UPDATED: Ring the intergalactic wedding bells! Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters have tied the knot at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. See snapshots of the ceremony above and below.
EARLIER: Star Wars fans Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters have set up camp at the front of the line outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, where they’ve been sitting for the past 12 days. And while the couple is psyched to see The Force Awakens when it opens at 7 p.m. PT, they have one last thing to do before settling into their seats: get hitched.
Ritter and Porters are getting 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. Besides, they always knew their wedding would be Star Wars-themed anyway. “We’d never actually considered that was possible,” Ritter tells EW about the Chinese Theatre’s proposal. “We didn’t think it would ever happen, so we decided to take the chance and do it.”
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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. Many of the fellow fanatics she met there more than a decade ago returned for The Force Awakens, and the ones who decided to skip the line this time still stopped by to say hello and give the happy couple their regards. “It’s such a close-knit group of family and friends that there’s no one else you’d want to see the movie with,” Ritter says.
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.”
But now that Porter’s spent the past 12 days camped out outside the Chinese Theatre — his first-ever time in line for a movie premiere — Ritter 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.’”
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The entire wedding will be filled with details from a galaxy far, far away, with hundreds of fans expected to attend in costume. Dunkin Donuts celebrated the day by giving fans coffee and donuts in the morning, and Baskin-Robbins is providing a custom Star Wars-themed wedding cake. Darth Vader will walk the bride down the aisle to “The Imperial March,” and although Ritter will wear a classic white dress, her mother handmade a fur wrap for the occasion, which the bride then decked out in crystal X-wing fighters.
The newlyweds will spend their honeymoon in France and England next July — stopping in London for a Star Wars convention.