With this rigatoni, I thee wed: The first Pastafarian wedding

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 7:34 PM

New Zealand on Saturday hosted the world'south first Pastafarian wedding, conducted by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The group, which began in the U.

With this rigatoni, I thee wed: The first Pastafarian wedding

The wedding rings were made of pasta, the ceremony was held on a pirate boat, and when it came time for the kiss, the bride and groom slurped up either finish of a noodle until their lips met.

New Zealand on Saturday hosted the world'south first Pastafarian wedding, conducted by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The group, which began in the U. S. as a protest against religion encroaching into public schools, has gained legitimacy in New Zealand, where authorities recently decided it can officiate weddings.

Saturday'south ceremony was all about having fun. The guests came dressed as pirates and shouted plenty of hearty "Aaarrrhs." The groom, Toby Ricketts, vowed to always add salt before boiling his pasta, while bride Marianna Fenn donned a colander on her head.

The church claims that global warming is caused by pirates vanishing from the high seas, and that there is a beer volcano in heaven.

"The Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world. We know that," said marriage celebrant Karen Martyn, aka the Ministeroni. "We weren't around then and we didn't look it, but number other religion was around to look it either, and our deity is as plausible as any other."

The church has been battling to gain valid recognition around the world, with mixed success. It was formed in two thousand-fifth as a way to poke fun at efforts in KS public schools to learn not only evolution, but also "intelligent design" — the idea that the universe must've had a creator.

Church founder Bobby Henderson said in an email that he thought it was odd that most weddings still have such an entanglement between religion and government.

"It'south dreary that so many people perceive pressured to do the traditional Christian wedding even when they don't relate to much of the religion," he said. "If people can discover some happiness in having Pastafarian weddings, that'south great, and I hope number one gives them any flack about it."

Ricketts, thirty-five, a voiceover artist, and Fenn, thirty-three, a lawyer and photographer, said they've been a couple for four years but decided just three weeks ago to obtain married, after another Pastafarian couple'south plans to be first to wed fell through.

Ricketts said he found out about the church because he'south been making a documentary about why religions don't pay taxes.

Fenn said she grew up on a tiny New Zealand island where people had alternative ideas about how to lead their lives.

"I would never have agreed to a conventional marriage, but the idea of this was too excellent to pass up," Fenn said. "And it'south a wonderful opportunity to celebrate my relationship with Toby, but in a way that I felt comfortable with."

The wedding feast was an all-pasta affair, while the wedding cake was topped with an image of his noodliness, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Martyn said she hoped people could discover happiness in eating, drinking, being with friends and being kindhearted.

"That be what we're all about," she said.

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