The bride, the groom, a hundred guests and a beautiful venue.
The wedding of Shari Amiran and Aaron Azhar could have looked like many others
but instead it became truly unique, celebrated and streamed online through zoom.
I love you very much its not a show. No matter what happens in the world,nothing will stop us from loving each other.
We have been planning the wedding for over a year and the wedding was scheduled for the day of our 3-year anniversary.
About two weeks before the wedding, the state of California announced that no events more than 50 people should be happening.
So thats what we decided okay we have to cancel it what this happening, we have to postpone.
And we wanted to still celebrate the day.
Organizing the online streaming of a wedding ceremony through zoom was not as easy as it may sound say the newlyweds.
Sharise was in a house dress, not a wedding gown,
the groom on top of getting married was also a DJ and emcee.
Hundreds of guests were there to witness their happy day, just as planned only through the screens of their computers.
It has a lot of fun. Honestly Im a little nervous because youre sitting there
and youre very happy but you have all these people looking at you.
In my mind I was thinking okay as long as everybody else is happy smiling
so I did a toast to every person and even though that was great. I got really drunk.
Every single person I was like oh thank you thank you thank you.
The guests from different states and a number of countries were celebrating with the couple online.
The couple exchanged rings and vows, they danced and cut the wedding cake
and in the end the bride even tried to throw the bouquet.
I stood away from the screen and I was like pretending to throw it
and then by the time I did the real version I just like ran to the screen
and I was like oh Tahleen this is for you and then when we do go back to work eventually
who knows when but when that day comes Im gonna make another bouquet and actually go give it to her in person.
The couple that also know works from home didnt insist on any dress code for their guests.
Some people who hadnt gotten dressed up for a couple weeks being at home
would use this as an opportunity to get dressed up if they wanted to, but it wasnt a requirement.
There were some people in pajamas but there were some people with full you know jewelry dresses.
The celebration despite being held online last it for three hours and it felt very real for everyone.
The next day when I started posting it on Instagram
and all my friends were posting it in their Instagram stories and I was sharing it.
Strangers started contacting me saying that it put a smile on their face and they were congratulating us.
The couple will still celebrate their wedding in a years time on the same day
but they say that despite the circumstances this virtual wedding couldnt have felt more real.
Angelina Bagdasaryan Los Angeles California Anna Rice VOA news
VOA 制作人Angelina Bagdasaryan 记者Anna Rice 加州洛杉矶报道