Now this couple gets it – how to be themselves and bring their personalities into their wedding ceremony. Some might say nerdy or geeky or sci-fi or some version of comicon, but they just say it’s being true to who they are as individuals and as a couple…laid-back, fun, and a great wedding celebration filled with love, laughter, and goofiness.
One of the first things they told their Officiant, No Ordinary Ordained, was they wanted to write their own vows, had two particular readings they wanted to include, they also added in a Unity Salt ceremony, and a 20-sided die to make the decision of who would say their vows first.
The venue hosting this fabulous affair? Glen Garden Weddings in Hartwood, VA. Glen Garden is a beautiful, quaint venue located just outside of Fredericksburg that provides the perfect natural backdrop for your wedding. Shout out to Lynn Prescott Photography for capturing all the awesomeness in photographs.
One of the readings they included was, “Scientific Romance Redux” by Tim Pratt. They broke it up into sections and alternated reading it…. If starship travel from our Earth to some far star and back again at velocities approaching the speed of light made you younger than me due to the relativistic effects of time dilation, I’d show up on your doorstep hoping you’d developed a thing for older men, and I’d ask you to show me everything you learned to pass the time out there in the endless void of night. If we were the sole survivors of a zombie apocalypse and you were bitten and transformed into a walking corpse I wouldn’t even pick up my assault shotgun, I’d just let you take a bite out of me, because I’d rather be undead forever with you than alive alone without you. If I had a time machine, I’d go back to the days of your youth to see how you became the someone I love so much today, and then I’d return to the moment we first met just so I could see my own face when I saw your face for the first time. If the alien invaders come and hover in stern judgment over our cities, trying to decide whether to invite us to the Galactic Federation of Confederated Galaxies or if instead a little genocide is called for, I think our love could be a powerful argument for the continued preservation of humanity in general, or at least, of you and me in particular. If we were captives together in an alien zoo, I’d try to make the best of it, cultivate a streak of xeno-exhibitionism, waggle my eyebrows, and make jokes about breeding in captivity. If I became lost in the multiverse, exploring infinite parallel dimensions, my only criterion for settling down somewhere would be whether or not I could find you: and once I did, I’d stay there even if it was a world ruled by giant spider-priests, or one where killer robots won the Civil War, or even a world where sandwiches were never invented, because you’d make it the best of all possible worlds anyway, and plus we could get rich off inventing sandwiches. If the Singularity comes and we upload our minds into a vast computer simulation of near-infinite complexity and perfect resolution, and become capable of experiencing any fantasy, exploring worlds bound only by our enhanced imaginations, I’d still spend at least 10 to the 21st power processing cycles a month just sitting on a virtual couch with you, watching virtual TV, eating virtual fajitas, holding virtual hands, and wishing for the real thing.” Further explained by the Groom, “As a note, 10^21 is far too little time (if the singularity happens)! I forgive Tim Pratt for his weak computer knowledge.”
So what exactly is a Unity Salt Ceremony? Well, like everything else, this couple put their own spin on it, but here’s the basic run down. “Now, to unify their lives together Jack and Jill have chosen to participate in a very special unity ceremony. Please take your positions. Today this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of salt into a third container that you may use to infuse love into your meals throughout your lives together. The two elements that compose salt are sodium and chlorine. Apart, these elements are potentially hazardous but together they create a mineral essential for life. Salt has been used for currency in ancient times and has been used to preserve food for long journeys. It is what amplifies food flavors. It is found in our blood, sweat, and tears. Just as these grains of salt can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be. And when this salt mixture runs low, as you never let it empty, you can refill the vessel with new salt, but know that you will always have some of the mixture you made today as a symbol of your ever-lasting love.