Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, played host at the wedding held Saturday, June 20. The lucky couple, New York-based Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan, said their “I Dos” while flipping and floating mid-air over Florida as they made history as the first bride and groom to be married in zero gravity!
The wedding officiant was Richard Garriott, the sixth private explorer in history to go to space and the first second-generation U.S. astronaut. “I am honored to be taking part in Erin and Noah’s wedding. I know firsthand the added thrill microgravity will play in their already joyous event,” said Garriott. “The excitement from these ‘first ever microgravity nuptials’ will not soon fade in the minds of all the members of the wedding party.”
The event took place in G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G’s specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft which departed from the Titusville Airport near Orlando, Florida.
During the weightless ceremony, Fulmor and Finnegan along with their entire wedding party, flew and flipped as Garriott united the two as man and wife. Over the span of nearly eight minutes, the vows and rings were exchanged in a microgravity environment.
Fulmor and Finnegan have been together since 2002, but even before they met, they shared a dream of space travel. As children, both wanted to be astronauts: Erin attended space camp in Michigan, while Noah volunteered at his local planetarium. “When we started talking about marriage, Noah joked that we should have our wedding ‘in space,’” Erin said. “Although most girls would take this to mean Noah didn’t want to get married, I knew he was sincere, and that this was a serious request.”
When experiencing zero gravity, Fulmor, Finnegan and their guests enjoyed 10-times more hang-time than the world’s best basketball player. It’s not simulated; ZERO-G replicates the same levels of weightlessness enjoyed on Mars (1/3-gravity), the moon (1/6-gravity), and zero gravity.
The couple plan to re-broadcast the ceremony on their Web site. And there’s no doubt that they’ll have wedding photos unlike anyone else’s!
ZERO-G will be traveling around the country, hosting its exclusive weightless flight experience in the following cities:
· July 11 – San Jose, CA
· July 18 – Las Vegas, NV
· September 19 – Las Vegas, NV
· October 3 – Washington D.C.
Photo courtesy ZERO-G