Wedding Reception


Costumers: Jeff Allen, Madeline Anderson, Diana Patraw, Tatiana Allen, Leonard Patraw, Erich Schwab, James Douthitt, Jeffery Knotz, Jordan West, Doug Smith, Jeremy Horn, Mike Giralico, Kris Heding, Matthew Bastyr, and Amber Rae.

On March 31st, we were invited to attend a wedding reception. We don’t get asked to do this very often, and it was my first time attending a wedding reception in costume. The bride wanted to surprise her husband, so we had to be super sneaky when we arrived.

During the wedding party’s first dance, the Dark Side stormed in to the Imperial March and Darth Vader “confronted” the groom. The look of utter surprise on his face was priceless! Then, the Light Side came in, and Leia told Vader to leave the couple alone – they just got married!

The couple were so incredibly kind and they were really fun to work with. We had a blast at the reception! A few characters busted a move on the dance floor, and a few joined the newlyweds in some photos.

The Darth Vader ice sculpture was definitely awesome.

Costumers: Doug Smith and Kris Heding.

Photobooth props are fun! Costumers: Mike Giralico and Kris Heding. Photo on the right was taken by Tatiana Allen.

General Hux doesn’t know what to do when it comes to dancing. Costumers: Kris Heding and Jordan West. Photo on the left was taken by Tatiana Allen, photo on the right was taken by Madeline Anderson.


Minefaire 2018

We were invited to have an information table at Minefaire on March 17th and 18th. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and surprisingly there were a lot of people who stopped by our table to talk about the various Star Wars fan and costuming clubs. By the end of the day on Sunday, we were pretty much cleared out of the trading cards and brochures we brought along. I’d say it was a successful event!


Just pretend we’re in the same movie. Costumers: Madeline Anderson and Kris Heding.


Force Fighting. Costumers: Madeline Anderson and Kris Heding.


Preparing for battle! Costumers: Kris Heding and Madeline Anderson.


We were going for a “Last Jedi” throne room fight scene, but I’m not sure if we nailed it or failed it. Costumers: Kris Heding and Madeline Anderson.


Joining forces, for a little bit, I guess. Costumers: Madeline Anderson and Kris Heding.

MarsCon 2018

On March 2nd and 3rd, I attended MarsCon! It was a good time and I got to spend a lot of time with some friends.


I dug out my Scarlet Witch costume for the first time in a very long time! It was really fun to wear it again, and when I posted this photo to Facebook, a lot of people didn’t recognize me. Guess it’s kind of weird to see me with long hair.


Wigs make all the difference, I guess!

I stopped by the photobooth and had some nice shots taken of my costume by Scott Saniti:

Later in the evening, Lindsey took some nifty photos, playing around with my “hex magic”:


On Saturday, I was part of two panels. The first one was “Cleavage Optional: Gender, Cosplay, and Genderbending Cosplay” and my fellow panelists were Justin Grays and Bridget Landry.


The first half of the panel went really well, and then an audience member asked a question about why genderbent cosplay is okay, but wearing makeup to change your ethnicity is not okay? In case anyone is wondering, this is what I look like when I’m trying not to channel Kylo Ren and flip a table over:


[screaming internally] – Thanks to Marie Porter for the photo.

Justin responded with tact and grace, and we moved on from that subject. Thankfully. Good lord. (You can listen to the audio of the panel here.)

Later in the evening, I was part of the “Star Wars: The Costumes” panel with Todd Murray, Jennifer McNitt, and Eve Zabronsky. That one went well, even though the majority of the audience were friends of ours.

The rest of Saturday was a bunch of shenanigans where Matt and I took “Father and Son” photos as Han and Kylo, and then Lindsey took some awesome photos of my Kylo costume. See below the cut for a dump of silly and awesome photos!

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Star Wars Day @ Science Museum of MN

Each year, the Science Museum of Minnesota holds a Star Wars Day, and it’s always a huge hit with families! The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion make appearances, and since I’m not yet a member of the 501st Legion, I volunteered as a handler. Specifically, I was a handler for Chewbacca, my fellow costumer Paul’s newest costume. It was definitely a learning experience for both of us, but it was really fun! I have never seen kids get so excited over a costume. It was like walking around with a celebrity.

If I get 501st approval this year, then next year I get to be part of the troop for this event!


Entire group, including non-costumed volunteers.


501st Legion and Rebel Legion.


501st Legion.


Rebel Legion.


I’m usually the Hux to his Kylo, but on Star Wars Day I was keeping Paul from accidentally trampling little ones and getting knocked over by over-excited people.

Kara-O-Con 3

After the Costumers for a Cause Launch Party, I switched costumes and headed to Grumpy’s for Kara-O-Con 3. I had a fantastic time hanging out with friends and singing karaoke to Radiohead’s “Creep.”


I killed my dad. Whoops. Photo by Kira Pontiff.

Rosemary Catherine Bell

Photo by Rosemary Catherine Bell. Photobomb by Phil, Matt, and Paul (or Gilligan, Skipper, and Riker).


Ack! Photo by Lindsey Rae. Costumers: Kris Heding and Phil Glover.


My reaction when asked to “make a Kylo Ren face.” Seems apt? Photo by Lindsey Rae.

Costumers for a Cause Launch Party

Costumers for a Cause is a non-profit group that includes several costuming groups from the Twin Cities area: The Minnesota Force, Minnesota Superheroes United, and The Royal Sisterhood. We’ve been doing events for over a year as part of CFAC, but with a brand new website (designed by yours truly), we wanted to get word out about our organization and have an official launch party. It was a huge success, and everyone had a wonderful time!


Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Jordan West.


Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Jordan West.


Pretty, pretty princesses. Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Jordan West.


Sassy! Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Jordan West.


Snoke’s Angels? Photo by Alex Hall. Costumers: Paul Haga, Kris Heding, and Jordan West.


The entire Minnesota Force crew! Photo by Supreme Images Photography. Costumers: Phil Glover, Nick Hickman, Blane Pierson, Paul Haga, Michael Tangen, John Whitt, Rick Rietow, James Douthitt, Erich Ludwig, Melissa Sowers, Erich Schwab, Jordan West, Alex Hall, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, Madeline Anderson, Katherine Hickman, Pari Elizabeth, and Trevor Bailey.

FOX 9 News Promo

On February 11th, I appeared with other members of Costumers for a Cause on FOX 9 News to promote the Costumers for a Cause Launch Party on Saturday, February 17th. It was my first time on television, and it was really fun! I didn’t have to speak, which is good. I also debuted my Kylo Ren costume, which was cool.

Here is the video of our promo:

This shot made me crack up when I watched it. I look so depressed!


And here are a bunch of photos! These were taken by Kelly Rietow.


During the broadcast with news anchor Leah Beno! Costumers: James Konicki, Erich Schwab, Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Rick Rietow, and Jonathan Palmer.


Another shot during the broadcast. Costumers: James Konicki, Erich Schwab, Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Rick Rietow, Jonathan Palmer, and Isabella Taylor.

Green Screen fun!


With news anchor Leah Beno and meteorologist Cody Matz. Costumers: Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Isabella Taylor, Erich Schwab, James Konicki, Jonathan Palmer, and Rick Rietow.

“In other news, I still have daddy issues.”


Uh, just forward the repair bills to the First Order. Hux will take care of it.