DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado soldier stationed in Panama and getting ready to head to Afghanistan wanted to marry his long-time girlfriend, only they were thousands of miles apart, but his soldier buddies didn’t let that deter him.
Technology can make dreams come true these days. Everybody sees live interviews coming in by Skype and satellite from all over the world, so how hard could it be to put together one virtual wedding?
Staff Sgt. Darrin Brust proposed to Tory at Denver International Airport as he was being deployed to Panama on his way to Afghanistan.
“I had less than a week to organize it,” Tory said. “It was a little chaotic.”
So the soldier and his fiancé said “I do” over Skype. Their marital communication problems were more technical than most marrying couples, but the other soldiers were determined to make the ceremony special.
“They had him walk under the machetes,” Tory said. “They had a guy playing violin, which was really nice.”
His commander spoke. The bride had flowers and wore a white dress and they recited their vows. She had a wedding cake in Denver and he had a wedding cake at his base.
“They somehow found a little bride and groom figurine and put it on top. So he cut it and took a bite,” Tory said.
There was no kiss but there is meaning to their marriage.
“He is getting deployed to Afghanistan shortly, so we wanted to make it official before he leaves for that.”
She knows he has some difficult days ahead of him as soldier, as does she as a soldier’s wife, but for a few minutes they were together pledging their love for a lifetime.
The two usually aren’t able to Skype, so now husband and wife will resume their communicating by text.