Philadelphia-area couple Matt Conant and Stephanie Yuhas tied the knot in a less than traditional way, incorporating their love of filmmaking and geeky interests into their Philadelphia geek wedding.
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania the historic Colonial Theatre made for the perfect venue for a filmmaking couple to premiere three of their films and tie the knot. “We planned this movie night to show our families and friends, why we’re so passionate about film, our artistic community, and each other,” said Yuhas.
Their red carpet event blended together each other’s hobbies and interests from filmmaking, Futurama, Game of Thrones and video games. ”You always hear about the old-fashioned etiquette, overblown prices, and stress involved in traditional wedding planning. Since we’ve been running indie film nights through Project Twenty1 successfully for eight years, we decided to do that instead,” said Conant.
Dozens of guests showed up as costumed characters including Dark Helmet (Space Balls), Vulcans (Star Trek), Mandalorians (Star Wars) and Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit). “I’ve always wanted my old-world Transylvanian mother to attend one of our film events, so I figured getting married at one would guarantee her presence.”
The eclectic couple premiered a collection of their combined film works: Limit Break (a short Final Fantasy parody), Lazer Tag (the season finale of the web series Nerd vs. Geek, where a group of awkward adults take over an arcade) and Mr. & Mrs. Conant (a documentary about the couple’s work in the Philadelphia arts community). “We weren’t sure how people were going to react,” said Conant, “But people were laughing throughout and we got a surprising number of requests for a DVD of the film we screened.”
The couple was transported to their reception in a DeLorean by Retro Con’s Tony Tuski modified to look like the Back to the Future time machine. Later they danced to Mario Kart Love Song as their guests enjoyed cake built in the shape of a tub of popcorn, created by New York animator Liesje Kraai. The reception was followed by an after-party at Arnold’s Family Fun center, where over 30 guests rode Go Karts and played laser tag with the couple.“I got my wish!” said Yuhas, “My mother attended the screening and actually smiled. The next day, though, she asked me, ‘Vhat’s a geek?’ I guess you can’t win them all.”