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Marriage: The Final Frontier For One Couple
A couple have boldly gone where no other have gone before by tying the knot in what is being touted as 'Britain's first Klingon wedding'.
Jossie Sockertopp, 23, and Sonnie Gustavsson, 29, travelled from their native Sweden to marry at a Star Trek convention being held in London this weekend.
The pair, who met four years ago, were inspired to hold the ceremony after watching an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in which Klingon character Worf marries science officer Jadzia Dax in a traditional Klingon ceremony.
"We saw the clip from the series where the Klingons get married 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," Ms Sockertopp said.
The bride eschewed the traditional white dress for a floor-length red robe with a diamante headdress, matching her husband-to-be.
Prosthetic foreheads with deep wrinkles and stringy black manes completed the look.
Three bangs of a gong ushered the bride and groom to an altar adorned with decorative screens and a throne made from animal bone and hide.
The celebrant, Peter Wyllie, conducted the wedding ceremony and included some phrases in Klingon, the gutteral-sounding language spoken by the Star Trek characters.
"We spent a bit of time with a couple of guys who were professional Klingons and they checked it through with me but after that it was just hope really," Mr Wyllie said, adding that it sounded similar to the Welsh language.
It was the second wedding in two days for the couple, who had a legal ceremony at a registry office in Sweden on Thursday.
Both weddings had been kept a secret from their families until a few days before the newlyweds jetted to London.
The newlyweds will spend their honeymoon at the convention, which sees all five captains from the Star Trek TV series appear on stage together for the first time.