Sunday 17 December 2017

Couple wed at Klingon convention

Jossie Sockertopp, right, and Sonnie Gustavsson married during a Klingon ceremony - the first of its kind in the UK
Jossie Sockertopp, right, and Sonnie Gustavsson married during a Klingon ceremony - the first of its kind in the UK

A bride and groom have boldly gone where no couple have gone before.

Josefin Sockertopp, 23, and Sonnie Gustavsson, 29, tied the knot at the UK's first Klingon wedding.

The pair travelled from Sweden to take part in the bizarre ceremony at the first official Star Trek convention to be held in Britain for over a decade.

The Klingons are a warrior race from the popular American science fiction series.

The happy couple got married at a ceremony at London's ExCel Centre in full Klingon costume to the sound of a drum.

They exchanged vows, swearing to unite against all their opponents, before Peter Whyllie, who conducted the wedding, concluded proceedings with a cry of "yIn, batIh, Qapla!", which translates as life, honour, success.

Mr Gustavsson said: "I've been a fan of Star Trek since I was little. The Klingons are strong characters and they bond together. The ceremony was really fun."

His bride said she was persuaded to have a Klingon wedding and did not regret it.

"I hadn't seen Star Trek until I met him. He introduced me to it and it was really good. The ceremony was his idea. I thought about it a lot and then I said 'let's do it'.

"It's a once in a life time thing," she said.

Press Association

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