Working from home these has made everyone’s job look a little different. But things got especially surreal last Thursday when Hoda Kotb officiated a Zoom wedding for the Today show. John Sizer and Melanie Mulvihill—an Arizona couple who had postponed their April 18 ceremony over COVID-19 safety concerns—were treated to a surprise virtual wedding on Zoom.
The call was set up by Kira Sullivan, Mulvihill’s maid of honor, and was meant to be a toast celebrating what would’ve been the newlyweds’ first weekend as a married couple. Instead, the couple’s family members and friends declared the Zoom meeting a wedding, complete with a visit from their pastor. “Getting to interact with the Today show and being able to give her the surprise of marriage when she was not expecting it at all at this point, I think it would make her life,” Sizer told the outlet ahead of the surprise. Kotb popped in to tell the pair that she’d be officiating the virtual proceedings after Sizer and his friends reached out to her.
The couple recited their vows and Kotb pronounced Sizer and Mulvihill husband and wife. But that wasn’t the only surprise during the ceremony. Country singer Russell Dickerson joined the call to play his song, “Yours,” which was going to be the song for the couple’s first dance at their wedding.”Let’s have a little first dance, why don’t we?” Dickerson told the pair before playing the guitar and singing.
“It ultimately comes down to love, and I’m just happy my family and friends all could be present and I got to marry the love of my life,” Mulvihill told Today about her unconventional wedding. “It will be something to remember forever.”
Kotb, who is currently planning her own wedding to fiancé Joel Schiffman, got emotional about the nuptials during the segment on Today. She also mentioned that the couple’s pastor had to be a part of the wedding to finalize their marriage officially. Kotb mentioned that other couples’ looking to do virtual ceremonies will need to check their state’s laws before lobbying for a celebrity officiant of their own.