There are plenty of quickie weddings that take place in Las Vegas, but one man traveled to Sin City just so he could say ‘I do’ to his smartphone.
Aaron Chervenak, 34, from Los Angeles, married his cellphone at The Little Vegas Chapel in Nevada last month in an attempt to make a point about society’s growing devotion to and reliance on their smartphones.
‘If we’re gonna be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels,’ Aaron said in a video documenting his peculiar wedding. ‘We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds, and to me, that’s also what a relationship is about.’
‘So in a sense my smartphone has been my longest relationship,’ he added. ‘That’s why I decided to see what it was like to actually marry a phone.’
Aaron explained that when he arrived in Vegas, he contacted a local chapel to see if they would be willing to hold the ‘slightly unorthodox ceremony’, and he was pleased to learn that they were more than open to it.
‘I think they were really excited about the prospect,’ he said. ‘It is something different and it is something new.’
Aaron put on a suit coat before driving himself to the chapel in a bubblegum pink car with his smartphone in tow.
Inside, his black iPhone was dressed in a white case and perched on a decorated stand, which was placed next to him in the front of the chapel. There were even a few guests at the bizarre nuptials.
‘I am trying to ask the hard questions of myself as to what this relationships means, and I am trying to go as far as I can to explore that,’ Aaron noted.
During the ceremony, the officiant asked Aaron to think of all the ‘laughter’ and ‘good times’ he has shared with his cell phone before asking him to promise to ‘honor’ and ‘comfort her’.
When it was time to exchange rings, Aaron picked up the cell phone and placed his finger inside a ring that was attached to its case.
And while there was no kissing of the bride, Aaron was all smiles as he carried his new wife down the aisle. However, the marriage isn’t actually recognized by the state of Nevada.
‘It’s not yet legal to marry smartphones,’ he admitted.
‘But what I hope my wedding will do is to somehow act as a symbolic gesture to show how precious our phones are becoming in our daily lives, and hopefully get others to ask that same questions of themselves and their relationships with their phones.
Unfortunately, not everyone was as supportive of the union.
‘In 18 months he’ll upgrade,’ one YouTube user commented on the video, which was posted on Tuesday.
‘I’m glad this idiot won’t reproduce. Thank you, Apple,’ another wrote.
However, The Little Vegas Chapel took to the comments section to say that Aaron ‘loves his phone very much’.
‘We can renew their vows when the new model comes out!’ the company added.