In Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's magical tribute to young love, its 12-year-old heroes Suzy and Sam (Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) get "married" in a lakeside cabin by a scout leader (Jason Schwartzman). "Can we loan them the nickels?" asks one of the troupes who wants to donate a jar of coins gathered from the other campers. "I'm worried about their future."
It's no wonder that this tale -- described by The New Yorker’s Richard Brody as a “tenderly romantic, warmly funny, story of young love” -- has struck a chord with many real-life lovebirds. Search “Moonrise Kingdom wedding” on Pinterest and you’ll see what we mean: tented ceremonies, camp-themed receptions, 1960s vintage attire, and lots of s’more-flavored desserts.
In honor of the film’s fifth anniversary, and Focus Features' 15th, here are seven ideas for an Anderson-inspired celebration -- binoculars not included.
1) Mismatched chairs for guests
2) A beer canoe to serve up cold ones
Even if you're not near a shore, this seaworthy beverage holder will start your voyage off right. Photo by Samm Blake, via sammblakeweddings.com
3) A Scoutmaster officiant
4) S'mores for all
No traditional tiered cake will do for die-hard Anderson fans. Guests at this San Diego affair got to fire up their own marshmallows. Photos by Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let's Frolic Together.
5) Berets for the bridesmaids
Suzy's vintage style inspires more than dresses. The bridesmaids at this New Mexico wedding also added colorful caps. Photo by Loren & Chris Photography via lorenxchris.com
6) Camp signs to point the way
Keep guests on the right path, as these custom-made signs did at this "Royal Explorers Society" wedding inside the Deschutes National Forest. Photo by Phil Chester.
7) A hidden tent for the new bride and groom
To escape from the watchful eyes of family, even if just for a few moments. Bring along a photographer like Phil Chester to capture the moment.
And, don't forget to revisit Moonrise Kingdom