August 01, 2011

Couple Says 'I Do' As Computer Officiates


There have been many wedding ceremonies that have reached the outer limits as far as being the most bizarre. From skydiving couples, to underwater nuptials to couples getting married in a massively multiplayer online role playing game, people are still finding more interesting ways to say “I do.” In the tech world, the latest deals with one man, one woman and a computer monitor.

Having met on Sweet on Geeks, a dating site for the more intellectually enthused, Miguel Hanson and Diana Wesley decided on a virtual minister to officiate their big day.  

According to the AP, Houston, the Houston-based couple got married on Saturday by the aforementioned computer that Hanson personally programmed for the occasion. Instead of just writing his own vows, he wrote the actual officiant.

“I was like, you know I’m going to write my own minister,” Hanson reportedly said after he and his then-fiancé couldn’t get a friend to minister at their wedding, the AP reported.

It's probably the geekiest love story you've heard since a robot administered a wedding in Japan.

“That’s kind of our thing…In fact, my maid of honor, she’s making my cake and she’s making it with Nerds (candy) as the topping and not icing. That’s kind of the theme, the geeked out wedding,” the AP quoted Wesley.

Hanson reportedly called his programmed minister “Reverend Bit”. While not a registered officiant with the state of Texas, the couple were married by Reverend Bit at Hanson’s parents’ house in Houston. The nuptials will be confirmed official by a justice of the peace.

At the relevant moment, Reverend Bit was programmed to say, “ If anyone here has anything to say that might change their minds or has any objections, they do not want to hear it and I will not recognize your objections since Miguel has programmed me to only recognize his commands.”

While Hanson and Wesley’s wedding is certainly more unique, it’s certainly not the weirdest on file. In Germany, a 39 year-old man had his dream wedding and married his cat. While it was not a legally binding agreement, Uwe Mitzscherlich paid an actress to act as an officiant and perform the wedding ceremony between he and his beloved furball.

Cecilia the cat wore a beautiful white dress for the occasion and Mr. Mizcherlich donned a very gentlemanly top hat.

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Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell