WINNIPEG - How do you say "I do" in Wookie?
Ask Winnipeg couple Kira Desrosiers and Mike Huget, after their wedding Saturday evening that was out of this world.
The newlyweds initially had their hearts set on eloping and getting married in Las Vegas by a justice-of-the-peace wearing a Darth Vader costume. But after their families convinced them to tie the knot closer to home and involve relatives, the couple called in Star Wars aficionados and donned costumes of their own for the themed ceremony at a local theatre.
"We just ran with the Star Wars theme, because we both love it," Desrosiers said, adding that the ceremony — performed by her father Marc Desrosiers dressed up as Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, and with Star Wars-costumed guests throughout the packed house — went better than she and Huget had anticipated.
"It was just the costumes, and how well they were done — and how everyone else dressed up and participated," said Desrosiers, a 26-year-old Royal Bank employee, who recited her vows dressed as Princess Leia.
"It was amazing. I'm truly blessed to have friends who would want to participate in something like this."
While about 10 attendants in custom-made Storm Trooper costumes stood guard on the darkened stage with space weapons ready, and the wedding party held light sabres, even Yoda and two Darth Vaders were among the crowd of about 140.
The groom took on the role of galactic smuggler and Millennium Falcon pilot Han Solo.
"I grew up playing as Han Solo when I was a kid," said Huget, 29, who works in customer service at a call centre.
"I would pretend I was in the movies, all the time."
One of the Storm Troopers even brought his own self-constructed life-sized model of Han Solo embedded in carbonite, as seen in the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back.
"It's really cool," Huget said. "Han Solo is one of the most memorable characters out there."
Huget noted family members had been somewhat surprised by the theme.
"We got some weird looks," he said. "But it's what we wanted to do."
The wedding cake featured a Death Star design, centrepieces were styled after Star Fighters and Storm Troopers, and cookies resembled light sabres.
"We're trying to put dashes of it everywhere," Desrosiers said.
"We all just want to have a lot of fun with it, and I think it's a wedding people will remember."