Married Over Skype Via Web Video Conference

By: Rob Adams - Staff Writer
Published: Mar 7, 2021

Married Over Skype. A California couple whose wedding plans appeared thwarted got married over Skype. After a lung infection landed the groom in the isolation ward of a hospital, the couple had to get creative about their wedding plans over the weekend.

Samuel Kim and Helen Oh, both 27, had friends and family members traveling from as far away as their native Korea and from New York to their planned wedding ceremony in the southern California city of Fullerton on Saturday. So when Kim began spitting up blood last week, he was initially too nervous to tell his bride for fear of causing her grief, he told Reuters. When he finally did tell Oh later in the week, the couple improvised a solution by holding the wedding via the Web video conferencing system.

The Saturday afternoon wedding utilized five live cameramen at the couple’s high-tech Korean church capturing the ceremony for guests watching on jumbo screens, and for Kim himself watching on a laptop in the hospital’s isolation ward. Kim’s hospital is less than 10 miles from the church, and he said he did not feel distant from the ceremony and the 500 guests there. The professional-style presentation included split-screen images and an audio crew that gave Kim his cue, before his face was to appear on a screen.

Kim surprised Oh with plane tickets to Europe, where they will visit Paris and Prague, after he recovers from his lung infection. Kim is expected to get out of the hospital this week. Kim stated that she does not credit Web technology alone for making the wedding a success.

“I couldn’t have done it without God,” she said.

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