When two mathematicians wed, what else would you expect at their wedding? Math equation table numbers of course and serving Pi.
Planning this wedding was a unique experience as our bride Courtney was focused on completing her Ph. D while her fiance Elliot was finishing his education in Israel. So our goal was to make the planning process fun and as stress-free as possible. But no matter everything that was on her plate, Courtney had her vision and that included making all of her centerpieces, which were paper flowers that truly looked like real blossoms. In addition, along with her mom and a few friends they folded 1,000 black and white paper cranes to honor her Japanese heritage. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. We hung the cranes behind the bride and groom's table at the reception, which was a great accent to the beautiful tent at Port Gamble.
One of the most touching moments of the day was during the couple's ceremony at the beautiful St. Paul's church. Elliot's father read 1 Corinthians, but what made it that more sentimental was that his wife, Elliot's mother passed away shortly before the wedding. Even though she wasn't physically there, her spirit was very much alive that day as guests took turns wearing her blue hat, the very one that she was planning to wear for the wedding.
We want to wish the best of the luck to our couple as Courtney finishes up her Ph. D program at the University of Washington so she can join Elliot at Ohio State University where he currently serves as an associate professor of mathematics.
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