A futuristic start to a Sheffield bride’s blossoming marriage

Dr Candice Majewski and Bret Hughes
Dr Candice Majewski and Bret Hughes
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A futuristic Sheffield bride has got married with what is thought to be the world’s first 3D printed wedding bouquet.

Dr Candice Majewski, a lecturer at the University of Sheffield, is mad about this developing technology and has researched it for more than 15 years.

The 36-year-old technophile’s beautiful and intricate bunch of nine white roses was designed by her best friend Dr Guy Bingham and took him a staggering 40 hours to create.

Dr Bingham, a senior lecturer in product and industrial design, even incorporated movement into the bouquet to emulate a real spray of flowers.

It then took 18 hours to print the delicate, nylon plastic flowers, which were carefully packaged and flown to the US for the wedding.

Candice, who lectures in mechanical engineering, married her American sweetheart, 28-year-old Bret Hughes at the Butterfly House of Indianapolis Zoo.

She said: “We only had a small ceremony, with my husband’s immediate family, but it was a lovely day and the flowers went down well.

“It is lovely because I now have something that will last forever, that I can even pass down to any children and grandchildren.

“It would be interesting to see how advanced they seem to our grandchildren in the future.”

Candice, a self-confessed ‘geek’, met her future husband two years ago playing an online virtual reality game called Evony.

She wore a simple red dress to contrast with the white flowers, which could have been coloured after printing if she had wanted.

She said: “I love 3D printing, I love the versatility of it.

“How it can be used for something as trivial or frivolous as a vase or a cup but then as important as advances in medicine, in creating prosthetics or implants.”

A 3D bouquet would cost around £150 to print – twice the price of a real floral bunch the same size, but unlike a traditional bouquet it is everlasting.

A 3D printer works by taking a 3D computer image, slicing it into layers, and building these shapes one layer at a time. These layers are added together to form a solid object.