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We Made the Guinness Book!


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One of Noah’s coworker’s kid’s pointed out while we were in Japan that our wedding made the Guinness Book of World Records 2011! We had applied to be in Guinness, but we never heard back from them, so we were totally surprised! We were in Japan when we found out, so we rushed out and found a copy of the book to give to our wedding dress designer, Eri Matsui.

Ms. Matsui hadn’t met Noah before, so we chatted in the dress shop. Noah expressed interest in meeting someone from JAXA, so they called and a representative was nice enough to come and meet us an hour later! He gave us Hello Kitty astronaut phone straps and green tea made to be brewed in space (or maybe it’s the opposite – green tea made for optimum brewing thanks to space technology).

Weight Watchers Magazine Dec 2010

I’ve been meaning to post about it for some time, but I appeared in the December issue of Weight Watchers magazine as a “Success Story”. A photo from our wedding appears in it, and I talk about the wedding as it related to my weight loss story. Basically, I lost 50 pounds using Weight Watchers over several years. Although the story is written as an essay in the first person, my interview was heavily edited. As such, the chronology of my story is exactly backwards. I also wasn’t happy that they straightened my hair!

Nevertheless, you can probably still find the magazine at Weight Watchers centers.

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Our Wedding Mentioned in Olivia Munn’s Autobiography


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A friend was reading Olivia Munn’s new autobiography Suck It, Wonder Woman! and spotted a reference to our wedding. Munn is some sort of geek queen although I admit I hadn’t heard of her before. The wedding reference is in a geek history time line, not under 2009 when it took place, but rather, under 1961, the year of Richard Garriott’s birth. Munn gives a quick bio of Garriott, ending with his officiating our wedding. She doesn’t mention my name or Noah’s. The blurb ends with a quick “All hail the geek pope!”

I’d like a scan of this page to include in my portfolio of press, if anyone happens to by this book. (The scan needs to be 300 dpi.) My friend was reading a library copy.

Olivia Munns Book

Olivia Munn's Book

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First Anniversary!


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Noah and I celebrated our first anniversary last weekend! We saw a Broadway show (Fela) and had dinner at the famous Peter Luger’s, which is like two blocks from our apartment. Fela was really something else, and the steaks at Peter Luger’s were essentially a hunk of cow. Mostly the restaurant was filled with amusing local characters with authentic Brooklyn accents.

After dinner, Noah surprised me with the traditional first anniversary gift, Paper. That is to say, The Paper:

"The Paper"

“Don’t expect this to continue,” Noah said. He doesn’t think he can keep finding anime characters to keep up with this theme.

Meanwhile, I’ve been compiling press clippings for a big photo album. I finally got around to scanning this article from a German magazine. The reporter was really nice, and interviewed us over Skype. The magazine finds the story behind the news, so we had a really long interview for the story:

Der Spiegal Article

Der Spiegal Article

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Honored at the State of the Borough Address


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On Wednesday, February 3rd, Noah and I were special guests at the State of the Borough address because of our unusual wedding. We got to sit on stage as Borough President Marty Markowitz was sworn in for his fourth term as Borough President by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Noah and I weren’t sure what to expect when we arrived at the Park Slope Armory, but once we got inside it was like parade headquarters! There were all kinds of performances before the speech, by an orchestra, a ballet troupe, a huge tabernacle choir, and some scantily clad West Indian American Day Carnival dancers. During the speech, Marty mentioned all the on stage guests, including Census workers, people who had cleaned up tenements, local fashion designers, the owner of a new German beer hall, a guy who wouldn’t give Linsay Lohan’s blackberry back, and our zero gravity wedding. Afterward everyone was treated to a bunch of free food from great Brooklyn restaurants like Juniors, Cake Man Raven, and that wine-flavored sorbet place.

We met Talisa Chang of the Greenpoint Gazette, who took our picture with Marty and wrote an article about the event.

Fun fact about the borough of Brooklyn; did you know that if it were cut off from New York City, Brooklyn would be America’s fifth largest city?

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We’re one of the Biggest Wedding Moments of 2009


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…according to theknot.com.au – that is to say, theknot.com Australia. They put us on their Biggest Wedding Moments of 2009 list.

This morning the Brian Lehrer radio show on WNYC tried to put a positive spin on the decade. Because the 2000’s are framed by 9/11 and a Great Recession with Hurricane Katrina somewhere in the middle, it seems pretty bleak. Lehrer’s call-in show featured listeners talking about what went right on a personal level, and on a world level.

The 2000’s represent not just one third of my life, but the BEST third. I met Noah in 2000, and we started dating in 2002, living together in 2003, and got engaged in 2008 and married in 2009.

Also during this decade, different cities started competing to be Spaceports. In 2001, the first ever space tourist visited the International Space Station, followed by seven more people this decade, including our officiant Richard Garriott in 2008. It’s exciting! Here’s a list of private spaceflight companies.

The Zero G Corporation started offering weightless flights to the public in 2004. My wedding dress was designed in 2006, here’s a New York Times article about it.

Lots of great stuff happened this decade!

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Bucketful of Press


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A lot of the press seems to be getting a couple things wrong – Noah’s last name “Fulmor” has no “e” in it, for example. I didn’t wear “pants under the dress,” rather, pants were part of the design. The pants are the dress. We didn’t go to Disney World for our official honeymoon, I just wanted to go to Disney World. Next year we’ll go to Antarctica for our honeymoon. One news source (in Britain) also thinks the ceremony cost just $16,000 – I have no idea where they got that number, since it was more like $60,000.

ZERO-G News Brief

Weightless Wedding Coverage
June 22, 2009

The ZERO-G Weightless Wedding has generated an unbelievable amount of TV, print, radio and online coverage throughout the country and has even reached the UK, China, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. At this point, the wedding has been covered in nearly 300 television segments and more than 200 articles and blogs.

In addition to the TV exclusive coordinated with CBS The Early Show (which ran this morning across the entire CBS network), the wedding also has been covered nationally on Fox and Friends, CBS Evening News, Associated Press TV, on national Canadian programs CBC News World Today, CTV News Canada National and Global Toronto, the national UK program Sky News – UK, and top-tier regional networks such as KTLA (Los Angeles) and WFLD FOX (Chicago), among many others. We expect additional pick-up through AP and CBS throughout the evening.

As for online coverage, the story was featured on the front page of Yahoo! News, The New York Daily News, USA Today, The Today Show, ABC News and was featured as MSNBC’s top space story. Photos of the flight were feature on The New York Post’s “Day in Photos” and on The Insider.

TV HIGHLIGHTS
CBS The Early Show
AP Broadcast

Fox National – Fox & Friends
CBS Evening News
KTLA Los Angeles
Sky News – UK
Fox Seattle

ABC Jacksonville
Fox Chicago
Fox Tampa Bay
Global Toronto
CBC News World Today
CTV News Canada National
WHAM Rochester, New York

RADIO HIGHLIGHTS
WTOP DC Radio
WINS-AM NY Radio

TELEVISION COVERAGE

ABC Affiliates

WTAE (Pittsburgh, PA), KTVX (Salt Lake City, UT), KRHD (Waco, TX), KXXV (Temple-Bryan, TX), KEZI (Eugene, OR), WZZM (Grand Rapids, MI), WVEC (Norfolk, VA), WMAR (Baltimore, MD)

FOX Affiliates

KOKI (Tulsa, OK), WACH (Columbia, SC), WTGS (Savannah, GA), WDAF (Kansas City, MO)

CBS Affiliates

KRQE (Albuquerque, NM)

Other National/ International

WSBS (Miami, FL), New England Cable News (Boston, MA), NewsNet-TV (Canada)

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More video from the news!


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CNN Video - right click to download
CNN Video – right click to download

CBC Video - right click to download
CBC Video – right click to download

If these links don’t work let me know, and I’ll fix it.

I forgot to mention Lambs Eat Ivy Salon in the CBS interview, but it was really, really short and weird and at 7:15 AM on Monday. I’ll do a whole post about the hair salon later.

I was also supposed to give a shout out to the 057 club, who were instrumental in decorating the bouquet. When I get higher resolution video and photos, hopefully you’ll be able to see the crystals attached on monofilament strings. The bouquet was put together by Jennifer Nicolosi at A Downtown Florist and Wedding Shop.

We have a long, long list of thank you notes to write. There are a lot of people without whom this ceremony would not have been possible!

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The CBS Video!


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(I think you have to sit through a commercial first.)

We’ve also started a Twitter topic, #SPACEWEDDING.

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CBS time now earlier


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CBS has pushed up our interview to between 7 and 8 AM.

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Press Day R-r-r-r-round Up!


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We were awakened this morning around 5:00am by the simultaneous ringing of our phones! It was news people calling us up because this had just hit the stands:

So in love they could float away… which appeared on p. 7 of the NY Daily News, featuring pictures taken at last night’s event!

Later in the day arrived this highly inaccurate article: Couple plan to wed in space from that bastion of credible journalism, the Sun.

A cavalcade of others followed, once the story *really* hit the wires:

Daily Telegraph
Cape Times
Space Daily
UPI
Ad nauseum…

Today’s favorite headline:

Hipster Nerds to have Zero-Gravity Wedding

Someone sure has our number…

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