The force is with them. Married couple Cory and Carrie Shields are reliving the wedding-day bliss they experienced when they tied the knot two years ago, thanks to an instantly viral wedding photo.
The Australia-based couple got married on Oct. 7, 2012 in San Diego in a Star Wars-themed wedding that spared no detail from the classic franchise. They had R2-D2 roll down the aisle with the rings in his mechanical hand and a cake cutter welded to look like the hilt of a lightsaber, in addition to an actual lightsaber that they used in the epic photo they posted to Imgur five days ago, seen above.
Though it took them two years to share the photo, it took a nanosecond for it to go viral on the photo-sharing website and on Reddit. "There we were, sitting in our apartment in Sydney and Cory was hunched over his computer just in awe of how quickly the viewings went up," Carrie told 10News. "I think when I went to bed there were 125,000 views and when I woke up, there were almost a million."
Since it started breaking the Internet, people have created their own versions of the photo, which has obviously pleased the photographer, Mark Hillis of Unveiled Wedding Photography. The sweet taste of Internet fame has also been delightful for Carrie. "It is my favorite picture of the wedding and for me, I couldn't be happier that we're sharing it with the world," she said. "It's funny how quickly a viral picture can spread because before we knew it, people were sending us links to websites that they found our wedding photo on."
The meme-worthy image holds a special meaning for Carrie and Cory, who met in a Walt Disney World internship program in 2008 and bonded over Star Wars.
"He told me that in the extended universe, Boba Fett was actually able to escape the Sarlacc pit and continue to be the best anti-hero in Star Wars," Carrie said. "It was at that moment that I looked at him and just said 'I love you,' to which he responded 'I know' in homage to Leia and Han Solo," she continued.
"When we got engaged and started planning, we knew we had to pay respect to one of the major things that brought us together," she recalled.
If a viral wedding photo can do but one thing for a couple, it's help them remember the joy of their wedding day — and that's certainly true, according to Carrie. "Friends and family to this day tell us it was the best wedding they had ever been to."