November 16, 2012

My Star Wars Wedding Reception

Sunday is my 6th wedding anniversary. I'm so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man. Mike is everything I wanted and continue to want in a life partner.

So, upon this momentous occasion, I think it's finally time to tell the story of my Star Wars wedding reception.

Now, lest you think I was one of those brides who dressed up like a character or something on her wedding day, I assure you, that was not the case. But, for those who know me, I do like to have a little fun now and then. Wink wink.

My husband is a HUGE Star Wars fan. Like, huge. Like, he and his friends used to get together to have "pretend" lightsaber battles. Yeah, he'll tell you that was like fifteen years ago and he hasn't done it in forever.

Don't believe him. The lawyer's got some lightsabering (totally a word) skills.

On to our wedding reception...I wanted to really do something special to show him how much I appreciated him putting up with all the pink, etc., in our wedding. So, I hatched a plan with his groomsmen.

It was well into our reception--so all the formalities had been done, and we were just dancing and having a blast. The DJ suddenly announces that we all needed to clear the dance floor, because we had a special guest. I held tight to Mike's hand, pretending like I was confused. *insert evil laughter here*

Everyone is off the dance floor but Mike and I, and out of nowhere, "Darth Vader" (aka, our friend Ryan) appears in cape and mask. The DJ hands him a mic and he does a nice heavy breathing routine, telling Mike he has to fight to get me back. At that point, several "Storm Troopers" (aka, groomsmen in masks) come and take me hostage. I do a nice screaming bit, telling Mike to save me, save me.

I tell you, it wasn't fun at all. Grin.

We had to figure out how to get Mike a lightsaber, so my brother jumps out from the crowd with one in hand, tells Darth Vader to let me go. Darth Vader wipes him off the map, and my brother throws the lightsaber at Mike, telling him to "avenge him." Very dramatically, of course.

Then comes the Star Wars battle music.

Mike and Darth Vader begin fighting. Mike's cracking up at this point, of course, but he knows exactly what to do because--yeah, he's done this before. Ha.

Eventually, he slays Vader, the Storm Troopers let me go and drag their leader off the stage and out the door, and I run to Mike, crying, "My hero, my hero." And the audience goes wild with applause.

Yeah. One of the coolest memories ever.

The only thing cooler was that just before all of this, Mike surprised me by singing a very romantic song for me. He's not really a singer but he knows how much I love his voice.

Romance at its finest.

Your Turn: Did you do anything special or unique at your own wedding? If you aren't married or can't think of an example from your own, ever been to a wedding with something fun or unique?

*Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, I'll be taking a blogging break next week. See you on Monday, November 26, which just happens to be my birthday. I'd love if you'd come celebrate with me.

34 comments:

  1. How awesome! Thanks for sharing this special memory and happy anniversary! The first time I commented on your blog was your fifth anniversary post. :)

    You've heard the story of my wedding surprise, but I'll briefly share it again (because I LOVED it!). I'm a huge fan of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and I had seven bridesmaids and was married in June, all because of that movie (by the way, check out my blog today and you'll see I'm basing my next hero off a member of the movie's cast!).

    As a surprise, my bridesmaids performed the song, "June Bride" for me at our reception - dancing and all. It was the most amazing experience of my life - because I knew that most of them had to leave their comfort zone to perform it - and they did it all for me. :)

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    1. I love that story!! So cool when people do things for us even though it's difficult for them. It means all the more.

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  2. Sooooo sweet. I love that. I specifically told our DJ not to play cheesy dance songs like YMCA. What did he play? Yep. He played all of them, including YMCA, and it was an absolute blast. Some times the best parts of weddings are when things go wrong.

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    1. Haha, we told our DJ the same thing. He played a few of those fun ones, but kept them to a minimum. It was mostly Frank Sinatra-type music.

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  3. Tell Mike: "The Force is with you...but you are not a Jedi yet!"

    Ha ha!

    Being such a Star Wars geek myself, if I could go back I would have had Star Wars music playing at our wedding reception!!

    Such a great story!! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Lindsay Harrel, for the win!!!
    Oh my word, I burst out laughing at this! Totally, totally awesome!!!!

    BEST reception story EVER!!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. If I've made YOU laugh, then I must really be funny. :)

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  5. So awesome :) I love it! We had a cake and ice cream reception, totally relaxed. Less pressure on two shy people :)

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    1. As you've probably guessed, I am not very shy. ;)

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  6. Haha! I love that idea! Great job. :) I'm not married, but I've been to my fair share of them. Here is a memory that stood out.

    At one of my friend's weddings, they had the best ceremony kiss and ending ever! He's a jokester and we knew he would do something hilarious, but we had no idea what.

    The preacher said "You may kiss the bride." He held up one finger to halt the kiss, turned dramatically to the audience, then tore open his shirt front to reveal Superman lettering on his chest. Right then, the Superman theme music blared over the speakers and he swung his bride down for a kiss. She was laughing so hard as they walked down the aisle when they left the church with the music still playing. We all were cracking up too! It was so memorable!

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    1. P.S. Happy anniversary and HAPPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, LINDSAY!! :)

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    2. Thank you!

      And that is the coolest story ever!! I love it when people make their wedding unique to them.

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  7. Fun stuff, Lindsay. I love the battle over the bride....

    Happy Anniversary!

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  8. Oh. My. Word.
    I absolutely love this ... and all the other stories in the comments.
    I posted it over on my author page ...

    And just FYI: I have my daughter has her own light saber, which my husband borrows on occasion.

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    1. Thanks for posting this, Beth! :) Glad you could share my craziness with the masses. Heh.

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  9. LOVE this, Lindsay. Happy Anniversary!

    Blessings,
    Becky

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  10. Love that, Lindsay! But where's the video??? :)

    Have a wonderful anniversary.

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    1. We actually do have it on DVD, but I don't know how to transfer that into snippets. I'm not THAT tech-savvy.

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  11. What an awesome thing you did for your guy, Lindsay! I love it!

    Happy anniversary! I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful time celebrating your six years of togetherness.

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    1. Thanks, Keli. It came to me in a moment of brilliance. ;)

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  12. If I did not think you were ridiculously cool before now, Linds, you are now off-the-charts awesome. Happy early anniversary!!

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    1. Melissa Tagg thinks I'm off-the-charts awesome?!

      I think I just reached some new level of coolness.

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  13. Oh goodness, I love it! Best Friday post ever!!

    Happy anniversary!

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    1. Thanks, Case. It was fun to make it unique to us.

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  14. This is awesome! Tell me you have it on video! Happy A, Linds!

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  15. HAHAHAH!!! That is THE best thing ever! And bonus points for him singing to you! Have a great time celebrating - and early HAPPY BIRTHDAY! oH, yeah, and Happy Thanksgiving too:)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, November is kind of my favorite month. Lots to celebrate. :)

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  16. Happy anniversary--love the epic battle for the bride story!

    There were a little "superman" shenanigans at our rehearsal, but in the wedding, nothing crazy. But David did carry me all the way down the aisle after we said "I do," so he literally swept me off my feet. That was fun. And I probably weighed like 15 lbs less then...hee.

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    1. How cute!! I'm sure I weighed at least 20 lbs less then than now... :-/

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  17. Lindsay, that totally ROCKS!! LOL You are one crazy woman and I love it!!!

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  18. Wowza! so cool and fun. Definitely a memory maker !!! :O)

    Diane
    www.dianeestrella.com

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