Deirdre Saoirse Moen

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Deirdre and Rick's Wedding

07 August 2000

So! What’s all this Wedding Stuff?

Well, Rick and Deirdre have been fawning at each other for some time now. We wanted to hold the ceremony at teatime simply because we could then give the invitations in a more unix-flavored manner, but it will instead be at 2pm (1400).

Nuptial FAQ

This should answer almost all of your questions about the ceremony and the party. If you have any questions that are not answered here, about the ceremony, party or anything else, please direct them to the happy couple.

  1. What shall be the Day of Espousal?

    The ceremony shall be held on the 22nd of September, the year 2000. Yes, Friday.

  2. So, how did it happen??

    Rick proposed in Esperanto on the crackmonkey email list. Deirdre, being rather odd, replied in Irish Gaelic, which has no words for “yes” or “no.”

  3. Hey, you guys aren’t exactly religious; who’s officiating?

    Duncan MacKinnon, ordained by the Universal Life Church, has officiated at more than one wedding. He is a former coworker. He has recently broken his arm so we hope he’ll be feeling well enough to carry on.

  4. What are the bride and groom wearing?

    These things are still somewhat in flux, but the groom will be wearing a velvet cape in navy and forest green and the bride will be wearing a hand-knitted sweater in ivory.

  5. So, what of the rings?

    The bride will wear Rick’s father’s wedding ring. Rick is having a matching ring made.

    Deirdre’s mother’s ring was used in her prior wedding.

  6. Hey, why is the bride wearing white??

    Last time she wore teal. He died. Teal was a mistake.

  7. Is this going to be a traditional wedding?


  8. What about that capitalist gift-giving tradition?

    Rick and Deirdre have all they require and thus would prefer that any gifts be family heirlooms from their families. For other gifts, we prefer you give to any of the following charities: a) the Free Software Foundation; b) Habitat for Humanity; c) any local group actually working to improve adult literacy.

  9. Where shall be the location of the Nuptials?

    The location shall be the Pulgas Water Temple. In case of rain, dress appropriately (it would seem very lightweight to cancel on account of rain at a water temple).


    For the map fiends, here is a local map. (Edited to add: it’s not a local map any more. Here, have a water temple photo.) It’s lovely.

    Pulgas Water Temple

    From the North or Route 92:

    Head south on 280, exiting onto Edgewood Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Proceed to the end of the road and turn right onto Cañada Road. Go approximately 1 mile to the Pulgas Water Temple. Park in the parking lot on your left.

    If you are coming via 101, we recommend that you cross to 280 via Route 92 or an equivalent route.

    From the South:

    Head north on 280, exiting onto Edgewood Road. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Proceed to the end of the road and turn right onto Cañada Road. Go approximately 1 mile to the Pulgas Water Temple. Park in the parking lot.

  10. What will be Deirdre’s name?

    By agreement, and partially because people have so much trouble spelling and pronouncing Saoirse, Deirdre will become Deirdre Saoirse Moen. At the urging of Richard Stallman, who liked that Saoirse means “freedom,” any kids will also carry the name Saoirse. As it is a girl’s name in Ireland, a daughter may get it as a first name.

  11. Are we invited to the ceremony? The party??

    The wedding itself is going to be reserved for family and friends. If you’re a family member or a friend, please consider yourself invited. Afterward, there will be a no-host gathering, probably around 3 p.m. at Brothers Delicatessen in Burlingame. After that, people will probably migrate over to the couple’s home.

  12. What should we wear?

    Please wear your favorite clothes (but please wear clothes). Note that it is likely to be warm, but it could also be quite cool.

Format wrested from Meg Wells’s wedding page.

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