Couples float into zero-gravity nupitals

The wedding party was attended in blue jump suits.
New York City couple Erin Finnegan and Noah Fulmor floated into matrimony on Saturday, thousands of feet (metres) above the Gulf of Mexico in what organisers said was the world’s first weightless wedding held in zero gravity conditions.

The couple exchanged wedding vows and rings with some difficulty and fumbled their kiss flying weightless inside the padded fuselage of a specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft G-Force One, operated by Zero Gravity Corp, a company offering weightless flight experiences. “It was more weird than I expected... I’ve been to a lot of boring weddings so I wanted to do something different,” said Finnegan who wore a “space fashion” white pantsuit whose trouser bottoms fluffed out during the weightless moments.

Wires kept her hairdo from unraveling. To recreate weightless experience without going into the space, the plane executed parabolic flight maneuvers, climbing sharply and descending several times during the one-hour flight.

Floating zone

Inside the 90-foot-long (27-metre) padded “floating zone,” the ceremony was accomplished with a lot of bumping and fumbling as the bride and groom, guests and witnesses alike tried to coordinate their movements in a microgravity environment.
Officiating at the ceremony was Richard Garriott, a second- generation US space traveller and ZERO-G co-founder who is also a registered notary.

Fulmor, whose tuxedo tails were specially stiffened so they would not float out of control, admitted having trouble lining up his lips for the all-important wedding kiss.
“The physics of the first kiss were off. I could feel where I was going, I knew where I needed to be, but it was hard to reconcile the differences,” he told reporters.
“Noah knocked into my nose and I thought it would bleed,” Finnegan said.
“I’ve waited my whole life for this... What I remember most was the feeling of weightlessness, both physically and emotionally,” Fulmor said.


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