A NEW York couple really will be on cloud nine when they marry later this month: they'll exchange vows in zero gravity above Cape Canaveral.
Noah Fulmor, 31, and Erin Finnegan, 30, will exchange vows on an aircraft at the centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, that can simulate weightlessness similar to a spaceship in orbit.
The groom will offer the floating bride a ring made of fragments from a meteorite that crashed into the Earth 30,000 years ago.
British space tourist and adventurer Richard Garriott, the son of an astronaut, will officiate at the ceremony during the 90-minute flight, which includes 15 rollercoaster-type dives, known as parabolic arcs, which last up to 30 seconds.
The specially-adapted jet plummets from 36,000 feet to 24,000 feet and then climbs back up - allowing passengers on the Boeing 727 to experience weightlessness without being in space.
Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan will be floating, possibly upside down, as they say "I do" in a specially modified Boeing 727-200 departing Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral on June 20, the Zero Gravity Corporation said. The aircraft's interior replicates levels of weightlessness found on Mars or the Moon.
HIGH spirits ... Erin Finnegan and fiance Noah Fulmor pose in front of Finnegan's wedding dress to talk about their plans to be married in zero gravity.
Miss Finnegan will wear a designer wedding dress with trousers to protect her modesty during weightlessness.
“Noah wanted to get married in space but we probably won't be able to afford it for another 25 to 50 years - so I suggested this as a compromise,” she said.
We're getting married in zero gravity.
Mr Fulmor admitted his mother thinks he is “absolutely nuts”.
“Since this is the one time in our lives that we were going to do this [get married], we thought we should make it a once-in-a-lifetime event," he said.
Their handful of guests will have to shell out £3,250 each to witness the ceremony on June 20.
The adventurous pair, who met at a science fiction club in their home city of New York nine years ago, will honeymoon in Antarctica.
The interior of the aircraft, operated by the Zero Gravity Corporation, replicates levels of weightlessness found on Mars or the Moon and has padded surfaces.
VIDEO: A FEELING OF ZERO GRAVITY
UPDATE:22 June 2009
Congratulation to Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan on your Zero Gravity Wedding on 20 June 2009