What a glorious thing....a wedding...a cyber wedding....and on an Wedding IRC....can you believe it....yes....it is true.....our LeFantome (Bill) has legally married via cyberspace, his Angelique (Dee)!!! What a fine time and place to do it...on line....where they both met...it is a dream story....and it is proof that true love can exist in your heart....it goes to prove time and time again...that the spoken word can convey the real you. Well, tonight, April 28, 2001 at 9 PM, we, the invited guests, witnessed the bethroval of these utterly wonderful two human beings. Come with me....let me take you thru my mind's eye....as if you were there....... |
It would be most fitting to tell you the tale of the romance; to allow you to see what started this happening.....how it ran....and how we got to this point. I am going to let our groom, LeFantome, tell you right here: "Once upon a time (all good stories start with that) a young girl from California named Starla aka Jodi happened upon Le Fantome's website and wanted to secure an award for her site! Along the way she read Le < href="http://Fantome.tripod.com">Fantome's bio on his site. After I gave Starla my award of excellence for her site she began to talk to me about a woman whom she felt was just perfect for me from Kansas. She asked me if she could give her my email address and I agreed.
Dee and I began talking to each other via email and chatrooms after that for the next 3-4 months. I invited her down to Dallas for NEw Years and she came down. A good relationship had begun by that time also. I felt she was right for me and asked her about marriage one night on the shores of White Rock Lake in Dallas. Shortly afterward, she fell ill and had to be hospitalized for a week in Dallas. I helped nurse her back to health before sending her back to Kansas later in the month.
Six months later, I moved to Ks to be with Dee. Later, my daughter Dawn moved there to stay with Dee for the next 18 months. It appeared to not be working out. We left and went back to Texas in October of 2000. I had never been happier in my life while I was there with Dee in KS.
We continued to chat in e-mail and on instant messenger for the next few months. In Feburary, I went to help move Dawn back to Texas. It became obvious that Dee had missed me much more than we both realized and I had missed her terribly as well. There were a lot of tears. Shortly after that, she agreed to be married and move with me to Tx; that way, we would be equidistant from our kids and grandkids. We both are starting a new life and need time to ourselves....to begin this new life. Soon that life will begin....."
Ah, love. The supreme feeling of a human being's life time.....and, I suppose you think it novel...I do....that such a thing could happen. And why not? They met on-line...so why not marry on-line? A grande idea!!! I know Bill had to encourage Dee...she was hesitant at first....but, as I am about to tell you....it really did happen!!!!
We were hailed to arrive around 9PM EST, and consecutive hours as the time zones called for. Many WebTV Pals were there....laughing, crying...giving out more tissues than a tissue maker could imagine.....Dee, a nervous bride....and Bill, the nervous groom....watching as the guests all entered the IRC. Now, if you are or are not familiar with an IRC, sometimes it times you out and you have to reconnect. There was much of that going on as well. We also had some drop ins from cyberland....who were basically curious, and even offered congratulations.....it was delovely!!!! We had a hard time containing ourselves, til finally the Reverend Joezie began the ceremony. Scripture was taken from the New Testament...so beautifully chosen....and Bill's daughter, so proud, and Sandi...both offered up such lovely poetry to toast the couple.|
You might be wondering how the minister was secured. Bill explains: "Rev Joezie and his wife Shawnee have been cyber friends of ours for about 3 yrs. They first emailed my daughter Dena and then later myself. I did an article on them for Voice about a year ago. Article on the Reverend When I thought of a officiant for the ceremony I first though of Mayor (firstname.lastname@example.org) the unofficial Mayor o WebTV Land. Steve was out of town, so I talked to Rev Joezie Hickman, who is a licensed pastor in Ohio. He was delighted to do the wedding and offfers a bit of legitimacy to the ceremony also. He is sending via snail mail the certificate to us."
The vows were said one partner at a time....vows written for the new century couple...vowing to listen...to communicate...to uphold when sick...to take care of...and pledging their love and loyalty....I get tingles in my right leg just now thinking about it. As I was telling you before....we had visitors, so the ceremony was slowly, but so beautifully done.....one line typed at a time by all the involved participants. We, the guests, sat quietly and watched as Bill and Dee typed their vows to eachother....you almost could feel as if you were in church with them...the love was abundant.
Finally.....pronounced Man and Wife....cheers and pop-ups from everyone....(pop ups are programmed statements into an IRC...such as hugs, kisses, yee haw.....yes...yee haw....)..everyone rejoicing at the happiness of the couple.....and the joy of the event....all of this....on-line. Amazing, is it not??
Particularily moving were some of Bill's programmed pop-ups, such as "his lower lip quivvering" as Dee typed her vows. Resplendant in his gold top hat and mask, accepting the lovely Angelique as his forever love.....people began typing in their wedding gifts. The customary four toasters were given....(but, of course...it would not be a real wedding if they had not been...LOL....)...I offered a trip to the Virgin Islands, staying at the Hilton and a thousand dollars. Dudette had a nifty specialty item to offer...and all were having a royal ball cyberly....such a good time!!!
We then got to the garter toss. Our own Dex caught it, much as he tried to duck......and the bridal bouquet was caught by Merry from the WebTV-Pals. The catches were determined by who posted first after the bride and groom typed THREE!!! Such jolly good fun. Such complete happiness....kisses all around...hugs....good wishes...and all of this LEGAL, mind you.....a marriage license was being put into the mail as we all typed. Bill mentioned his part was on video. Dee was on computer, still arranging her life to come to Texas with Bill, from Kansas.....Now that will be a grande day....in about two weeks.....so, make that honeymoon somewhere around May 12th!! We all joked about the honeymoon, you can be sure......No video on that, though... PRIVATE!!!!
So, our man, LeFantome, who most of you know, is part of our Net4TV staff...and his lovely Dee are now man and wife!!! Joy, happiness, and boundless contentment forever to two of the biggest hearts on the web....united as one...together forever...until death they so part!!!Lookee....even a marriage certificate: BILL AND DEE'S MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE!! Makes you think, doesn't it? Maybe YOU should be joining a yahoogroup and meeting people.....L@@king for someone??? Ya just never know where they could be, you know....could be right here on the li'l ol' web...... Why not take a chance? The romances of so many happen here....this just happens to be the fairy tale ending and reality beginning of Bill and Dee. Now....when can we write YOUR happy ending???
Congrats to Bill and Dee. Two finer folks you will never meet. Happiness always complete.....and a lovely beginning for a forever love story that was meant to be!!!! P.S. For your viewing pleasure...this was our invitation...and, secondly, some poetry, picked by the bride... INVITATION TO THE WEDDING POETRY
For a full personal accounting from his own bio, read LeFantome's own page..BILL'S BIO