Jennifer & Bruce’s Vintage Jedi driveway wedding

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The offbeat bride: Jennifer Stockert

Her offbeat partner: Bruce Stockert

Location & date of wedding: In our driveway, Hollywood, CA — November 6, 2010

What made our wedding offbeat: We got married in our driveway and had the reception in our carport — cheapest, most fabulous vintage, Jedi, low budget, driveway wedding ever.

Our Lightsaber Wedding Arch- Photo by Jennifer Stockert

We hijacked our neighbor’s pretty backyard as a background, as our apartment and carport is ALL concrete and asphalt.

One of my friends made the cake as our gift!

We rented tables and chairs cheap, and bought fabric in downtown LA for $2.00 a pound and made our own tablecloths.

We got the flowers and vases in downtown LA cheap, too.

My dress cost $54.00 at a vintage store.

Photo by Bill Serantoni

We walked out to “Once Upon a TIme…Storybook Love” by Mark Knopfler from The Princes Bride.

We were introduced as Mr and Mrs Bruce Stockert to the music from the throne room Medal Ceremony scene in Star Wars by John Williams.

Then we played Rat Pack era music for the reception.

Photo by Erick Ramirez

Tell us about the ceremony: The words “God” and “Obey” were not in our wedding.

Photo By Erick Ramirez

We asked the minister to make sure he mention that we met in a light saber class and to please make nerd references.

He held up the rings like a Venn Diagram and listed all the things we had in common:
Tiki, Disneyland, Star Wars, vintage clothes. Then, he listed the things on the outside of our shared interests, like Rubik’s cubes, giant Japanese robots, and Super Mario.

Photo by Erick Ramirez

My favorite moment: Marrying under the light saber arch to the person I am perfectly matched with!

Having our best friends there to share it with us!

My funniest moment: There were several big laughs and Star Wars/Star Trek/Gundam/Super Mario/Rubik’s cubes and general nerd references through out the ceremony, but the funniest moment came at my design.

I told the minister to say this as we walked away after being introduced as Mr and Mrs:

The Bride and Groom will be right back, they are going to go change their facebook statuses…they ask that you start eating and drinking…

This got a HUGE, HUGE laugh, as the invitations were sent out via facebook, and every single guest was on the site.

Photo by Jennifer Stockert

Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? The cake. My girlfriend offered to make it and I left it completely up to her. I thought I was getting a sheet cake with “Congratulations” scrolled in gel. Instead I got a gorgeous, three tiered real deal wedding cake!

My advice for offbeat brides: Forget the pomp and circumstance.

Make sure you have love and friends and things that mean something to you!

Photo by Jennifer Stockert

Have you been married before and if so, what did you do differently? Yes. I went to Vegas. This wedding meant so much more!

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Love and friends, not money, ruled the day.

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!

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