Saturday November 2, 1996
It's love at first byte
CYBER COUPLE WED AFTER WHIRLWIND
ROMANCE ON THE INTERNET
Story: Vanessa Allen - Pictures: Fran
IT was love at first byte for Internet sweethearts
Andrew Hunt and Lisa Grosso, who tied the knot yesterday after
a whirlwind romance.
They met in person just 11 weeks ago but last night they tied
the knot before a congregation of thousands of logged on well-wishers
in what is thought to be the world's first cyber wedding.
There was even a virtual usher welcoming guests as they came
on-line, and Lisa's mother logged on from America for the ceremony.
The couple met on the Net when Lisa's best friend, Lee, introduced
them on a real-time chat programme. They swiftly organised to
meet in person, no easy task as Lisa lived in Florida.
Now Lisa, aged 40, has moved to Somerset to live with her new
husband Andrew, 33, in Wellington, near Taunton, after a mammoth
seven-and-a-half-hour wedding ceremony.
Wedded bliss for Andrew and
Lisa. Inset with their cyber wedding cake.
First they were legally wed at a register
office, then their marriage was blessed on-line by Hampshire
vicar Peter Murphy, and finally they had an American-style wedding
on the Internet at the Taunton Cyber Cafe, with the help of the
Rev Mike Bugal, from Florida.
But the couple kept faith with one traditional wedding day custom
- Andrew did not see Lisa until the register office ceremony.
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