You’ll Never Believe What This Couple Exchanged Instead of Wedding Rings at Their Movie-Themed Nuptials

This Brooklyn couple’s movie-loving journey began long before their wedding. It’s the reason they met.

He was an Austin-based filmmaker about to finish his first feature, a documentary called Rewind This! She lived in NYC and worked at an entertainment market research company (she’s now a freelance social media manager). For a while they traded movie recommendations on Twitter, until meeting face to face at the 2012 Fantastic Fest, a genre film festival held annually in Austin at the beloved Alamo Drafthouse.


Film festival flirtation was followed by frequent visits to each other’s cities.  By April 2013, just weeks after his film had its world premiere at SxSW, Josh made the move to the Big Apple. Eight months later, the couple was engaged and began to plan an epic movie-themed wedding, to take place at one of NYC’s best loved film institutions: The Museum of the Moving Image.


Just how epic are we talking?  Here are just some of the flourishes that made their friends and family proclaim theirs “the best wedding I’ve ever attended.”


The Save the Date  was a Parody of an Entertainment News Article


Word is that the design work was so spot-on that many guests threw out the mailer, thinking it was junk mail.


Dial M for Marriage Save the Date


The Wedding Invite was a Movie Premiere Invitation 


The film? Dial M for Marriage.  As you can see, the poster image was, appropriately, a loving homage to legendary designer Saul Bass.


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Red Carpet Arrivals 


No movie premiere would be complete without red carpet arrivals – and some paparazzi too, of course.


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The Table Centerpieces Were Parody Movie Posters


The couple had their friends design reimagined movie posters in their honor. Here’s a sample: 

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The Bride and Groom Created Hilarious Pre-Show Entertainment


Movie trivia slides like “Guess the Movie Quote” and “Match the Wedding Guest to their Favorite Movie” gave way to a dimming of the lights, and over ten minutes of filmed content. It began with a parody hosted show, which was hosted by friend and Brooklyn film writer / video store owner Aaron Hillis, who cut away to such cinematic treats as these:


  • A behind the scenes documentary about the making of Dial M for Marriage (at 0:30)
  • A mockumentary about how residents of the bride’s home state of Minnesota play Duck Duck Grey Duck instead of Duck Duck Goose (no, really) (at 6:23)
  • A parody Dial M for Marriage trailer (at 9:46)


The Ceremony Was Presided Over by Zach Galligan, of Gremlins and Gremlins 2 Fame


The sequel, released in 1990, “was a film I watched obsessively as a child, and watching it shaped my earliest desires to be a filmmaker,” said the groom.  “It meant so much to have him marry us.”




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When It Came Time to Exchange Rings, They Pulled Out VHS Copies of Japanese Horror Classic RINGU and the US Remake THE RING


The appropriate yet touching vows got huge laughs from the incredulous audience. 
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Their First Dance was to Time After Time from ROMY AND MICHELLE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION


Just when guests thought there were no more cinematic surprises in store, the music started, and the bride’s good friend David emerged from an unsuspecting crowd, and the three of them performed the steps they’d been rehearsing for weeks in secret.  

Dial M For Marriage: First Dance from n horton on Vimeo.


Reviews Are In: DIAL M FOR MARRIAGE was a hit.


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No news of a sequel, but we did hear that the couple plans to use wedding gift money to fund a perfectly appropriate “honeymoon” – two weeks of filming for an upcoming documentary feature film.


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