The first “space wedding” took place in 1998 when U.S. citizen Ekaterina Dmitrieva and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko tied the knot. The wedding was celebrated via satellite video link, while the bride and groom were on board the International Space Station. To mark the occasion, Dmitrieva wore a bow tie. However, the effects of the wedding were felt years later. Nevertheless, this was still an exciting moment for the couple.
The ceremony took place on a video-conference monitor in Houston. During the transmission, the ceremony was categorized as a private family conference. The bride and groom met on a virtual reality headset and exchanged vows. The wedding reception was held on a live Earth-based computer network. The bride and groom were dressed in traditional wedding dresses and the bride and groom were married by proxy. During the live-streamed ceremony, Yuri Malenchenko wore a flight suit and a classic bridal gown from the best wedding salon in Houston. They marched into the wedding hall while David Bowie’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ played on the video conference monitor. The bride put on her ring and blew a kiss to her husband who stood 402 kilometers away.
As part of the wedding ceremony, Yuri Malenchenko wore a formal flight suit and posed for a life-size cardboard cutout of herself. A portable keyboard was played by Ed Lu, the best man, as Yuri married his U.S. wife from Houston. The two said their vows to each other in front of an audience of relatives and friends in Houston. After the ceremony, Yuri Malenchenko performed a proxy marriage ceremony while Yuri performed the actual marriage.
Yuri Malenchenko and Ekaterina Malenchenko were married on July 17, 2007. The marriage took place despite the fact that the cosmonaut’s contract did not allow them to marry in space. The two then got married in a remote city. They later had a daughter, Camilla. The marriage was forbidden under Soviet rules, but the Russian Aerospace Agency was happy to budge and gave the blessing. The couple were later able to hold their wedding.
The couple had to plan the wedding in a space station. The cosmonauts were not allowed to take any time off during the mission to plan their wedding. Luckily, they got married despite the tight schedule. But Russian officials tried to halt the marriage in Houston. The officials of the Russian Aerospace Agency said that other cosmonauts would not be able to marry foreigners. Although the marriage is allowed, the cosmonauts should be careful before deciding to do so.
The cosmonauts’ wedding was not the first space wedding. It is the first time a Russian has married a foreigner in space. A space wedding is a unique event that celebrates the union of two people. Unlike traditional weddings, this one is a special occasion for both parties. The couple’s marriage is a milestone in their lives and will be remembered for a lifetime. A traditional cosmonaut wedding would be a lifelong dream.