June 28, 2010

In Case You Missed It: Twi-Hards Gather at Nordstrom to meet Alex Meraz

Deacon was on hand last weekend at Nordstrom Montgomery Mall to capture the madness as Twilight fans enjoyed the rare chance for a meet and greet with one of the film’s stars.  

AlexMeraz plays Paul, a hot-tempered member of the wolfpack who is best known for phasing (shape shifting) in front of Bella Swan, nearly attacking her in New Moon.   Meraz signed autographs and snapped photos for the doting fans for just over an hour before heading on to his next stop on the whirlwind promotional tour for Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight Saga.

Meraz, in town for a mere two days, spent his trip to the District in a frenzy of Twilight-mania.  Saturday night Meraz appeared at a screening of New Moon on the National Harbor, greeting fans who came out to watch the second of the films, before his appearance on Sunday at the Montgomery Nordstrom, when he took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to Deacon intern Hailey.

Twi-hard fans have often made some strange requests to the film’s stars, and Ali, a 16-year old girl who slept in her car to receive passes to meet Meraz, was no exception.  Ali had only one request for the wolf pack member- she wanted him to sign the orange her mother made her take with her for a snack while camping out for the passes, which once autographed, she planned to place inside a glass collectors baseball case.
Nordstrom’s BP department sponsored the event that allowed 200 Twilight fans from the area the opportunity to take photos with Meraz and receive his autograph.  The 200 lucky VIP passes were given out with a minimum BP purchase.

One lucky fan, Bella, short for Isabella, (at left), came across her pass by accident.  Bella was shopping in BP with her mother when a salesgirl informed her of the event, and Bella knew she had to have passes to meet her favorite character.  Accident or not, Bella was still the first in line the morning of the event, getting to the Nordstrom’s at 5 am for the 11 am event.  Bella proudly displayed a Team Jacob shirt emblazoned with Alex down the side, a touch she added herself the night before the event.

While in line, the 200 fans were able to sample the Luna Twilight makeup line created especially for Eclipse, shop the Eclipse clothing collection created exclusively for Nordstrom BP, and to customize their clothing purchases at a "personalization station" while watched by lifesize cardboard recreations of Edward Cullen, Jacob Black and Bella Swan. 

(The overwhelming majority of the young fans in line found themselves supporting Team Jacob when asked, but their mothers all proudly corrected their daughters, proclaiming themselves to be on Team Edward.  Deacon agrees with the mother's assessment ... the barely legal Lautner is a bit of a stretch for even the most skilled cougar.)

Nordstrom BP also offered fans a chance to purchase passes for a special advance screening the day before Eclipse opens Wednesday, June 30 at 12:01 am in the United States.

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