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Keynote at US tech summit ends with onstage wedding

CEO of US$13 billion software company Red Hat acted as ring bear for Texan couple's nuptials

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 8:50am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 11:42am

This week's Red Hat Summit, a tech conference, in San Francisco closed out its keynote session with a bang — an onstage wedding, officiated by Red Hat tech Executive vice president Paul Cormier, with CEO Jim Whitehurst acting as ring bearer.

The groom, Matt Hargrave, an engineer with GM Financial, is a Red Hat superfan. It was his idea to hold the wedding at the conference, to which the company agreed. His now wife, Shannon Montague, works as an American Sign Language interpreter. The couple traveled to San Francisco from Texas to get married onstage.

And it definitely happened. You can watch the whole thing in an archived Periscope live stream here:

Or skip to the vows here, from Instagram:


This is a #rhsummit first

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Red Hat is a publicly traded company that makes open-source software, including the popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system for computer servers. It has a market cap of over US$13 billion.

It's not uncommon for tech companies to pull out all the stops to make an impression at their big mega events, but a wedding is a new one by me.

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