Pictures from the Wedding Ceremony and Reception


Stuart Rachels and Heather Elliott got married on October 24, 2009, in the Georgia Tech Alumni House in Atlanta, Georgia.



My wife (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Many eyes on Jason Yust: music theorist, Missourian, and impromptu limerist. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Heather Elliott, Betsy Craig, and Stuart Rachels. I might've been reacting to Dave Gertler's story of how, when I was 12, I taunted him for not taking a draw offer and then going on to lose. I laugh now, but I felt bad at the time. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


I was more competitive when I was younger. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Melissa Torgusen, my favorite student. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


As I said my vows, I felt as though time was passing very slowly. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Mary Sue Ray and Nancy Harper (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Delighted parents of the bride. Luanne and Randy built their own house in Beaufort, South Carolina. "Why pay someone else when you can do it yourself?" (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Tammy and Isaiah Harper. Also pictured are Lori Pasley, Ryan Pasley, Patti Grayson, and selected portions of Randy Grayson, Dennis Poplin, Kevin O'Neill, and Jason Yust. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Heather Williams, looking beautiful depsite the webmaster's inability to eliminate red eye. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Hearing our friends' tributes ruled. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


If a person can be judged by her friends, then Heather would fare better than anyone but her own friends. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Rick Clelland has an encyclopedic knowledge of elephant jokes. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Heather Williams, James Hanley, Amy Richmond, and Stephan Friedrich (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


Athena Aktipis will revolutionize how we think about the Prisoner's Dilemma. (Photographer: Ben Herman) high res version


The spread (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


The bride in the dress her mother made (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Heather takes great pictures because she has a great smile. (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


A great picture of Carol Rachels (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


In action: David Rachels, Susan Hollingshead, Brent Inman, Angie Rachels, Gus Rachels, Betsy Craig, Aaron Rachels (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Jennifer Nisenoff and Daniel Hollingshead: teammates but never partners. (Photographer: I don't know; perhaps you should ask Jennifer or Daniel) high res version


The groom's beaming bridge partners. (Photographer: NN) high res version


Sid and Carol Elliott, feeling a little blurry from the wine. (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Sid and Randy Elliott, brothers of long standing, Donna Sasso, and my aunt Cindy is back there too (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Scott England and Kelly Cannon are talking; Grace Lee and Caryn Roseman are smiling. Kelly, by the way, was pregnant. (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Heather Mechler and Elena Lawrence (In the background, Chris Brown tries to steady himself on a chair.) (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Robin Brand and Neda Ulaby. Robin has endured a lot of ugliness from the bigots who oppose gay marriage. (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Carol Rachels and Jennifer Nisenoff, two uncommonly kind souls. (Photographer: nobody knows) high res version


Stuart Rachels and Jennifer Nisenoff, two human beings who loves their cats. (Photographer: nobody cares) high res version


Rob Elliott, Bill Thomas, and Jeannie Thomas. When Heather was unsure what to do with her life, Bill urged her to apply to law school. (Photographer: Jennifer Nisenoff) high res version


Randy Elliott. I forget what song he was singing. (Photographer: Donna Sasso) high res version


Luanne Elliott. Something was making a lot of people laugh; I wish I knew what it was. (Photographer: Donna Sasso) high res version


My brother's boys, Gus and Aaron, and my mother Carol. I'm glad that Gus and Aaron are old enough to remember my dad. (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version


Carol Rachels and David Rachels. Carol's boys got married more than twenty years apart. (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version


Angie Rachels and Aaron Rachels. (Gus is standing almost imperceptibly between them.) The Supreme Court has ruled that the look on Aaron's face is grounds for holding him for seventy-two hours, without charge. (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version


Delaware State Chess Champion David Gertler. As a student DJ at Swarthmore, Dave used to play Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" in order to force listeners to phone in requests. ("Score!" we'd cry, when we'd just make the subway.) (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version


Torin's view of the vows (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version


One of the great joys at a wedding is watching one's close friends, from different parts of one's life, interact. When I met Daniel Markovits in 1991, he was trying to convince a large group of American scholars to go to a particular restaurant in London because, he said, he knew the chef. I did not think I would like him. When I met Chase Wrenn at a philosophy conference in 2000, we talked intensely for ten minutes about some matter of minutia, which did not particularly interest me. I did not think I would talk to him again. (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version


Stuart Rachels and Alex Sherzer, displaying the smile that won over jurors. (Photographer: Torin Alter) high res version