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An iPad Wedding Gone Wrong

This weekend I married my friends. I thought it would be really cool to do the entire service using my iPad. I thought that I would be an innovator, an early adopter – but then something went wrong.

We’ve heard of iPads being involved in weddings before and we usually point and giggle simply because the idea feels ridiculous. But in the case of Gizmodo reader Sol Lipman’s story, we laugh and chuckle because it’s as if scene from a summer blockbuster played out as he helplessly tried to keep calm:

This weekend I married my friends. I thought it would be really cool to do the entire service using my iPad. I thought that I would be an innovator, an early adopter—it was the geekiest part of my soul that made me want to do this. In some ways, I was more excited about marrying people using an iPad than the marriage itself. My wife, an early adopter by marriage, was disgusted at me and warned me, ominously, that if something went wrong I would be screwed. I scoffed at the comment knowing that my faith in Jobs would win the day.

The service started well enough as you can see in the picture. Everything was happy until midway through the service when the temperature warning went off and the iPad said, “the iPad is overheating and will need to cool down. Oh, and you’re totally screwed.”

Suddenly I was panicked. As a new reverend of the Universal Life Church I had never dealt with a technical challenge during a service. I was nervous enough as it was. Beads of sweat formed on my head. I quickly fast forwarded the service to some readings that the bride’s father was going to do, hoping he’d be long-winded.

I went to where my wife was sitting and quickly popped my iPad out of the DodoCase, putting it under her chair in the grass to cool it down. Having seen the error on the iPad when I popped it out of the case, she looked at me with disdain. She knew that I, and my trusting friends, were about to take it in the pooper. The iPad was too fried and I was going to have to wing it.

Of course it all ended up okay. Most said that they didn’t know the difference. Personally, I wouldn’t have changed my decision. As early adopters we need to push forward constantly even when it means that we have to hold our phones differently to make a phone call.

Yikes. Well I’m glad that the wedding survived the craziness and congratulate Mr and Mrs Drew and Rebecca Doty on their marriage. May it survive whatever crazy, geeky ideas their pal Sol has in the future – and then some.

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