|James McDonald and Kate Olaso, who are both Star Trek fans, kiss after being married Saturday at the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station. (QMI Agency)
Vulcan — It was only logical for Star Trek fans James McDonald and Kate Olaso to get married here.
After all, McDonald, a 41-year-old Calgary resident has been a Star Trek fan since he was a boy and has made his 36-year-old wife a fan, too.
"It was really fun," Olaso said of the Star Trek themed wedding, which a small number of family and friends attended.
A friend had suggested holding the wedding in Vulcan, Alta. and that seemed to make sense to the couple.
McDonald - who named their fish Tiberius, after Star Trek captain James Tiberius Kirk - has been to the last six annual Star Trek conventions held in Vulcan.
"When we started dating he brought me here to a convention," said Olaso, who has now been to two Star Trek conventions.
The couple also come to Vulcan when actor Leonard Nimoy, famous for his role as the character Spock in the original TV series and subsequent movies, visited in April.
During Saturday's ceremony, McDonald wore a red and black uniform similar to the ones used in the movies featuring the stars of the original TV series, and Olaso wore a red Star Trek outfit, complete with veil. They stood in front of a Star Trek bridge.
McDonald admitted he was nervous, and the groom's stress level rose when the commissioner of oaths didn't show up.
But disaster was averted when local officials who attended the ceremony on behalf of the town started phoning local clergy, and priest Larry Vibert arrived shortly after being informed of the situation.
The couple now has a much larger ceremony to look forward to. They are tying the knot again on Jan. 29, in the Philippines, where Olaso's family lives. They are expecting 300 guests for that wedding.
Catherine Pooley, Vulcan's tourism co-ordinator, was thrilled that Vulcan could be a part of the couple's momentous day.
"This wedding is all about sharing a love both for each other and for Star Trek - the two things just fit naturally here at the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Station," said Pooley, who attended the ceremony. "To other Star Trek fans thinking of tying the knot in a themed ceremony we have one word for you - engage!"
This isn't the first wedding to grace the spaceship-styled Trek Station. On Aug. 1, 2004, Pam and Ron Smith said "I do" in a Klingon ceremony.