Love was in the air at the London State Theater this past weekend. And what’s more romantic than a cozy night at the movies? A cozy night at the movies that leads to a wedding.
A long time ago, in a theater in London….
Last December at the State Theater, just after the end credits rolled on the film “Rogue One,” the standalone entry into the Star Wars franchise, Andy Wilson escorted his then girlfriend, Sarah Green, into the lobby of the theater. After a brief and anxiety-filled few minutes, Wilson got on one knee and proposed.
Green said yes.
A few weeks later, just ahead of Christmas, the London couple phoned Rob Treynor, the State’s owner, and asked if they could continue their cinematic love story by holding the actual ceremony in his theater. Treynor, too, said yes. So, last Saturday, Oct. 7, the couple held their wedding on the stage of the screening room at the State Theater to a crowd of more than 100 friends and family.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time in the State’s 80-year history that there’s been a wedding inside the theater,” Treynor said. “It was quite fun. They were a fun bunch.” Attendees bought beer and wine from the concession stand and filled the theater to watch the couple take their vows.
The couple had a (somewhat) traditional wedding with accompanying bridal party lines and “I do’s,” all under the lights of the historic movie house.
“This was on the books for us all year,” Treynor said. “We were looking forward to it since it all began.”
Preview of coming attractions
The Friday night before the wedding, Burke Mayne and Molly Mickley, former London residents currently living in Columbus, went to the theater to watch “Blade Runner 2049.” They settled into their seats and awaited the start of the film. As the trailers before the movie began to roll, Mickley noticed something very familiar. One of the previews on the screen looked like a collection of photographs of her and her boyfriend over the course of their relationship.
As the trailer came to a close, Mayne turned to his girlfriend and asked for her hand. She said yes and the theater erupted in applause.
“We told people coming in that the last trailer they were going to watch was not a movie,” Treynor said. Once the proposal was done, the couple was off into the night.
Treynor offered a congratulations to both couples and said he’s happy to have been involved. “We’re going to be whatever London needs us to be,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be a part of their love story.”
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