On a November night in 2016, Bianca Hernandez attended Star Wars evening on the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In a room the place costumed individuals dueled with lightsabers, she met Frank Knight, who was staffing a desk whereas his good friend took a rest room break.
“There’s this thing in fandom where dudes test your knowledge about Star Wars,” stated Ms. Hernandez. “It’s really gross and toxic.”
There was none of that with Mr. Knight. Rather, she discovered him charming and candy.
Their interplay was temporary, however within the days following, Ms. Hernandez realized she couldn’t cease fascinated by him. In a Facebook group dedicated to Bay Area lightsaber lovers, she discovered him simply — in a Jedi costume.
Mr. Knight didn’t acknowledge her. And, he couldn’t imagine that such a ravishing lady was messaging him.
Why? “I’m a chubby, neck-bearded nerd,” stated Mr. Knight.
Mr. Knight was flying to his hometown Eugene, Ore., early the subsequent morning for Christmas. The two messaged one another regularly whereas he was away, till they met in early January 2017.
Their first dates consisted of assembly at a restaurant, after which determining what to do subsequent in order to delay the time they have been collectively.
Ms. Hernandez, 32, a advertising and marketing marketing consultant, graduated from California State University, Chico after which received a grasp’s in movie on the University of Southern California. She can also be a self-described nerd, taking part in a number of subcultures along with Star Wars, together with Jane Austen, Steampunk and Harry Potter. Mr. Knight, 36, is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and is a digital video editor for starwars.com. While his passions are extra singularly targeted, because of Ms. Hernandez, he now has a favourite Jane Austen novel (“Northanger Abbey”).
In April 2017, Mr. Knight was to attend a Star Wars conference in Orlando, Fla., for work. Ms. Hernandez joined him. From then on, they discovered a strategy to see one another, each day.
Though she had lengthy been afraid of dedication, Ms. Hernandez stated she felt anxious at first, asking herself “are we in that crazy kind of relationship I’ve always wanted to avoid where you lose yourself?” Yet she realized she had by no means felt extra grounded.
Mr. Knight stated he noticed his dad and mom, who do every little thing collectively, as position fashions.
“While there are so many adventures we’ve had together, we just like being near each other,” he stated. “It’s fun to just be in the same room and read together.”
When, in May 2019, Mr. Knight was invited to preview Galaxy’s Edge, the brand new Star Wars-themed space at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., earlier than it opened to the general public, he knew that was the right place to suggest. He did so on planet Batuu by presenting Ms. Hernandez with a hoop in a hollowed-out first version copy of a Star Wars-themed romance novel, “The Courtship of Princess Leia.”
In early 2020, as they debated whether or not to have a Star Wars-themed wedding ceremony, the pandemic began. Instead of a celebration with a hoped-for visitor listing of 75-100, they married Jan. four of their eating room in San Francisco, which Ms. Hernandez embellished like a chapel. Fallon Lim, a senior authorized processing clerk on the metropolis and county of San Francisco, officiated remotely.
The bride and groom modified their surname to Hernandez-Knight. Ms. Hernandez wore an altered $20 classic gown, including a Princess Leia belt to it, for the ceremony.
“She motivates me to be better,” stated Mr. Knight, who used their 3-D printer to make a lightsaber deal with for his bride’s bouquet.