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Volcanic ash in Iceland thwarted plans for a London wedding, so what did the couple stranded in Dubai do?
They got married over Skype!
All it took was a laptop with a webcam, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. British-born Sean Murtagh, 24, and Aussie Natalie Mead, 30, said "I do" using Skype last April, allowing the wedding to be broadcast in real-time to family and friends back in London (the officiant was also in London).
UPDATE: A California couple joined Murtagh and Mead in celebrating this rare event this past weekend: a Skype wedding. Samuel Kim and Helen Oh, both 27, married via Skype, the O.C. Journal Register reported.
According to Reuters, Kim had become ill with a lung infection, but that didn't stop him from marrying Oh via Skype from a California hospital. Family and friends tuned in.
Skype was quick to take note of the rarity with a blog post:
While we'd never wish any couple to be apart for their own wedding, we are sure glad that Skype could play such a big role in the wedding of Samiel Kim and Helen Oh from Southern California, who couldn't be together on their wedding day. Unfortunately, Samiel was in the hospital, but that did not deter Helen from her big wedding day plans with 500 guests. The show must go on, and it did! -- thanks to a Skype video call connecting Helen and her soon to be husband, Samiel, while he was at the hospital.