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Couple Marries Remotely Over Skype

A Skype wedding makes marriage possible for long distance lovers.

By Kristin Wong Jul 27, 2012 2:58PM
Photo: Courtesy of 7DaysSometimes it's bleak, sometimes it's convenient, but the fact is, face-to-face contact is no longer necessary for many of life's interactions. Many things can now be accomplished remotely: work, friendships, meetings, and yes, even weddings.

A young accountant working in Dubai was tired of postponing his wedding. His fiancé lived thousands of miles away, in his native city of Alexandria, Egypt. Eventually, the couple decided distance shouldn't keep them from tying the knot, so they invited friends and family to watch them exchange their vows—via Skype.

Last year, 30 year-old Mahmoud Mohammed Abdul Hafez was living in Egypt with his fiancé, Somaia, and the two were planning an upcoming wedding. But in April, Mahmoud lost his job (see a photo of the newlyweds here).

"We got engaged in February 2011 and our plan was to wed by the end of the year," Mahmoud told the 7Days newspaper. "When I lost my job, everything changed."

Luckily, Mahmoud found a new job. The only problem? It was in Dubai, thousands of miles away from his bride-to-be.

“When I got my job, the first thing on my mind was to get the wedding done and silence all the critics. I didn’t want to delay it because my fiancé was getting worried, too," Mahmoud said.

But being a new employee, Mahmoud was reluctant to ask for time off, likely traumatized by his last termination.

“I wanted my job but I didn’t want to lose my fiancé, so the only available option was to have the wedding conducted without physically being there."

So he decided to walk down the virtual aisle. Mahmoud invited some friends over to his Dubai apartment, where they gathered in front of his laptop webcam. Meanwhile, Somaia was joined by the couple's parents on the other end, in Alexandria. They arranged for the appropriate authorizations, and Mahmoud's father represented him to sign the papers as a witness.

The two then exchanged their vows and became husband and wife, all completely remotely.

"I am now happily married," Mahmoud told the newspaper.

Wedded bliss may have started out on a webcam for these two, but they do have face-to-face plans in the coming months. The newlyweds plan to throw a big wedding bash in Alexandria when Mahmoud takes his annual leave at the end of the year.

Photo: Courtesy of 7Days

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Jul 28, 2012 4:49AM
@ MISTY STARR... u need to do the fiancee visa first for him. it'll get him here faster with u than the husband visa. the laws are crazy but fiancee's can come quicker than spouse's in USA. do the K1 visa and start on it before u go to egypt. but plzzz make SURE  u know his culture & marriage beliefs & have EVERYTHING documented on paper & signed of ur rights in the marriage if ur marrying in the mosque (Sharia) like I did. Beleive me, I wish someone would have told me that in 2005. anways, Best of Luck to u and the groom <3
Jul 28, 2012 4:19AM

My boyfriend who was overseas in Iraq proposed to me - So I would like to PERSONALLY thank Skype for being there for us for the year he was serving our country and protecting all of us !


Jul 28, 2012 1:39AM
I wanna get married on Skype but I don't think it's that easy LOL I'm American living here in the United States (Chicago, Illinois) my fiance is Egyptian living in Cairo Egypt so I'm sure it can't be this easy :( Legal papers and all! He wants to move here to the United States with me in the future, I'm going to Egypt in 2013 so what's the best way and quickest way we can get married and he can get a visa to come here? Does anyone know? I would like to marry in Egypt but is that possible? We have been together 3 years now :)
Jul 27, 2012 11:50PM
Lame...  What's the point in getting married if you can't even be near each other?  Sounds like one or both of them was worried about losing the other, which makes for an unhealthy relationship to begin with.  If they're meant to be married, they both would've had the patience to wait for a not-so-incredibly-lame wedding where they're actually in the same room together.
Jul 27, 2012 11:21PM
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Jul 27, 2012 10:40PM
They got married? It's THEIR funeral! BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!! You couldn't PAY me to date or get married....Skype or otherwise!
Jul 27, 2012 10:40PM
Actually, it wasn't much different than how the marriage would have normally taken place, so it's not that big a deal.  Many middle eastern marriages are arranged and based on a contract rather than focused on a ceremony. 
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