When Trekkies Wed: a Star Trek-themed ceremony, vows, and officiant dressed as Q

Updated Mar 15 2021
Photo by Mike Sanabia.

Seattle-based officiant Elaine Way was contacted by our Trekkie couple of the day (John and Becky) and asked if she would dress in full character for their ceremony. The character they had in mind was none other than Q, aka John DeLancie's omnipotent and playfully meddlesome character from Next Generation. Says Elaine:

I was contacted by Becky and John and asked if I would be their officiant. They explained that their theme was "sci-fi" and they wanted me to dress as "Q" from Star Trek the Next Generation. Natch, I said yes. I hired a professional make-up artist from MAC and transformed myself into "Q." I watched videos of Star Trek the Next Generation while having my make-up done so I could get in character. It was a blast and I would do it all over again if asked.

Since Becky and John are full-blown Trekkies, we also have the entire ceremony AND a wedding video after the jump:

Wedding Party and groom enter with harp music playing something Star Trekky
Bridal Song: Harp playing Prelude from Final Fantasy, bride entering
Stand Mortals!

We call ourselves the Q!

I welcome all to witness the marriage of these two humans, John Hohengarten and Becky Flees.

The Q continuum has become quite interested in the ridiculous tradition of marriage and I have come to officiate this primitive human ceremony.

Though it may be tedious, I ask you to refrain from leaving or falling asleep.

Reflections on the couple

In studying the institution of marriage, the Q have studied this couple — in particular — John and Becky. These two met on your primitive communication matrix you call the internet. They were bonded by their love of video games and all things geeky and nerdy, as well as their love for one another. Early on, they knew they would be spending the rest of their lives together. They serve as a prime example of What you humans call love and commitment, which is why the Q have chosen them.

Reflections on marriage

As the Q have studied the tradition of marriage, we have learned much about how humans live with one another; and frankly, I find it disturbing. So much sharing and co-dependence. Why would you agree to such a thing?

To Becky and John: Don't you realize you'll be sharing each other's space, eating the same food and breathing the same air?
Does that not… repulse you?
Becky and John: Us — no.
Well, if you are quite sure — then it is time to state your vows and sign away your freedom. If you must… please step forward and take each other's hands.

Now then, mon capitan, Does your heart beat only for this woman?
Groom: "Yes"
Officiant: And will you swear to join with her and stand with her against All who would oppose you?
Groom: "I swear, make it so"
Ma Cherie, Does your heart beat only for this man?
Bride: "Yes"
And will you swear to join with him and stand with him against All who would oppose you?
Bride: "I swear"
And don't you have something to give each other?
Which of you mortals has the rings?
If you must — you may now exchange your rings.

John : Take this ring as a token of my undying love and affection. I promise to share everything with you, which is including, but not limited to, my video games, DVDs and board games. I promise to care for you when you are sick and be by your side through any challenge.
Becky: Take this ring as a token of my undying love and affection. I promise to share everything with you, which is including, but not limited to, my video games, dvds and board games. I promise to care for you when you are sick and be by your side through any challenge.
May the odds be ever in your favor and may you live long and prosper.

Officiant: You two mortals may kiss one another (yawn)… if you wish.
You are out of order!

On behalf of the Q continuum, you are now condemned to make the best of your miserable and savage lives together as husband and wife.

Please stay for Earth delicacies known as "cheeseburgers" and "potato salad" and more.

Recessional: Princess Bride theme

And if that's not enough, you can see the entire ceremony in this video by Christopher Oh:


Officiant: Elaine Way
Photographer: Mike Sanabia
Video: Christopher Oh
Harpist: Alishia Joubert

  1. I can't believe how wonderful this is! How impossibly fun…and what a catch to find an officiant that not only was ready to adorn themselves appropriately and able to pull off a Q perspective!

    And the Harpists arrangement! So happy and upbeat!

    • Laura, I can give you about a b'zillion more reasons to move to Seattle, if you like. I am a native and I have been here almost my entire life. I can't tell you the number of people who have come to Seattle just to get married. It's pretty awesome.

      Thanks for the complement on the "Q" performance…eh, wedding

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