November 4, 2013

Maine native ties the knot – on the Web

The former Old Orchard Beach woman takes part in a proxy wedding with her groom in Japan.

By Edward D. Murphy
Staff Writer

SACO — When Kaila Lauzon and Kelton Miller tell people about their wedding, the first few words in the tale will have to be: “Sit down; this may take a few minutes.”

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Family members of Kaila Lauzon, left to right, maid of honor and sister Ashley Lauzon, uncle John Leavitt, mother Sheila Lauzon, aunt Mary Beth Leavitt, and flower girl and cousin Hannah Leavitt celebrate the wedding of Kaila Lauzon – who grew up in Old Orchard Beach – and Kelton Miller on Saturday, (in Texas) and Sunday (in Japan). Lauzon, who now lives in Texas, and Miller, a Marine stationed in Japan, were married by proxy. Family members gathered in Saco to watch and participate in the ceremony online through FaceTime.

Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

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Kaila Lauzon and Kelton Miller are shown celebrating their engagement.

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You see, the bride was in Texas with the groom’s family. The mother of the bride was in Saco. Her father was in Virginia. Other family members were in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida.

And the groom?

He was in Japan.

All were connected via video links for the wedding Saturday – or Sunday, depending on how you look at it. Lauzon’s anniversary date is Nov. 2 while her husband’s, due to the time difference, is Nov. 3.

Welcome to the age of Internet weddings, where the electronic connection is almost as important as the emotional one.

Lauzon and Miller, both 24, were married by proxy, a process allowed in only in a handful of states, including Texas. In reality, Miller didn’t need to be involved in the ceremony at all because he had already signed an affidavit naming his mother as his proxy and giving her, essentially, power of matrimony.

Lauzon, who grew up in Old Orchard Beach, and Miller met earlier this year in Austin, Texas, where Lauzon had moved to take a job as a marketing director for a real estate firm. Miller is in the Marines and was stationed at the time in Corpus Christi, Texas, but he and his friends would often go to Austin on the weekends.

Lauzon said she was head-over-heels the first time she set eyes on Miller. He was a little more grounded.

“It was instantaneous and I told him I loved him that day,” she said. “He said, ‘Thanks.’”

From that inauspicious beginning, however, their love grew.

Miller first told Lauzon that he, too, was in love, mostly, about six weeks later.

“He said, 'I’m 97 percent sure that I love you,’” she said, and eventually the other 3 percent came around.

Miller was soon transferred to military police school in Missouri, but the two saw each other whenever they could, sometimes driving nine or 10 hours to spend a couple of days together. In September, when Lauzon’s parents, Sheila and Marc Lauzon, were visiting from Maine, Miller proposed. But Miller was then reassigned to Japan and, considering their lack of vacation and leave time – they used it all up seeing each other this summer – the earliest the couple figured they could get married was next May.

Neither wanted to wait that long, and a few weeks ago, while Skyping, they Googled to find out whether there was any way to get married despite a separation of roughly 7.500 miles. Turned out there was, at least in Texas.

Lauzon and Miller researched the legality and then set about planning their long-distance wedding. Lauzon said she realized her mother couldn’t attend because she, too, had used up her vacation time and a considerable amount of her bank account visiting her daughter in Texas. Marc Lauzon was in Virginia for a long-planned trip with some friends from his college days. But, since the young couple were using a video hook-up, so to speak, the bride’s parents, friends and other relatives could be there in more than just spirit. After all, they were closer to Texas than the groom.

Kaila Lauzon said she and Miller didn’t dispense with every matrimonial tradition. For instance, Miller followed the old superstition that the groom shouldn’t see the bride on the day of the wedding, although in this case, that simply meant not Skyping.

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Hannah Leavitt, Kaila Lauzon's cousin and flower girl, practices tossing the petals before the wedding of Lauzon and Kelton Miller on Saturday night. Lauzon, who now lives in Texas, and Miller, a Marine stationed in Japan, were married by proxy.

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A photo from Facebook of Kaila Lauzon and Kelton Miller.

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