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

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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.

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Kaila Lauzon and Kelton Miller are shown celebrating their engagement.

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Lauzon said there were also some concerns that pre-Internet couples didn’t have to deal with, like checking the strength of the Wi-Fi signal in the church’s sanctuary.

Chris Hayes, the pastor at Keller United Methodist Church outside Dallas, was game to try it and laptops were set up around the altar Saturday shortly before 8 p.m., Eastern time. The late hour meant it was 10 a.m. Saturday in Okinawa, and Miller, wearing his dress blues, soon appeared on the laptop to Hayes’ left.

It took some fiddling and the feed wasn’t entirely smooth, with all the laptops creating some audio feedback, but the quality of the connection was generally good. One laptop featured Marc Lauzon, so he could give away his daughter at the appointed time. Another had Sheila Lauzon, several aunts and uncles and Ashley Lauzon, Kaila Lauzon’s sister and the maid of honor – her first time in that role, in which she wore jeans and no shoes and sat cross-legged on the floor, she said.

Hannah Leavitt, Kaila’s 9-year-old cousin, was the flower girl, tossing silk “petals” at the webcam at the appropriate time.

“Remember when you just had to do ‘old, new, borrowed, blue?’” said Sally Leavitt, the bride’s aunt. “Now it’s FaceTime, cellphones, iPads and Skype.”

But the wedding-by-proxy went off without too many hitches, even though the pastor called it a “somewhat strange and yet, beautiful, ceremony.”

“We celebrate this day, whether it’s morning or night or whatever it is where you all are,” Hayes said, gesturing to the laptops.

Other than substituting blown kisses for the real ones and Hayes pocketing the rings until Lauzon and Miller can put them on each other, the rest of the ceremony was fairly traditional, including tears from Sheila Lauzon. The couple even posed for pictures, with Kaila Lauzon holding the laptop connected to Miller beside her head, saying proudly, “My new husband.”

And with that, the new couple could relax and focus on their wedding night.

Lauzon said that’s penciled in for February.

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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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