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May the Fourth is ‘I do’: Ohio city has ‘Star Wars’ weddings


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — When Julia and Robert Jones learned that a judge in Ohio’s Akron Municipal Court would preside over “Star Wars”-themed weddings on May 4, the couple felt the Force was calling them to adhere to the law. tie ceremony.

“There was no other right decision, that was it,” said Julia Jones.

“Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” played in the background as the Akron couple joined six other couples in 15-minute wedding ceremonies Thursday at the Highland Universal Gathering Spot in Akron to mark May 4, essentially a holiday for Star Wars fans.

Most newlyweds dressed in traditional clothing, such as white gowns or a shirt and tie. But the Joneses came dressed in long tunics for the theme — Julia looked like a member of the Sith, the franchise’s adversaries, and Robert looked like a Jedi.

They held lightsabers as they exchanged vows in front of Julia’s parents and Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable, who stated that “by joining the lightsabers together and by the giving and receiving of rings”, he made them husband and wife. woman stated.

“I wish you all the luck,” he told them. “May the Force be with you.”

“Star Wars” enthusiasts around the world celebrate May 4 with a variety of tributes, while retailers hold special sales of related merchandise. And this year, beloved ‘Star Wars’ actor Carrie Fisher posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.