Nowadays, more and more people are turning to apps and websites to find their husbands and wives — so why shouldn't they meet the rest of the bridal party online? Last weekend, one Cincinnati couple tied the knot, and standing next to the groom were a few of his online friends, who he met in person for the first time right before the wedding.
According to Buzzfeed News, now-28-year-old Charles Powell met three of his closest friends when he was 13 years old via Phantasy Star Online on Xbox Live. He first met Joe Walters from Detroit, who then introduced him to William Brown from Tennessee and Joey Morris from Baltimore. The four young men quickly hit it off, and soon started playing Xbox together all the time. "I would come home from school and they would be online and I would be online," Powell told Buzzfeed. "We just liked the same things."
After 15 years of friendship and a few failed attempts to meet IRL, Powell invited his three gamer friends to his wedding. "Every part of my life they were there," said Powell, who even asked Morris to be one of his groomsmen. He told Buzzfeed that when he picked Morris up from the airport, it was surreal to finally meet his old friend. "We already knew each other," he said. "It was like we were already family."
A few days before the wedding, Powell's now-wife Myra, who he met on OKCupid, took a picture of Powell and Morris. Powell posted it on Twitter, writing, "15 years of playing on Xbox live. The first time we have ever met, and he's a groomsman in my wedding. Online friends are real life friends." The tweet has since received more than 45,000 retweets and 161,000 likes, plus countless responses from people who love Powell and his Xbox pals' amazing friendship.
Powell and his friends shared a few other photos from their first meeting and from the wedding reception. "15 years of playing Xbox, and they were able to share the greatest moment in my life," Powell captioned a photo of the whole squad at the reception.