After Saturday, Annie Bakken and Lee Richards will have an additional reason to celebrate Pi Day – it’ll be their wedding anniversary.
“They both knew from the minute they got engaged that they wanted to get married on Pi Day,” said Tasha Rohlfs, personal attendant and friend of the bride.
Bakken and Richards, both of Moorhead, are not mathematicians; she works at the nonprofit Solutions and he drives for Richards Transportation.
“But we’re both kind of nerds, so the idea of getting married on Pi Day was just really awesome to us,” said Bakken, who heard a few months before their March 2014 engagement that “super Pi Day was coming.”
Plus, “Lee and I both love pie more than any other kind of dessert.”
Instead of cake, the couple will serve 40 to 50 pies at their reception, many baked by aunts and great-aunts.
“Most meaningful is that we’re going to have pies from all of our grandmothers,” Bakken said.
Pi will appear on napkins and aprons, and at 9:26 p.m., which continues the digits of pi, the bride will throw her bouquet. This irrational number has come to mean something more to Bakken.
“We have this symbol that not only means something mathematical, but is also a memory of this day and a super special day for us,” she said. “I don’t do equations, or math really if I don’t have to, but every time I see the pi symbol, I automatically think of Lee.”