All set for marriage a` la modem
*Lisa and Andrew get ready for their
big day, scheduled for November 1.
The world awaits Andrew and Lisa's Internet
THE invitations are out and the countdown
has begun to what must surely be one of the most unusual weddings
of the year.
On November 1 Andrew Hunt from Wellington and his American sweetheart,
Lisa Grosso, will make their vows on the worldwide computer link,
The Wellington Weekly News was the first to report on their whirlwind
romance which started in May, when Lisa (codename Starr) and
Andrew (Cloud9) first met on the computer link.
Since then they have been inundated by press enquiries both here
and in America and been interviewed on radio and television -
but they've taken it all in their stride.
Television presenter nick Owen could be giving
the bride away via his computer. Lisa and Andrew, who live at
Millstream Gardens in Wellington, appeared on his Westcountry
TV show, 2245, which went out last Friday.
After the recording, when Lisa mentioned that she was still looking
for someone to give her away, he said he was celebrating his
birthday on November 1 and perhaps he could do the honours on
The legal ceremony will take place at Taunton Register Office,
attended by close family and friends. But the main occasion will
be the reception and "virtual" ceremonies at Taunton
Cyber Cafe in North Street where press (including the WWN) and
TV people are likely to outnumber the guests.
Fingers on keyboards, the couple will log on to the Internet
for a Church of England blessing by the Rev. Peter Murphy, who
will be at his computer station in Lyndhurst, Hampshire.
This will be followed by a second ceremony later that night when
the link-up is made with the Rev. Mike Bugal from the Universal
Life Church in Seattle, Washington. This ceremony again is a
legal one and Lisa says the Rev. Bugal will be faxing a copy
of the marriage certificate for them to sign.
Meanwhile, fellow internetters worldwide will be logging in to
follow the ceremonies on their computer screens.
In between the ceremonies the guests will be able to sit in front
of computer screens and explore the World Wide Web themselves.
But the wedding preparations have not been without their problems.
Lisa was beginning to despair of finding someone willing to make
the special cake she had designed - until she contacted Janet's
Hobby in Wellington. They contacted Milverton's cake queen, Doreen
Orton, who said there should be no problem in creating the computer
confectionery, complete with images of the bride and groom.
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