People get married all the time, but it’s a rarity to see a fully-fledged traditional Klingon wedding ceremony. This was one of the events at this past weekend’s “Destination Star Trek London” at the ExCel Centre in London, England. It was reportedly the first Klingon wedding ceremony in the UK.
Reuters.com reports that 23-year-old Jossie Sockertopp and 29-year-old Sonnie Gustavsson, a Swedish couple, came to London to share their love for each other with their fellow Star Trek fans. They met at their workplace retirement home four years ago and have a passion for Star Trek and for each other.
The couple had the idea to have a traditional Klingon wedding ceremony after they watched the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “You Are Cordially Invited,” where Worf (Michael Dorn) and science officer Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) got married. “We saw the clip from the series…and we thought it was very romantic about beating hearts and a battle for each other. We really liked it, that’s why we want to do this,” Sockertopp said.
The ceremony was officiated by celebrant Peter Wyllie, who conducted their vows in the Klingon language. Wyllie had to spell each word phonetically so he’d know how to pronounce the strange language. The celebrant later remarked that the alien language was pretty similar to Welsh.
The couple also dressed completely in traditional Klingon wedding dress, complete with matching diamante headdress, as well as “prosthetic foreheads with deep wrinkles and stringy black manes.” The ceremony started with three bangs from a gong as the young couple walked down the aisle to an altar dressed with decorative screens and a throne made from animal bone and hide.
The couple will spend their honeymoon in London for the Star Trek convention. Destination Star Trek London also featured the world record-breaking Star Trek cosplay event, where over 1,000 Trekkies gathered to break the record for the most people dressed as Star Trek characters in one place. Check out the video below to watch their traditional Klingon wedding ceremony: