On Monday, a Turkish couple made it official by tweeting 'I Do,' in what's believed to be the world's first Twitter-hosted wedding. Actually they wrote 'Evet'—the Turkish word for 'Yes'—on their iPads, and added a few extra 'T's' as is customary when expressing joy through digital mediums.
The groom, Cengizhan Celik, is a social media editor for the news website Ensonhaber.com, so it almost makes sense that Twitter would serve as his best man. The bride, Candan Canik, doesn't seem to share the same enthusiasm for the service, considering her vow was her first tweet. But love is all about making sacrifices, right?
Keep reading to find out more about this social-media marriage.
In a video of the ceremony, posted on YouTube, an officiant prompts the couple to confirm their vows and they both gaze into the faces of their respective iPads. By that point, Celik was already deep into live-tweeting the ceremony. Earlier, he'd kicked it off by posting the update: "Let the fun begin." It was an open invitation for the world to virtually crash the party. And crash they did. The wedding received international coverage and Celik retweeted copious congratulations with abandon.
After they made it official and signed a marriage license with pen and paper (wah-wah), the groom tweeted a photo with his new bride, exhibiting the precise amount of web-friendly sarcasm as he held a finger-gun to his head and made a 'what have I done?' expression.
That photo joined the carousel of images on Celik's personal Twitter gallery, also home to photos of Jeff Daniels and Webster.
It's not the first wedding ceremony to rely on technological innovations. Skype and laptops have been integrated into ceremonies when one-half of a couple is separated by an ocean. Servicemen stationed oversees have been patched in virtually to make their marriages official when they're far from home. One couple live-streamed their vows for guests who couldn't catch a flight to their Dubai wedding in the aftermath of Iceland's volcanic eruption.
More recently, a groom-to-be tracked his proposal process on Twitter, and celebrities like Kelsey Grammer and Ashton Kutcher have used the social networking site to release public statements about their divorces.
Celik's decision to live-tweet his romantic milestone was simple. He told a Turkish newspaper he wanted "a little surprise." The bar was already set pretty high with singing brides and zombie wedding photos. But, Celik may have bumped it up a notch. If nothing else, he captured a moment most newlyweds say flies by in an instant. Too bad so much of it was spent looking at an iPad.
— Piper Weiss
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