Nerdy nuptials

I'm eager to share a 3D animation that I recently finished, but I have to wait for it to be published. In the meantime, I am happy to share a wedding invitation that I designed for a friend and her intended, both of whom are scientists (some details have been removed to maintain their anonymity). It includes an X-ray crystal structure and a condensation reaction.

Here is how marriage is like a condensation reaction:

1. It doesn't always work.

2. There is a loss of (degrees of) freedom.

3. It can involve dehydration (primarily among the wedding attendees if there is an open bar).

4. It requires energy.

but more importantly, 

5. It can form a nice strong bond, and

6. The product can be much, much greater than the sum of its parts. 


In my experience, thermodynamics notwithstanding, I've found it to be quite favorable.