Houston couple gets married by computer

Posted by Mark Raby

A couple who found each other on an online forum have just tied the knot in a most unusual way.

Yet it was a most appropriate way for Miguel Hanson and Diana Wesley to create that lifelong memory. Instead of going to a church and having a traditional, bells-and-whistles ceremony, the two said their "I do"s in Hanson's home.

And there wasn't even a minister or justice of the peace to conduct the nuptials. Instead, Hanson, a Web developer by trade, created his own computer program to act as the wedding officiator.

Held on Saturday, the wedding involved Hanson and Wesley standing in front of a computer as a digitized voice ran through a marriage script. Well, more or less.

Here was one of the variations that only a computer minister could 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."

Hanson kept the digital minister program running on cue with the aid of a wireless mouse that he held during the ceremony. He referred to the unofficial official as Reverend Bit.

Of course, the whole process was not legally binding. They'll take care of that little detail in a quick visit to City Hall. But for all intents and purposes, it was the ceremony with Rev. Bit that the two will consider as their real wedding. A total of 30 guests were there to document the unforgettable spectacle.

Over the years we've seen some pretty crazy techie weddings, including one performed at an Apple Store, ones themed around video game characters, etc, but this one may just take the cake.