The excitement that has been following the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached fever pitch around the world following the premiere in Australia on Wednesday night. However for one Australian couple, watching it on Australian shores was never going to be a consideration.
Star Wars fans Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters travelled al the way to LA to watch the movie, as well as choosing to get MARRIED in the line the camped out in for 12 days!
Ritter and Porters got married in line on Thursday afternoon, having flown in from Australia for the occasion. The long-engaged couple were already planning to travel to Los Angeles for the premiere, and when they heard that the Chinese Theatre was considering hosting a Star Wars-themed wedding, they immediately signed on. They always knew their wedding would be Star Wars-themed anyway. “We’d never actually considered that was possible,” Ritter said about the Chinese Theatre’s proposal. “We didn’t think it would ever happen, so we decided to take the chance and do it.”
A lifelong Star Wars devotee who works for a mining company, the bride first waited in line outside the Chinese Theatre for the Attack of the Clones premiere in 2002, and she camped out for six weeks for Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
The groom works as a rural firefighter and had never seen a Star Wars movie until he met his fiancée. “He was sort of being dragged into this life with me,” says Ritter. “I’ve taken him to a couple of conventions, and he’s watched the movies, and then he became a fan of Clone Wars and it sort of spiraled from that.”
Ritter, after spending 12 days camped in line with other fans says he finally gets why she was so insistent that they travel to L.A.: “He finally understands why I put my foot down and said, ‘I don’t want to see this in Australia. I want to fly back and see this with everyone here.’”
The entire wedding was filled with details from a galaxy far, far away, with hundreds of fans attending in costume.
The newlyweds will spend their honeymoon in France and England next July — stopping in London for a Star Wars convention, of course. The force is definitely strong with these two.
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