‘Star Wars’ wedding takes center stage at Hobart theater – Chicago Tribune
Super fans Ben Cirino of Dyer and Courtney Oswald of Schererville summoned up the force to tie the knot in a “Star Wars”-themed wedding ceremony Saturday in Hobart.
The couple, who met four years ago while attending classes at Purdue University Calumet, shared their love for each other and all things “Star Wars” by hosting their special day during a private ceremony at the Art Theater in Hobart, where the reception included a screening of the new film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“We didn’t want a traditional wedding and we love ‘Star Wars,'” Oswald said before she walked down the aisle in a traditional white gown.
Her passion for the epic films was on display in her custom “Star Wars” shoes, a Stormtrooper pin on her waist sash and a “Star Wars” wrap around her flowers.
She said the couple wanted to have a wedding people would remember that would be different from the usual ceremony, dinner and dancing. They originally had planned to get married in June, but when the movie opening was announced they decided to move their date to December.
Oswald said she could not wait for her reception to see the film, though.
“I’ve already seen it twice. Tonight will be the third time. We will see it many more times,” she said.
Cirino, who showed his love for the film with “Star Wars” sneakers and a Clone Trooper variant of the Stormtrooper in his tuxedo pocket, used his connections with the Art Theater to book the venue and host the private screening. The theater is currently screening the film daily at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. The couple’s friend, comic book store owner Jim Sterna, married the pair.
“I’m just excited,” Cirino said, adding he knew there was something special about Oswald after their first date four years ago. The first time he was in her apartment he noticed her movie collection included the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the “Star Wars” movies.
“That was without me having any influence,” he said. The couple said they bonded over their love for movies and music.
Friends Kevin Lee of Lowell and Nick Wisniewski of Oak Forest, Illinois, helped the couple set the mood for their special day by dressing in full Stormtrooper and Boba Fett costumes to serve as ushers. Wisniewski, a self-described “Star Wars” geek, said he was ready to help with the idea when Cirino asked.
“Since I own a costume I was all for it,” he laughed.
The sight of the couple, accompanied by their costumed escorts and posing for pictures under the theater’s marquee, was greeted by honking horns from passing motorists who slowed down to see.
As the ceremony began Cirino was ushered down the aisle by a Stormtrooper in full costume to the movie’s theme song while Boba Fett lead Oswald and her grandfather Paul F. Seelentag of Lowell, who gave the bride away, to the stage for the nuptials.
Seelentag said the “Star Wars” wedding was nice though he was never able to “get into” the movies despite their action. He said he had just one wish for his granddaughter and her new husband, and that she be happily married longer than the 52 years he shared with her late grandmother.
“I want her to break that record,” he tearfully said.
Sterna lead a simple ceremony, closing it out to the cheers and applause of the couple’s family and friends.
“You may kiss, and may the force be with you,” he said.
Carrie Napoleon is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune