A "Batman"-Inspired Wedding at Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, California

Stefania Mitrano (36 and an e-book production manager at Pearson Education) met Derek Asaff (37 and a screenwriter) met on Match.com in 2009—“when onl

Stefania Mitrano (36 and an e-book production manager at Pearson Education) met Derek Asaff (37 and a screenwriter) met on Match.com in 2009—“when online dating was still embarrassing,” Stefania says. “He found me, sent me a wink and boom—three months later we were living together.” The two celebrated their love of cinema and superheroes with a Hollywood meets sophisticated Gotham City gala on the Warner Brothers Studio lot. Aubergine was the primary event tone with hints of onyx, charcoal and pewter. After a ceremony at a lush on-set garden, butlers guided the couple’s 88 guests to the open-air reception, located amid brownstone buildings on the studio lot. “We wanted to give our guests a truly authentic Hollywood experience,” says Stefania, who has straightforward advice for other couples. “There are no rules to weddings. If you don’t want speeches, skip them. If you don’t want to toss the bouquet, don’t. Basically, don’t feel obligated to run through a wedding checklist if they aren’t your style. It’s your day; make it your own.” —Carolyn Meers

Florist R. Jack Balthazar gathered deep violet lisianthus for Stefania's bouquet, the tone of which matched Derek's plum suit.
Stefania and Derek exchanged vows under a jacaranda tree that was decorated with Gothic-inspired black chandeliers.
A string quartet played classic rock as guests took their seats in black Versailles chairs placed with violet pillows. The aisle was embellished with various damask patterned stepping-stones, which led to a jacaranda tree hung with black chandeliers.
The dramatic purple invitation suite was foil stamped in rose gold and designed with a subtle Chihuahua silhouette that also invoked the bat symbol.
A three-course dinner and wine service after the bat signal appeared on the wall and the Stefania and Derek arrived in the original 1966 Batmobile.
At the reception at Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, California, tables were set with silver vases filled with purple blossoms.
A chic, library-style black bar was set up on the Warner Brothers  studio lot in Hollywood, California, recalling Bruce Wayne's elegant mansion.
Florist R. Jack Balthazar placed white bouquets and intense purple lisianthus atop the long banquet table alongside textured mercury-glass votives and vases. Vintage silver cloches with tags attached held vintage bat masks for guests to wear throughout the night.
Florist R Jack Balthazar placed white bouquets and intense purple lisianthus atop the long banquet table alongside textured mercury-glass votives and vases.
After Stefania and Derek's ceremony at a lush on-set garden, butlers guided the couple’s 88 guests to the open-air reception, located amid brownstone buildings on the studio lot. “We wanted to give our guests a truly authentic Hollywood experience,” Stefania says.
At dinner, vintage silver cloches attached with tags invited guests to lift the dome that revealed vintage bat masks for guests.
At dinner, silver foil-stamped menus outlined fun "Batman"-themed entrees, such as the “two-face” surf-and-turf option.
After dinner guests played on purple and black pool tables and relaxed on leather sofas and wingback chairs.
Comic books were available for guests to read during the reception at Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, California.
Guests donned Batman masks at dinner, and a Bat signal was displayed on the wall at Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, California.
During cocktail hour and after dinner, guests played several games, including pool.
Stefania and Derek skipped the wedding cake. "We wanted to go with something fitting for our outdoor street vibe, so our guests indulged in street-vendor desserts." These included ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes from Sprinkles and sweet and savory pretzels and churros.
In true Hollywood fashion, Stefania's and Derek's and names were placed on the theater marquee at Warner Brothers Studio.