Wedding under Spirit Lights

Hail, all, πŸ™‚

Last week, I attended a wedding.

So, why is this worthy of note? Two reasons: one, it was my first virtual wedding, and two, I was presiding.

Yes, that’s correct, last Wednesday, the 18th of July of 2007, Zooggy, my World of Warcraft priest character, presided over the wedding between Teufel and Saharah, two other WoW characters (who are man and woman in real life, and in fact, live together).

The ceremony was held in the Valley of the Spirits in Orgrimmar, and was a “traditional” horde wedding. (Read: a ceremony entirely made up by Infinity, the wedding planner, and myself.) For your enjoyment, here are a series of wedding “photographs” (or screenshots, to be more accurate).

Wedding 01 The audience arrives early, taking up seats on the rock immediately beside the ceremonial stone.
Wedding 02 Teufel, the groom, stands formally outside the wedding enclosure (which wasn’t enclosed at all), while in the foreground, Darenus, the best man, stands in his name, on the other side of the ceremonial stone.
Wedding 03 Saharah, the bride, arrives at the ceremonial stone, and Teufel walks up to meet her. On the right, Darenus stands his ground, while on the left, Infinity, the wedding planner, has picked her spot to sit, and Lithaella, bridesmaid and guild leader, stands in the foreground.
Wedding 04 From his vantage point, Zooggy (me) formally opens the ceremony, bathing the bride and groom in the ceremonial Lunar Festival lights, provided by the elder druids of the Cenarion Circle.
Wedding 05 Still under the auspices of the Cenarion Circle’s lights, the bride and groom use the ceremonial knife to cut each other’s palms, then grasp each other’s hands, exchanging blood as they exchange vows.
Wedding 06 Once the vows are exchanged, the audience joins the bride and groom in celebration, under an impressive display of fireworks and pyrotechnics.
Wedding 07 As the fire and brimstone die down, the bride and groom are once again bathed in the ceremonial light, as the audience fulfil their role as official witnesses and offer them their gifts and statements of congratulations. In the background, Zooggy (me again) watches on.
Wedding 08 A close up of Zooggy in ceremonial robes, standing on the vantage point from which he presided over the ceremony. (Vain? Who, me? Never! πŸ™‚ )
Wedding 09 A close up of Saharah, the bride, in her wedding gown, and looking rather hot for a toon. (I wish I had a close up of Teufel as well. He looked sharp.)
Wedding 10 Atop their ceremonial mounts, the bride and groom lead the party as it moves from the Valley of Spirits to the Orgrimmar inn.
Wedding 11 A close up of Teufel and Saharah and their mounts. Yes, those are reindeer.
Wedding 12 A close up of Infinity, the wedding planner, dancing outside the Orgrimmar inn, after having had just a couple of drinks.

And there you have it. A detailed account, with pictures, of one of the geekiest acts I ever had the honor of participating in. πŸ™‚

In the meantime, slowly but steadily, I’ve been posting AP reports from the June retreat at the Forge. Links have been added as edits to the previous post, so go check that out if you’re curious.

Power to the Forsaken!


8 Responses to “Wedding under Spirit Lights”

  1. Elora says:

    Bom. Pois. Aaaahhhh. Pois.

  2. RPL says:

    Looks like it was a hell of a party!

    Wish I was so I could get fresh with the bride maidens, you know like the moose hehe.

  3. joao-mendes says:

    Hi, πŸ™‚

    I assume you mean:

    β€œThe moose mingles; did very well; scored; some guy tried to sell him insurance for an hour and a half.”

    That moose? πŸ˜‰


  4. Jonas Ferry says:


    I recently got married (July 7) in a real wedding, and though it was fun to see both similarities and a few differences in your virtual wedding.

    Never having played World of Warcraft, I’m still impressed by how you managed to make a ceremony out of the functionality the game provides.

    Great work, and great fun!

    – Jonas

  5. Etake says:


    From MMORPG Heretic to MMORPG Wedding planner in under 2y!

  6. joao-mendes says:

    Ahey, πŸ™‚

    Jonas, congratulations! πŸ™‚ Married life is all kinds of fun in and of itself. If you want to see a wife’s take on the world of RPGs and gaming in general, check out Geek By Proxy in my blogroll.

    Also, I hadn’t realised you had your own blog. Linky added. πŸ™‚

    JoΓ£o (posting as Etake), heh, heretic. What do you mean by that, exactly? πŸ˜‰


  7. Etake says:

    “I once played a MUD so I’ve seen what mmorpgs have to offer” line πŸ™‚

    Graphs, distance and serendipity add something to text. It’s a trade-off ofc but at the very least a fair one.

  8. That’s pretty slick! In EVE Online, I’ve seen places where there’s waypoints for each part of the wedding, priest, bride and groom, bridesmaids…. etc.

    By the way, can I get a link to Role Playing Games by RolePlayGateway?