When nerds pledge our undying devotion, we do it with a bit more style. Two recent geek weddings brought the geek love: One with Star Wars-themed wedding bands, and one with a study of oxytocin levels among the guests.
According to Offbeat Bride, Celeste and Jason, who work on Fandomania together, decided to have a science-fiction-themed wedding. They didn't have a dress-code involving Star Trek uniforms or Stormtrooper uniforms like some couples, but the couple, who met when Jason was organizing the Joss Whedon track at a local con, did have their wedding in the dinosaur room at the Orlando Science Center, which counts for something:
And they had Han and Leia on their wedding cake, as you can see above. Plus the wedding bands were inscribed with the words "I Know." The processionals included "Many Meetings" from LOTR and "Admiral and Commander" from Battlestar Galactica, and the ceremony readings included G'Kar's "Declaration Of Principles" from Babylon 5. And the guests said "So say we all!" at one point.
Meanwhile, New Scientist writer Lisa Geddes writes about an experiment she organized at her own wedding: measuring the oxytocin levels of the bride, the groom, three close family members and eight guests. Oxytocin is known as the "cuddle chemical" for its role in bonding, trust and generosity, writes Geddes. (It also helps in childbirth, and one recent study shows that it makes you more sensitive to social cues but can also make you more prone to gloating if you win a competition.) Writes Geddes:
Last year, [neuroscience researcher Paul] Zak suggested a new role for oxytocin. The hormone rises in people watching a sad film clip; those who reported the greatest emotion experienced the biggest spike (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol 1167, p 182). What if oxytocin is the empathy chemical as well as the cuddle chemical? My wedding would be the perfect place to find out, I thought. If oxytocin really is the empathy chemical, those close to us might have a hormone surge as they witness our public pair-bonding.
The result: Oxytocin spiked right after the vows in the bride, the groom, the mother of the bride, the father of the groom, and the groom's brother. It also spiked in two of the friends. (This could be why there's the pervasive myth that it's easy to pick up bridesmaids.) Tests for other hormones, like testosterone and vasopressin, were less conclusive.