In a world where the Internet and social media is spreading sadness and despair like H1N1, it's nice to see one man and woman bravely stand up to prove it can be a place of love and joy and happiness, too.
Sal9000 and his new bride, Nene Anegasaki, met online, dated, fell in love and decided to commit to eachother. And they let the whole world in on their beautiful ceremony Sunday via a streaming videocast, sharing the joyous moment with not only friends and family, but anyone cruising alone and depressed through cyberspace - like a ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds.
The priest had a lovely service, the best man made a moving speech and the bride was glorious. And two-dimentional.
But it's not that she's shallow. She's a video game character. Just like her maid of honor, who also made a little speech.
That's right, Sal900, the name the groom goes by, is human. Of a sort. His new bride, Nene, lives in a Nintendo DS game called "Love, Plus." Plus, indeed. Probably not what Nintendo had in mind when they dreamed it up.
Thank goodness it wasn't a same sex marriage or the Internet might have exploded taking us all with it.
Not including the original wedding party, most of whom were humanish, and the original audience, more than 1,500,000 people have streamed this event already on YouTube.
And of course it all happened in Japan, where the new groom is probably busy trying to transport the wife's consciousness into a Hondo Asimo robot.
Sal9000 talked with BoingBoing about his new marriage and the struggles of meshing two VERY different people into a new home:
Now that the ceremony is over, I feel like I've been able to achieve a major milestone in my life. Some people have expressed doubts about my actions, but at the end of the day, this is really just about us as husband and wife. As long as the two of us can go on to create a happy household, I'm sure any misgivings about us will be resolved.
As for what's next, we still haven't gone to see my parents, so we will be going home together on New Years to officially announce our marriage.
The two of us hope to continue to let our love for each other grow as time goes on.
SAL9000 & Nene Anegasaki
No word yet on where they'll be honeymooning. We're also not sure on what the new couple thinks about having kids. We can only hope and pray that it's not allowed.