Light sabers, cosplay and wedding bells? It’s an odd combination, but that’s Comic-Con. Anything can happen.
In the heart of the Gaslamp, American Gods star Orlando Jones has taken on a new role as an ordained minister at Syfy’s pop-up Geek Love Chapel. Jones, who was the mastermind behind marrying Comic-Con goers, explained that his idea sprouted from being “fan-centric” and wanting to celebrate fandom.
“For me, this is about a community,” Jones said. “Every time I’ve been here throughout my career has been to sell a show… But if you marry somebody, it’s a lifelong memory. It’s something that you’ve been a part of that’s so far beyond a movie or television show.”
On the debut of Syfy’s Geek Love Chapel during day 1 of Comic-Con, Jones officiated two weddings and four vow renewals, including the vow renewal of Sharknado star Ian Ziering and his wife Erin. While each couple and ceremony differed, they all had one thing in common: a love for Comic-Con.
For Detroit couple Jill and David Lira who renewed their vows, this year celebrates their 10-year wedding anniversary and third time attending the Con.
“Comics, especially Star Wars, are what made us bond,” Jill Lira said. “We met at work because I heard him talking about the Star Wars Holiday Special, and I knew we were meant to be.”
In Jedi style, the couple walked down the aisle to the Star Wars theme song played by the Syfy band.
Syfy Geek Love Chapel
When: Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with ceremonies from 3-6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with ceremonies during the same time period.
Where: 5th Avenue between J and K streets
As the weekend continues, many other couples will join the Liras in wedding celebrations. Jones will continue to officiate ceremonies, which are open to the public, through Sunday. Fans can also find Jones singing karaoke, playing trivia on a trolley or participating in many of the activities Syfy is hosting throughout downtown.
While Jones will have a busy weekend, he said he is grateful for the opportunity Syfy and the fans have given him.
“The nerd-side of me is over the moon this weekend,” he said. “The opportunity to be a part of someone’s life will last forever, and I feel so honored that I get to play this role.”