This past May, I did something that lots of people eventually do when they have found a person they can stand the sight of for more than two minutes. I got married. However, unlike a lot of people, I got married in a movie theater. Because why not? No matter the chaos going on in my reality, the minute I step into a dark theater and the screen springs to life, I am embarking on a journey of the mind and body. It’s my very own religious experience, one I can practice singularly (watching a movie alone in a theater is highly underrated) or among others in an audience. I can forget about everything, just for a little while, and the only thing that matters is what transpires in that dark room lit only by the creativity of another. And sometimes, I take what I experience into my own reality. It seemed the only place in the world to marry my husband, Ryan. Luckily for me, he is also a member of the cinematic religion.
So, what exactly did getting married in a theater look like for us? Take a look!
The location: Bryn Mawr Film Institute
We were their first wedding, and I hope not their last, they did a wonderful job putting our ideas into fruition. As our guests arrived to the theater, we played a mix of our favorite instrumental soundtracks over the speakers. My dad and I walked down the aisle to “Married Life,” from Up, the first movie Ryan and I saw together in the theater.
The Montage: Basically, Harrison Ford
Of course you can’t get married in a movie theater without showing a movie. So, we compiled a montage with clips from our favorite films (copyrights be damned, this is for LOVE!), and those that have special meaning for us. Really, any movie we quote endlessly to each other. You haven’t loved until you have a whole conversation in movie/TV quotes with another person. It was basically a Harrison Ford love fest with Star Wars and Indiana Jones featuring prominently.
The Table Settings: Movies, obviously
Yup, each table was a different movie. We used silhouettes featuring the most prominent couples from each film, including Harry and Voldemort and Ripley and the Queen.
The Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry (as twist-ed to in Pulp Fiction by John Travolta and Uma Thurman)
The first dance is awkward for everyone involved, so we made it as ridiculous as possible. Imitate a dance, and no one can really fault you.
The Cake: Lego
Because building Lego may sometimes trump watching movies for both of us. Sometimes.
Thank you, dear readers, for indulging me and allowing me to introduce myself with a little bit of schmaltz. Film has always been an integral part of my life, and I hope to share more of that passion with you through this blog. Until next week, happy viewing!
Author: Jill Malcolm
Jill is happiest attending midnight screenings with other crazy film fans at her local theater. Her other passions include reading, traveling to faraway places, cat videos, pugs, and jalapeño peppers. She is co-founder of the blog Filmhash.