That’s *Mrs.* geekgirl to you…

by Stephanie Chasteen on October 4, 2011

Sorry for the long delay — I was getting married and having a honeymoon, which takes a bit of time and energy <grin>.  While I’m busy finding the time to write a more substantive post, I thought I’d share a few pictures from the day.  Why?  Because it’s my blog!  Nyah.

If you’re really wanting the full experience, here is a short video of photos from the day that’s pretty fun, thanks to my cousin Steve (Steve Jackle photography in North Carolina).

We did it in a victorian-era old west theme — with my favorite colors; black and purple.

From Lindy Rand

Copyright Steve Jackle


My former boss, Paul Doherty of the Exploratorium, read from Richard Feynman (and the night before he fed us dessert with the help of liquid nitrogen!).  See below for the whole reading.  He officiated the wedding, too, pronouncing us a new covalently-bonded compound (Stephaterranonium).

Copyright Steve Jackle

It was in a cool old inn (Gold Hill Inn), full of gold-rush era memorabilia.

Copyright Steve Jackle

We hired a bluegrass jam-band made of a bunch of folks from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  They made the day!

Copyright Steve Jackle

Walking off into the golden afternoon…

Copyright Steve Jackle


The reading from Feynman that kick-started the ceremony:

Feynman lectures on physics vol 1 chapter 3 page 10

The Universe in a Glass of Wine

A poet once said, “The whole universe is in a glass of wine.” We will probably never know in what sense he said that, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look in glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe.

There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflections in the glass, and our imagination adds the atoms. The glass is a distillation of the earth’s rocks, and in its composition we see the secrets of the universe’s age, and the evolution of the stars. What strange array of chemicals are in the wine? How did they come to be? There are the ferments, the enzymes, the substrates, and the products. There in wine is found the great generalization: all life is fermentation. Nobody can discover the chemistry of wine without discovering the cause of much disease. How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it!

If in our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts – physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on – remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let us give one more final pleasure: drink it and forget it all!


Jason Buell October 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Everything about your ceremony looked wonderful (especially you). Congrats and enjoy your time together.

Frank Noschese October 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Absolutely amazing! Congratulations!

Matt October 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Awesome! Congratulations!

AmoebaMike October 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Big congrats!!!

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