Florida couple got married while holding a virtual marriage ceremony in the metaverse.

Their avatars were able to mimic the vows they had exchanged, so guests could see the moment from afar.

Traci Gagnon (52), and Dave Gagnon (60), both from Palm Coast met their first time in October 2015. They were at a virtual event hosted by eXp Realty, a real estate firm they work for.

The two of them met for the first time in real life one week later at the company’s annual convention. They instantly clicked.

A Florida-based couple who first met online decided to hold a virtual wedding ceremony in the metaverse while simultaneously getting married in real life

A Florida-based couple who first met online decided to hold a virtual wedding ceremony in the metaverse while simultaneously getting married in real life

Florida couple got married while holding a virtual marriage ceremony in the metaverse.

They had their avatars mimic their exact moves as they exchanged their vows, so that guests who couldn't physically be at the wedding could still watch the beautiful moment

So that those who could not be present at the ceremony, their avatars would mimic their movements as they exchange their vows.

Traci, 52, and Dave Gagnon, 60, who are from Palm Coast, first met back in October 2015 during a virtual event for the real estate company they both work at - eXp Realty

Traci Gagnon (52), and Dave Gagnon (60), both from Palm Coast met their first time in October 2015. They were at a virtual event hosted by eXp Realty.

They began dating in March 2019, got engaged three months later, and married on September 4, 2021 - but their wedding was not your average wedding

Their relationship began in March 2019. They were then engaged three month later and got married on September 4, 2020.

Is there a metaverse? 

  • Fortune Magazine described the metaverse in its definition as “a merging of virtual, augment, and physical reality.”
  • Although the metaverse can be found in Fortnite and Animal Crossing games, it is much more. 
  • The metaverse is increasingly being used by many companies to connect with and train remote employees as well as host virtual meetings and events. 
  • One of the best things about the metaverse is the fact that everyone can join. It can also be used to host virtual meetings with people thousands of miles apart. There have been even virtual concerts in the metaverse.
  • Wired reports that this also refers to a digital economy where consumers can buy and create goods.
  • Access can be made through systems like PC computers or gaming consoles. But, virtual reality headsets allow people to participate in the metaverse. 

The couple had been friends for over four years, before they got together in March 2019. Three months later they were engaged and got married September 4, 2021. But their wedding was anything but ordinary.  

The couple decided to host a virtual wedding in tribute to how they first met..

Online weddings are a great option because they can choose their location. Traci & Dave decided they would exchange vows from the skies. The virtual space was created by Virbela.  

Traci and Dave were married in a typical wedding with 100 guests.

People who were not able to make it because of travel restrictions or other issues didn’t miss out. They could still watch the happy couple get married through the virtual ceremony.

As they were walking down the aisle, a person they hired made sure that their virtual avatars imitated them. A livestream of their real wedding was also displayed on the screen.

Traci revealed to Insider in a recent interview that she even customized her avatar so that it wore a replica of her real wedding dress. 

When the ceremony concluded, it was time for celebration. The party continued online. 

Guests of the livestream can customize avatars, dress them in their preferred outfits, and control their virtual party.

Traci explained that avatars have the ability to run and dance as well, while avatars also can perform other amazing feats. 

They decided to hold a virtual wedding to pay homage to the way they originally met. A company called Virbela designed the virtual space for them

To pay tribute to their first meeting, they decided to have a virtual marriage. They had Virbela design the virtual space.

Traci and Dave had a real wedding with 100 guests. But the people who couldn't make it didn't miss out - they were able to watch the couple say their I Do's virtually

Traci and Dave celebrated their real wedding at home with 100 friends. The couple’s 100 guests couldn’t attend, but they weren’t left out. They were able virtually to witness the ceremony.

While they walked down the aisle, someone made sure their online avatars mimicked their actions. And a livestream of the real wedding was placed on a screen behind them

Someone made sure that their avatars online mirrored their steps as they went down the aisle. The screen displayed a livestream from the actual wedding.

Traci revealed to Insider in a recent interview that she even customized her avatar so that it wore a replica of her real wedding dress

Traci told Insider that her avatar was modeled after her wedding gown in an interview.

Virbela estimates that the cost of hosting the livestream was more than $30,000 Virbela’s purpose is to ‘bring together people to work, study, meet, train, and learn in an immersive virtual environment. 

“Remote work should be liberating and not exhausting. Their website states that video chats and other technologies leave them disconnected and in need of social interaction. Virbela, the original virtual world platform for remote collaboration is now available.

“Meet and host events, classes and provide remote support for your workforce in a 3D immersive world.

Traci stated that their family and friends were excited about the idea. Traci said, “It shows the world has changed” and that there are many possibilities for what is next. This is an exciting time.  

Also, she said that virtual weddings were important for couples who can’t be together due to military service or being overseas. This is especially true during the outbreak of coronavirus. 

The American Marriage Ministries website states that marriages which occur in the metaverse do not qualify for legal recognition. 

And when the ceremony ended, the party continued online. For the virtual party, guests of the livestream could customize their own avatars and dress them up in outfits that fit their liking

The ceremony was over, but the online party went on. Virtual party guests could personalize their avatars to create outfits of their choice.

Virbela, which is designed to 'bring people together to work, learn, meet, and train in an immersive virtual world,' estimated that it cost over $30,000 to facilitate the livestream

Virbela, which is designed to ‘bring people together to work, learn, meet, and train in an immersive virtual world,’ estimated that it cost over $30,000 to facilitate the livestream

Traci said their friends and family were 'really excited' about the idea. She added: 'I think it shows that the world has changed and what could be possible next. It is a very exciting thing'

Traci stated that their family and friends were excited about the idea. Her comments were: “It’s a sign that things have changed in the world and it is possible to do more.” It’s an amazing thing. 

She explained that virtual weddings are important for couples who cannot be together, and especially necessary during the coronavirus pandemic

She stated that virtual weddings are essential for couples who cannot travel together. This is especially true during the outbreak of coronavirus.

Fortune Magazine described the metaverse in this way: “A merging of virtual, augment, and physical reality.” 

While the metaverse can be found in Fortnite or Animal Crossing, it is much more.

The metaverse is increasingly being used by many companies to connect with and train remote employees as well as host virtual events.

You can take part in the metaverse from anywhere around the globe. You can use the metaverse to have virtual parties with your friends, even if they live miles away.

According to Wired, ‘It also translates to a digital economy, where users can create, buy, and sell goods.’

You can access it through systems such as a computer, or game consoles. However, people also have the ability to participate in the metaverse by using virtual reality headsets.