The unity candle has become a popular way for couples to honor the joining of their two families. Recent renditions have varied on the trend: unity sand, unity paintings, etc. But nerdy couples can take it a step further with a unity volcano.
“We loved the thought of taking what is known as a Junior High science fair project and turning it into a symbol of love and co-mingling,” says Kaci Beeler, who opted for a unity volcano for her vintage wedding at the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas.
Beeler and her groom, Roy Janik, donned lab goggles for the occasion and their officiant read a special passage written to accompany the ceremonial explosion. “But with their union today, symbolized here by their adding vinegar to a solution of baking soda, their lives erupt into a grand adventure, filled with love and companionship,” he said.
If you want a permanent reminder of your wedding-day vows, then look no further than these wedding bands. The rings, designed by Japanese artist Sakurako Shimizu, bear the waveforms of each partner's voice saying, "I do."
“I have been working on the idea of materializing data and making jewelry about it since 2006,” Shimizu says. “Human expressions such as yawn, sneeze, or giggle were used for earlier pieces.”
The rings are available in recycled silver, platinum, and white, yellow, and red gold. Any phrase can be used to create a ring, according to Shimizu — something to keep in mind for future anniversaries.
If a marriage license seems too superficial, how about making it a permanent union with quantum entanglement? Developed by artist Jonathon Keats, quantum entanglement marriage is as “non-denominational and nonpartisan as the laws of physics.”
“Quantum entanglement is also far more romantic than conventional marriage,” Keats says. “The nature of entangled particles is that they behave as if they were one and the same. Any change to one instantaneously and identically changes those entangled with it even if they're a universe apart.”
According to Keats, a ceremony goes like this: The couple stands below the entanglement apparatus, which is placed beneath a sunny window. A system of adjustable prisms divides the sunlight passing through a nonlinear crystal, such that half of the light shines on each individual. They'll stand for several minutes allowing countless entangled photons to bombard their skin, gently entangling their flesh.
“People can never know empirically whether they've been entangled,” Keats says. “Crucially, they'll have to take their entanglement on faith, as any attempt to measure a quantum system will disturb it.”
If you’ve ever dreamed of floating through space while gazing breathlessly down at the rotating Earth, a weightless wedding by ZERO-G may be a first step toward realizing your dream. Though you can’t shoot your entire wedding party to the moon, you can float your way down the aisle and say your “I dos” with your feet off the ground.
The experience takes place aboard a specially modified Boeing 727. Weightlessness is achieved by aerobatic maneuvers known as parabolas, according to the company’s website. Pilots pull the plane up and then dive down, creating a period of weightlessness that lasts a little less than a minute. (Don't worry, they repeat this lots of times.)
And if weightlessness is your wedding theme, why not round it out with some astronaut ice cream and a little David Bowie for good measure.
If you’ve yet to find the non-traditional, unique dress of your dreams, look no further than this glowing gown from artist Federico Sangalli.
Made with fabric by Dreamlux, Sangalli’s creation is the perfect combination of geeky and gorgeous. “The fabric used is silk organza with optic fiber inside that creates a light effect glowing gently,” according to the designer. “Using an invisible LED and a very small hidden battery you can switch on and switch off those creations.”
But you won’t find this dress hanging on the rack at your average bridal store. Sangalli’s "Light My Night Collection" will be sold online beginning at the end of September.
Newly engaged mathematicians can create a transcendental union by making it official on March 14, 2015, better known as Pi Day. Next year is the only time when month, day and year all align with the infamous 3.1415926. This lucky date also happens to fall on a Saturday, and is sure to score you infinite years of happiness. And, if you want to be really accurate, you can exchange vows at 9:26 pm.
For their pi-themed wedding, William Nichols and Dianne Harris (both self-proclaimed math nerds) served pizza pies and a sweet pie buffet, in lieu of cake. “I love puns and baking so the pi/pie homophone just fits naturally into the rest of our nerdiness,” says Harris, a software tester.
“We wanted Pi Day, but the next actual Pi Day that is a Saturday isn't until 2015. So, we got married on April 13 — 4.13, or pi backwards,” adds Nichols, director of Tau Over Pi. “With a crowd full of mathematicians and economists, everybody got the joke.”
The traditional wedding cake topper often resembles a bride and groom, but what if the tiny figurines adorning the cake bore an uncanny resemblance to the actual newlyweds? California-based company Twindom accomplishes just that with their 3-D-printed photorealistic cake toppers.
Using a special depth-sensing camera and a rotating platform, Twindom is able to record a person’s physical form from every angle, according to Director of Marketing Rose Guthrie.
“One day we got our hands on an Xbox Kinect, and decided we wanted to try scanning someone and printing the resulting 3-D model,” she says. “People went nuts over the result, so we decided to keep at it and explore this very unique niche.”
Book your 3-D photo session at one of the company’s three studios in San Mateo or Berkeley, California, or in Houston, Texas.
3-D movies are all the rage right now, so why not capture your big day in the same fashion? With 3DWeddingMovie you can immortalize the cake cutting, bouquet toss and Uncle Stan’s dance moves for years to come in a format that’s bound to become the norm.
“By using special state-of-the-art cameras that use dual synchronized lenses, and two individual image sensors to produce a separate stream of video for the viewers' left and right eyes, they capture your wedding in the same way your eyes do,” says Creative Director Igor Dmitry.
And, if you’re not a fan of the 3-D glasses, Dmitry says 3DWeddingMovie can provide a handheld autostereoscopic personal video player. This tablet-like device allows personal viewing of 3-D content without any glasses by using a clever optical trick to create depth.
Tech-savvy brides and grooms can make signing the guestbook a breeze with this personalized wedding QR code. Etsy artist Sherry Liu creates a colorful custom code that guests can scan in order to gain instant access to your online guestbook.
“Intrigued by the QR Code technology, one day (after seeing too many seemingly identical ‘black square dots’ popping up everywhere in town) I wondered if QR codes could be made visually unique and artistic,” Liu says.
Hang your heart on the wall post-wedding for instant access to your friend’s and family’s well-wishes and late-night ramblings.
Not satisfied with DIY sciencey decor? Then take the wedding to the next level by tying the knot at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago, where you can say your vows with Sue the T. rex as your witness.
One of the largest natural history museums in the world, the Field offers built-in entertainment for your guests, who will have endless exhibits to explore throughout the evening, from Ancient Egypt to DNA to the Tsavo Lions.
And though there probably won't be much time for the happy couple to take in the exhibitions, you’ll have a ready-made tradition: celebrating your anniversaries for years to come with museum visits.
These days, wedding photographers are going to great lengths to get the perfect shot. Some are even taking to the skies. Equipped with cameras, and operated from the ground by human pilots, wedding drones are the newest addition to the guest list.
Buzzing high in the sky, these mechanical photogs capture stunning aerial shots of the wedding-day festivities. Drones are even able to capture videos, allowing you to experience your big day from new heights.