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He Ate the Whole Thing!

Paul and I met up with the local Twitter contingency this weekend for the monthly Mobile, AL Tweetup (#mobilealtweetup). Aside from the usual suspects, we had a couple of people who hadn’t been able to make one in awhile, so we were thrilled to get to see them again(yes Alli and Hope, I mean you!). The restaurant we went to was pretty tiny, so even though there wasn’t a lot of us, we kind of took over the place.

The Hungry Owl turned out to have some pretty amazing food, I can’t believe I’d never been there before! I had the asian style tuna, and Paul had the Ultimate Tony Burger, which turned out to be the most massive burger I’ve ever seen. Seriously, this thing puts 5 Guys to shame! I don’t remember what all was on it, but I know there was sausage, 2 hamburger patties, and a fried egg involved. I had a bite, and I’m convinced the fried egg is the best thing to ever happen to a burger since..well, anything. Ever. The biggest surprise was that not only did Paul eat the whole thing, he said he could have quite easily downed a 2nd one. I don’t call him the human garbage disposal for nothing!

The Wedding The Internet Talked About

When Paul and I got engaged, he popped the question at a Tweetup. Surrounded by geeks with camera phones, we got incredibly lucky that one of them happened to record it for us.

When it came time to plan the wedding, continuing the Twitter theme seemed like the most normal thing in the world to us, and there was no question that the event would have to be livestreamed.

On June 19th 2010 at 4pm we gathered together our family and Twitter friends for ceremony, the likes of which NO ONE had ever seen before. (Transcript below the video, thanks Paul for the formatting!)

Officiant: Good afternoon. Sara and Paul would like to thank everyone for joining them here on this beautiful day to share in their celebration and welcome you no matter where you come from, whether you’re here with us in Bienville Square, or joining us online.

Connections between people are a powerful thing, and the connections that people forge via the Internet can be the spark that creates lasting and wonderful real-life relationships. Most of you here know each other because of the Internet, and there can be no greater testament to those connections than the occasion we are here to witness today- the joining of two people who have weathered two years of trial and distance in order to be together. Two people who have literally changed their worlds, and could not have done it without the support of their friends, and the wonders of modern technology.

Some would call them insane, others might call them crazy. (Some have called them far worse, and if I wasn’t getting paid for this, I probably would too…) Whatever you call it, their stubborn natures, along with the internet, have been the force behind their pulling off this Lifehack of epic proportions.

Paul would you take Sara’s hand and repeat after me…

I Paul take you Sara to be my wife,
My lover and my best friend always.
To love you, to follow you,
To stumble and to retweet,
To share, support and encourage
Even when your ego rivals my own.
To fix your computers and maintain your blog
Until such time as my hard drive permanently gives up the ghost.
I promise to always be faithful to you
And help you achieve your goals
And that which makes you happy in life
And to make your dreams my own.
I promise to share my gadgets and hosting
In the same way I share my body and heart
And to be beside you online and off,
To infinty and beyond.

Sara, would you repeat after me…

I Sara take you Paul to be my husband,
My lover, and my best friend always.
To follow you, friend you,
And always comment on your blog posts, even when I don’t agree with them.
To pretend to listen when you rant,
To wear lingerie when you· ask,
And to not complain when you play Call of Duty with your friends.
I promise to put nothing else before you,
And to always ensure you are at the top of my contacts.
I promise to love you, to be faithful to you,
And to be your muse and your partner in all things, online and off,
To infinity and beyond.

Paul, take Sara’s ring and place it on her finger and repeat after me:

Just as this circle is without end,
My love for you is never-ending.
With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.

Sara, take Paul’s ring and place it on his finger and repeat after me:

Just as this circle is without end,
My love for you is never-ending.
With this ring, I take you to be my partner for life.

(Handfasting)

Officiant: Know now that since your lives have crossed, you have formed ties between each other. The promises you make today and the ties that are bound here will cross the years and will greatly strengthen your union. With full awareness, know that you declare your intent to be handfasted before your friends and family. Do you still seek to enter this ceremony?

Sara & Paul: We do.

Officiant: I bid you look into each others eyes.

Will you share yourselves freely and generously with each other, making time to be together?

Sara & Paul: We will.

Officiant: The first binding is thus made with dark blue, symbolic of Water, that your love may flow and fill you to your depths.

(The dark blue cord is draped over the couple’s hands.)

Will you each seek to ease the other’s pain and suffering, sharing laughter and joy?

Sara & Paul: We will.

Officiant: The second binding is thus made with green, symbolic of Earth, that your love may be wise and nurturing, and your happiness abundant.

(The green cord is draped over the couple’s hands.)

Will you strive to keep your romance alive through daily actions and words of encouragement?

Sara & Paul: We will.

Officiant: “The third binding is thus made with red, symbolic of Fire, that your love may be bright and passionate.

(The red cord is draped over the couple’s hands.)

Will you both help each other to grow in spirit and wisdom?

Sara & Paul: We will.

Officiant: The fourth binding is thus made with light blue, symbolic of Air, that your love may be as limitless as the sky, and filled with spirit.

(The light blue cord is draped over the couple’s hands. All four cords are tied together.)

You are now bound together, your two lives joined by love and trust into one life.

The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords, but rather by your vows. For as always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union.

In as much as you have sealed your vows in the presence of those gathered here and online, by the giving of rings and have consented together to live in marriage, it gives me much pleasure to pronounce that you are now Husband and Wife.

You sir have just signed your life away, you may now kiss your bride.

(Special thanks to E. J. Campfield of NonReligiousWeddings.com who presided over the ceremony.)

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