Call it an accidentally white wedding: A couple's nuptials at Burning Man, Nevada's experimental art festival, were left covered in dust and joy.
Married at Burning Man: A wild wedding in a dust storm
Morgan Rubenacker and Mason Needham hit it off at the annual gathering at Black Rock Desert in 2014, when a rainstorm led them both to seek shelter in the same abandoned car. And three years later, on Aug. 29, the Reno couple tied the knot in post-apocalyptic fashion.
“It’s full circle," said Rubenacker, 29, a yoga instructor and trainer. "Burning Man is a huge part of our lives, and to complete our story out there was an obvious choice."
Cell phones don't really work in the desert, Rubenacker said, so a wedding at Burning Man requires coordination. The couple made a Facebook event ahead of time stating that attendees would gather at the Man, the festival's giant wooden effigy, after 5 p.m.
That's around when the winds picked up. Soon, dust swirled into white-out conditions
"You couldn't see two inches in front of your face," Rubenacker said. "In those conditions you need to take shelter, but we were out there trying to get married.”
The bride and the groom, a 39-year-old arborist, wore elaborate headdresses. Friends and family stood around them.
When the winds settled, everyone opened their eyes. They were all covered white in dust.
"Dust is a great unifier," Rubenacker said. "If you can weather that storm, you can weather anything."
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