It is one thing to have a Doctor Who themed wedding, but to actually hold it as a scheduled event at a Doctor Who convention is going a step further.
Doctor Who fans Christopher Ross and Aeriel Fassett have been together for three years and had planned a normal small wedding until Aerial talked with Bonnie Auten, co-chair for this year's Doctor Who convention – Con Kasterborous. Bonnie suggested the couple celebrate their wedding at this year's convention at the Westin Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama.
And so they did. In addition to their family and friends, any of the convention attendees who were in costume were invited to attend. So what else happens at a Doctor Who wedding?
The first thing you notice is the Doctor Who ties worn by the groomsmen and the red high top sneakers worn by the groom – a shout-out to the tenth Doctor who wore red Converse sneakers.
Guests attending the wedding signed a world globe with sharpies rather than the standard guestbook. A large TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) time machine disguised as a British police box was located at the front of the room.
Then there is the ring bearer – remote controlled robot named Braun, a Dalek (an extraterrestrial race of cyborgs created by the scientist Davros during the final years of a thousand-year war against the Thals). Braun has been in other Doctor Who themed weddings but has usually performed as the flower girl blasting flower petals out of his arms while rolling down the isle.
The wedding party entered the room to the music "Sad Man with a Box" (Series 5, the 11th incarnation of the Doctor) and the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father to the music of "With Love,Vincent" – (tenth episode in the fifth series, 11thDoctor.
Following the vows and exchange of rings, minister Doug Traversa proclaimed "Now by the power vested in me by the high council of Gallifrey and the state of Alabama I now pronounce you husband and wife." The couple then walked down the isle to the recessional music was "I am the Doctor" – the theme for the 11th Doctor.
Photos of the wedding party and family included Ron the Dalek, 3D glasses (10thDoctor used a pair of 3D glasses when observing the effects of the Void on people and objects) and sonic screwdrivers.
A final highlight following the ceremony was being able to share a piece of wedding cake with actor Paul McGann who played the 8th incarnation of Doctor and was a special guest at the convention.