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‘Star Wars’ Fans Get Married at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater

Star Wars Wedding
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The Force is definitely with two “Star Wars” fans, until death does them part. Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters got married outside the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood Thursday. The couple flew to Los Angeles all the way from Australia to say their vows on the red carpet where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered Monday and also the first “Star Wars” movie premiered in 1977, making them the first ever couple to tie the knot in the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX courtyard.

CEO of TCL Chinese Theater Alwyn Hight Kushner introduced the bride and groom, explaining they camped out for 12 days on Hollywood Boulevard in anticipation of the film’s release this week, raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation through LiningUp.net.

The ceremony began with R2-D2 gliding down the red carpet aisle accompanied by a violinist playing the “Imperial March.” While the bride and groom weren’t dressed up, the couple stood alongside a wedding party of “Star Wars” characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a stormtrooper.

The officiator Obi-Shawn Crosby started off the ceremony with a few jokes. “I hate when the Wookie gets a fur ball, it’s awful.”

Crosby began the vows by quoting “The Princess Bride,” starting with his best rendition of “Mwarriage is what brings up together today. Mwarriage — that blessed arrangement.”

After clearing his through, Crosby continued, “Our notions of what relationships promise us are often shaped by fairy tales and the unreality of our popular culture. Yes, even movies. Despite what you’ve heard, love is not all you, need nor is it just a game, not especially when you are joining two very different people with two very different strengths, weaknesses, needs and emotions. You must unlearn what you have learned”

“Star Wars” references were unsurprisingly sprinkled throughout the entire ceremony. “One cannot block the power of love anymore than one can stop the twin suns from rising,” Crosby said. “You must assimilate completely with one another even though the trials and tribulations that any new enterprise can bring. Always remember that in a strong relationship, size matters not, even the little things are big things.”

He continued, speaking about love, “It is remembering to say I love you, or perhaps to respond ‘I know’ at least once a day. It is taking time for the goodbye kiss and the hello kiss. It is never going to sleep angry. And it is at no time ever taking the other for granted. Be patient with one another, for this patience is the way of fellowship. Though there will be dark times and circumstances will try your love, don’t play at riddles in the dark. (…) But fear not, I sense much love in you. Instead stand together to face the galaxy. Form a circle of love that envelops the entire extended family, regardless of species.”

“It is not only selecting the right partner, it is being the right partner. I sense today that Caroline and Andrew have each found the right partner. Caroline and Andrew, the force tells us the bond of commitment is a solemn one and not to be entered into lightly, but thoughtfully and seriously. We have been taught that we must do and do not, there is no try. Marriage is more than a simple five year mission. You do both understand and accept the responsibilities of this commitment?”

Crosby took the couple’s rings, and said, “Do you Caroline commit to Andrew as your partner, joining with him, pledging him your friendship, love and support? ”

“Luminous beings are we, and to be filled with love makes us more powerful than you could otherwise possibly imagine. (…) As you have just taken your first step into a larger world, by the power invested in me by Master Yoda, the Jedi Council and the state of California, I now pronounce you husband and wife,” Crosby said.

After the vows were finished, IMAX vice president of domestic marketing Duncan MacDonald surprised the couple with a $5000 check to the Starlight Children’s Foundation in their name and a $5000 check for their honey moon.

“This is what it was for guys,” Porters said, pointing to the check for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Twelve days guys — hard work, blood, sweat and tears.”

The couple celebrated their marriage with a Baskin Robin’s three layer “Star Wars” cake as guests broke into a edition of “Sweet Caroline.” As the newly weds struggled to cut the cake with a lightsaber knife, bystanders shouted out, suggesting they “use the force.”

As the ceremony ended, Hight Kushner said, “Caroline and Andrew, may the force be with you always.”