Bill Nye the Science Guy is officially off the market.
America’s favorite TV scientist quietly tied the knot with journalist Liza Mundy late last month. The pair wed in the Castle Building’s Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Naturally, the newlyweds first met because of their mutual love of learning and history. Mundy is a former Washington Post reporter and a New York Times best-selling author. In her book Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, she tells the story of Nye’s mother Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye who was a cryptanalyst recruited out of college by the Navy to help crack codes used by the Japanese and Germans. When Nye learned of the book, he wrote Mundy an email and they immediately hit it off.
For the ceremony, the couple chose Robert Picardo, who played The Doctor on Star Trek, as their officiant and wrote their own vows, which a source told People were “equal parts moving and comical.” Nye wore cufflinks that belonged to his father, featuring a small blue stone in the center, while Mundy wore a traditional white satin sleeveless gown with a mermaid hem and jeweled belt that she completed with a vibrant orange and yellow bouquet. For the after party, the bride changed into a pair of glitter-embellished sneakers before joining her husband for their first dance as newlyweds to Sam Cooke’s rendition of “What a Wonderful World.” The happy couple were also toasted at the reception by Mundy’s daughter, Anna, as well as Nye’s brother, Darby, and his friend of over 50 years, Brian.
The whole romantic affair was documented by longtime White House photographer Pete Souza who shared a handful of intimate shots from the evening on his Instagram, joking in the caption, “Yes it’s true, I’m now officially a wedding photographer.”