Woman Raises Money Online to Marry Cardboard Cutout of Robert Pattinson

We knew it was only a matter of time before someone tried to hump a tree from the set of Twilight or made out with a napkin that Kristen Stewart sneezed on — we just didn't understand the exact way in which the Twilight-hysteria would manifest itself. Lucky for us, it came about in maybe the least crazy way possible (given the circumstances). Turns out, artist Lauren Adkins has raised $1,235.00 on crowdfunding platform indiegogo to pay for a wedding to a cardboard cutout of Twilight's Edward Cullen. Naturally.

Take it away, Lauren:

This work focuses on the female escapist fantasy in its most popular forms-primarily finding "true love"-and the extent to which it seeps into our real lives. I've looked at this fantasy primarily through a pop cultural lens; that is I've used film & television's representations of the love story and female characters in general in an attempt to understand my own expectations of romantic love. Because of personal attachment to and experience with this fantasy or quest, which took a particularly strong hold of me when I discovered the intensely popular Twilight Saga, my thesis exhibition will touch on romantic expectation primarily through the main love interest, Edward Cullen.

OK? I can dig it — where does reality end and fanfic begin, especially when it comes to a pop culture phenomenon that pushes teens to marry first, have demon spawn later. Cool, cool.

The main performance of this art installation will be a ceremony in which Adkins will marry a paper proxy of the sexxxy vampire at Viva Las Vegas Chapel on Jan 26, 2013. Well, she'll pretend marry him, but let's just go with it. But you can put your wedding finery away, the ceremony is invite-only. However, if you can make it to Vegas day-of, the exhibition reception is open to the public. If you can't, it'll be recorded and streamed live on the internet THANK GOD.

So what will Adkins do with the $1,235.00 she raised on indiegogo? Duh, weddings are super expensive!

Costs include:

ceremony and minister fee
wedding dress
veil
bouquet
rings (his & hers)
wedding invitations
wedding tent
wedding cake
tables and chairs
dinnerware
food & drink
candles and centerpieces
flower arrangements
guest book
photographic prints and framing
adhesive vinyl lettering for exhibition title

Dang! Unfortunately, it's too late to donate but it doesn't really matter because it wouldn't get you into the event of the season, anyway. However, people who tossed in more than $35 to the bride and groom will receive a custom-made postcard from their honeymoon. Which, honestly, is enough to make me wish I could go back in time and throw my hard-earned cashola into the garbage insanity.

Best wishes, Lauren and Edward!

Love is Overtaking Me [indiegogo]