Fan Wedding Rehearsal
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
August 16, 2007
Finley’s Grill Room in
Tom Schaefer (TK118)
MISSION REPORT WRITTEN
BY: Cheryl Whitaker (TI-3127)
On May 25th,
Donna M. happened to catch the guest appearance made by the MWG members on the
WGN Morning Show. As a result, they came up with the idea to hire a few 501st
members to come and “troop” at Michael’s son’s wedding rehearsal dinner.
Michael’s son (Mike), Mike’s fiancée (Millie) and the Best Man (Chris) were HUGE
Star Wars fans and they thought a surprise visit by some Imperials would be
fantastic! Well, they were right. We were able to work it out and the rehearsal
dinner was a great success!
Even though the event was going to be held on a
Thursday evening, we were thankfully able to come up with three participating
members: Tom Schaefer (TK-118 - Stormtrooper), Mike Olson (SL-3193 - Darth
Vader) and myself (TI-3127 - TIE Pilot). Tom was the Coordinator for this event
and Chris (Best Man) was his contact. At first we assumed that our “role” in all
this was going to be to greet the guests at the restaurant after the actual
wedding rehearsal. We were wrong. When Tom spoke with Chris a couple of days
before the event, he told Tom that we were going to be surprise guests that
wouldn’t “appear” until after all the guests were already seated in the party
room. Well…that changed EVERYTHING! Now it was time to come up with a different
plan to make an entrance with.
After some brainstorming and expanding on a great
idea provided by
Schulte (Schph Gochi), a small skit was created. I went out and purchased some
stationary that was “scroll-like” and some black ribbon, then went home and
created a “Decree of Imprisonment” for the Groom. (There is a picture of the
scroll/Decree within the picture link below)
up at Finley’s after work on Thursday around
5:00 pm and
had to be ready to go by 6:00 because that’s when the guests were supposed to
start showing up. Chris came back to meet us in our “dressing room” around 6:00
to go over any last minute plans. The only people that knew about us being there
was the restaurant, Chris, and the Bride & Groom’s parents. This was going to be
Approximately 6:15… The
guests were all seated, Chris had Mike and Millie standing with him in front of
everyone to make a toast to them….THEN the Imperial March began playing. We got
several strange looks as we made our way through the back of the restaurant to
the velvet curtain that separated the party room from everyone else. As we got
closer to the curtain, the restaurant employees parted them and Tom and I went
straight for the Groom, with Mike as Lord Vader close behind. Everyone in the
room went wild! We instructed Mike to kneel on the floor with his hands behind
his head, while Tom read the Decree of Imprisonment aloud to everyone. Once Tom
was finished reading the scroll, Mike turned to kneel in front of Lord Vader and
asked him for Millie’s hand in marriage. After Lord Vader gave it a little
thought, he gave his approval and Mike was aloud to stand tall again.
The skit was a big hit, and
the entire event was a great success! A very generous donation of $200.00 was
given to Children’s
Hospital for our appearance.
the skit was over we stayed for many, many pictures with Mike, Millie and their
guests. They were all so appreciative and even offered to have us stay for
dinner. After we changed out of our costumes, we did end up staying for
another half-hour or so to chat with everyone, but politely declined the dinner
Tom got the
following e-mail from the Best Man the next morning:
Tom, I just wanted to say how grateful we are for having you
guys attend Mikes rehearsal dinner.....After you left all anybody could do
is talk about you guys...To be honest, the evening up to that point was
going a little rough, but after you showed up it really put everyone in a
good mood..I just wanted to thank you again, it was so awesome!!!! I am so
mad that i forgot my camera, so if there is any chance, can you please
send me a few pictures from your camera...Thank again Tom and I look
forward to talking to you in the future..
just got the following email from the Groom's parents ......
Tom and Kathy,
We cannot thank you both, as well as Cheryl (TI-3127) and Mike (SL-3193)
for the wonderful appearance that you put together last week. I have to
say, when Mike Sr. first told me of the idea, I had now clue of what we
would be in for....what a treat. Not only were the Bride, Groom, and Best
Man totally thrilled with it, the other guests, staff, and even patrons of
the restaurant had a great time!
At the reception, we were all introduced to the music of the most recent
series of movies as well.
I've attached a picture from the reception of the entrance of the
Newlyweds. After the Bridal party intro, they all got their sabre's and
made an arch for their grand entrance.
Thanks again for making a already special day, even more memorable.
All our thanks to you -
Michael and Donna Monterubio