It can be a bit of a nightmare, the wedding dance. Sure, you’ve just got married to the love of your life, but now you have to prance around with them on the dancefloor in front of everyone you hold dear. If only there was something that could help distract the audience, like, say, the most hotly anticipated movie of the year.
This was the dilemma facing newlyweds Robert Raven and Joey Pacheco, who tied the knot in summer 2015. Once the ceremony was over and the reception began, their thoughts no doubt turned to the massive dancefloor in front of the head table.
Perfectly square and surrounded by people, it was almost reminiscent of a boxing ring – the first hint, perhaps, that their wedding dance would have a slightly competitive element. With the groom suited and booted and the bride wearing a stunning white dress, Mr. and Mrs. weren’t, however, dressed for battle.
Perhaps some kind of dance-off was on the cards, or maybe the dancefloor’s shape was merely coincidental. Indeed, when the time came, bride and bridegroom, hand in hand, strolled on to the dancefloor in a somewhat unremarkable fashion.
At this point there was no sign of what was to come; save, perhaps, for a quieter-than-usual audience. Was there an air of nervous excitement in the air, or did they have an inclination about what was to happen? Maybe they were simply too busy with their camera phones.
After a traditional first dance – to a song from the animated film Quest for Camelot – it seemed like just another wedding. But then things started to get more interesting. The couple reached below the table for a mystery object. Or rather, objects.
The crowd stirred. They recognized these sword-like objects, and they knew what the newlyweds were about to do with them – even if it was a little incongruous with the whole holding-each-other-and-being-affectionate thing.
These were no ordinary swords; rather, they were replicas of perhaps the most recognizable weapon in cinematic history: the lightsaber. Mr. and Mrs., despite presumably being very much in love, were about to use them to fight each other in a Star Wars-themed wedding dance alternative.
The spectacle began with the newlyweds facing each other, lightsabers illuminated, on either side of the dancefloor. As the iconic soundtrack kicked in they moved toward each other – not quite with the intensity and hatred of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, it has to be said. Give it a few years…
It was then that their weapons collided and an epic battle ensued. Joey, it seemed, was initially very much on the offensive, while Robert was forced to defend himself. The former even threw in a few moves, presumably to impress the already-surprised onlookers.
After a few intense seconds, when it became clear there wouldn’t be an obvious winner, both bride and groom took a step back to take stock. The groom, however, used the downtime to spin his lightsaber using just one hand. This dude’s got skills.
By now the crowd were getting pretty vocal: it’s clear they wanted more. The battling newlyweds duly obliged by going in for round two, which consisted of fierce duels broken by an occasionally circling stand-off.
Things got so intense that the cameraman zoomed in to capture the couple’s expressions. It’s then the viewer realizes that Joey may have had the upper hand – while she was smiling, almost relaxed, Robert looked a little more strained; concerned, perhaps, that a humiliating defeat was on the cards.
Seconds later, however, and the groom took a swipe that almost decapitated his bride – a move that resulted in a few whoops from watching family and friends. It didn’t come to anything, though, and the couple decided to back away from each other ahead of what must surely be the thrilling climax.
It’s then that, lightsabers in hand, they charged at each other – while their weapons collided, they somehow both emerged unscathed. After a brief pause they went in for another duel – surely by now a winner had to emerge?
Well, not just yet. Despite the fight’s intensity, the groom inexplicably managed to drop his lightsaber, much to the amusement of his temporary enemy and the onlookers. After he regained his composure the battle commenced once more, but only for a few seconds before the most surprising of endings.
After they pushed their lightsabers against each other, the happy couple seemingly called it a draw by leaning in, kissing each other and switching off the glow of their weapons. The crowd, somewhat predictably, went wild.
The video, which has attracted more than 665,000 YouTube views since being uploaded in September 2015, emerged not long before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which on its opening weekend sold more tickets than any other movie in history.
Global box office sales, in fact, totaled $529 million – $4 million more than the previous record established by Jurassic World in June 2015. No doubt Robert and Joey were among those who bought tickets.
With future Star Wars movies in the pipeline, this is one couple that’s almost certain to be happily married for many years to come. Till Darth do us part, you could say.