Newlyweds Strut Into Marriage As The 'Rock-Singers'

A wedding announcement in Sunday's New York Times caught our eye. Cara Singer and Aaron Rock got married in Tarrytown, N.Y. And they have chosen to hyphenate their names, making them the Rock-Singers. We hear from both of them about how they made that bold decision.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A wedding announcement in yesterday's New York Times caught our eye. It was pretty average - for the Times, at least.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The bride grew up in Bedford Corners, New York.

CORNISH: The groom, in Philadelphia.

BLOCK: They met in grad school, at Oxford.

CORNISH: Last night, they not only made the leap into marriage, they also took a new name - not your average hyphenation.

CARA ROCK-SINGER: Hi. I'm Cara Rock-Singer.

AARON ROCK-SINGER: And I'm Aaron Rock-Singer.

CARA, AARON ROCK-SINGER: (in unison) The Rock-Singers.

BLOCK: That's right. Cara Singer married Aaron Rock. Earlier today, we reached the Rock-Singers in a car, on their way to catch a flight to the Canadian Rockies for their honeymoon.

CORNISH: Mrs. Rock-Singer recalled when she first told her friends about her new beau.

CARA ROCK-SINGER: This new guy was tall, Jewish; and if we get married one day, we'll be the Rock-Singers. And then that was kind of a joke for, you know, two and half years. And we sort of planned that when we got married, we would just keep our names.

AARON ROCK-SINGER: And then we thought of what it would mean to have the same name. And we had a couple concerns. The first is that we're both Ph.D. students. So when we each publish books, we were concerned that no one would take us seriously.

CORNISH: Then again, they thought a professor named Rock-Singer might be a draw in a course catalog.

BLOCK: And then, there's always the question of the little Rock-Singers.

CARA ROCK-SINGER: Well, at first we thought that our nerdy kids might be made fun of. And then we were like, actually, you really can't make - this just makes me more awesome.

AARON ROCK-SINGER: You know, kids are always going to be teased for something. But I think that we can train our kids to respond pretty well, to any teasing about their last name.

CARA ROCK-SINGER: (LAUGHTER)

BLOCK: For now, the couple is giddy remembering last night's reception.

AARON ROCK-SINGER: The bandleader said, "Welcome the Rock-Singers."

CARA ROCK-SINGER: And then we walked out and had our first dance to a song by The Weepies called "Somebody Loved."

AARON ROCK-SINGER: Our lives are far too mundane to be dancing to famous rock singers.

CARA ROCK-SINGER: (LAUGHTER)

CORNISH: Something tells us the Rock-Singers' lives will be anything but mundane.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROCK 'N ROLL SINGER")

AC/DC: Gonna be a rock 'n' roll singer. Gonna be a rock 'n' roll star...

BLOCK: This is NPR.

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