The IRC Wedding
The afternoon of November 1st 1996 saw the Register Office wedding, but the evening of the same day saw the historic on-line blessing and wedding of the cyber-couple.
The ceremonies were held at Taunton Cyber; a cyber cafe in the heart of Taunton, Somerset, England. Guests at the cyber cafe included friends and family of the bride and groom, but the main congregation were the people around the world who were present via their Internet connections.
At 8.00pm GMT, the couple's marriage was due to be blessed over the Internet on Internet Relay Chat by the Rev. Peter Murphy, from his parish in Lyndhurst in the New Forest, England. This ceremony was delayed by local technical problems (a broken telecom cable), and although it didn't actually occur until 10.45pm, the service was worth waiting for.
Then, at 11.15pm GMT, the couple were married on-line by the Rev. Mike Bugal, who conducted the service from his computer in Seattle, Washington, USA. This service went smoothly, and was followed by messages of congratulations from around the world by the people who'd waited patiently on-line for the early technical problems to be sorted out.
Here, you can read the story in more detail in Lisa's account of The Big Day, see pictures taken at the cyber cafe, view the actual logs of the cermonies, or just view the words of the vows that were shared.
The event captured the imaginations of local TV and press, and there are reproductions of the newspaper articles that appeared on the days following.
In addition, Andy and Lisa used the Internet to keep potential cyber guests informed as to how the plans for the cyber-cermonies were going through a series of e-mail newsletters.
All in all, it was an historic and special day, and we hope you enjoy taking a look in greater detail.
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