes, we wore the bride and groom ears.
Going on a celebratory Star Tours ride.
This is what Happily Ever After buttons get you at Disney! Free cake! (We can also confirm that Happy Anniversary buttons also score you free desserts.)
The day after, at Magic Kingdom.
It was an amazing wedding. Thank you all for letting us share it with you.