May the force be with you both - Chesterfield couple tie the knot, Star Wars style

Lee Bowdler and Pip Stephenson at their wedding with some of their Star Wars themed guests
Lee Bowdler and Pip Stephenson at their wedding with some of their Star Wars themed guests

The force was strong at Chesterfield Registry Office last Friday when a cast of characters from a galaxy far, far away arrived to celebrate the wedding of two of their own.

A stormtrooper stood guard as a wookie, two Darth Vaders, an Imperial Guard and a Princess Leia arrived along with many other guests more traditionally attired.

Paula Baggaley makes sure Darth Vaders rose is ok

Paula Baggaley makes sure Darth Vaders rose is ok

Fulfilling their destiny were Lee Bowdler and Pip Stephenson from Selstone, who are both active members of the “East Midlands Garrison”, a Star Wars “cosplay” organisation based in Derby.

Groom, Lee Bowdler, dressed immaculately in a cream jacket and red cravat, said: “I just thought it would be nice for the area and might put a smile on people’s faces.”

“Pip wasn’t into it to start with but now she loves it and dresses up as a Shadowtrooper and a Twi’lek.”

Bride, Pip, in a beautiful sequinned dress with a train as long as an Imperial Star Destroyer, said: “We just wanted all our family and friends see us doing what we like to do.

Lee Bowdler with Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a Stormtrooper

Lee Bowdler with Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a Stormtrooper

“And it also means that everybody doesn’t have to go out and buy a new outfit!”

The group get together every fortnight to attend conventions and raise money for good causes, but when two if their own members were to be married, the chance of having a Star Wars themed wedding was too good to pass up.

“Darth Vader”, Glenn Baggaley, who was there with his wife Paula, said: “We’re just a group of people who are really passionate about Star Wars.

“We just love it but the wife isn’t as into it as I am - I don’t know why!”

Chewbacca and Princess Leia (Lois Baggaley)

Chewbacca and Princess Leia (Lois Baggaley)

To Lee and Pip from all at the DT - we’re Yoda the moon you’ve found your Obi-Wan.