Looking for a wedding officiant? Today Show host Hoda Kotb is perfect for the job! The television personality happens to be an ordained minister and surprised an Arizona couple with a virtual wedding earlier this week.
John Sizer and Melanie Mulvihill were supposed to tie the knot on April 18, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, but their wedding plans were quickly foiled when the nation was put on lockdown. That's when Sizer and Mulvihill's maid of honor Kira Sullivan hatched a plan. Knowing Kotb was an ordained minister, they reached out to the Today team to orchestrate a surprise virtual ceremony.
On what would have been Sizer and Mulvihill's wedding weekend, the bride and groom-to-be hopped on a Zoom call with Sullivan. Unbeknownst to Mulvihill, her family and friends suddenly joined the call to toast the couple. That's when Sizer revealed his motives and Kotb entered the call to officiate the virtual ceremony.
"I don't know if you know this, but I'm ordained," Kotb said as she joined the call. "So I wanted to help you out."
Mulvihill and Sizer went on to recite their vows with Kotb's help. But the surprises weren't over when Kotb pronounced them husband and wife. "It's not really a wedding without a first dance," she said after the newlyweds shared their first kiss. Immediately, country music artist Russell Dickerson joined the call to sing his song "Yours," which was going to be their first dance song at their nuptials.
"It ultimately comes down to love, and I'm just happy my family and friends all could be present and I got to marry the love of my life,'' Mulvihill said when the call was over. "It will be something to remember forever."
In order to make the ceremony legal in Arizona, the couple's pastor was also a part of the ceremony. Kotb, who is in the midst of planning her own "I dos," said the moment left her in tears—even her fiancé Joel Schiffman was crying off camera!