The Today Show host got emotional as the duo said "I do" during the digital service.

By Nashia Baker
April 24, 2020
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The novel coronavirus pandemic didn't stop one couple from tying the knot on Zoom after canceling their in-person wedding this month—and to make their online big day even more special, they got a surprise officiant to mark their new journey together. After coordinating with the groom, John Sizer, beforehand, Hoda Kotb popped into the couple's video conference to pronounce the two husband and wife, Today reports. "I don't know if you know this, but I'm ordained," Hoda said to the shocked bride, Melanie Mulvihill. "So I wanted to help you out."

The bride shared that even in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, she was thankful that her loved ones could still witness the special day. "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,'' she said. "It will be something to remember forever."

After Hoda helped the couple ring in their new chapter and watched them share their first dance, she couldn't help but feel the love herself. The journalist shared that the special moment between the newlyweds made her cry—and her fiancé, Joel Schiffman, who was watching off-camera, shed a tear, too.

Hoda was the perfect person for this virtual task—especially since she understands what it means to put your big day on hold. She and Joel have had to rethink their own wedding plans due to the coronavirus, but she still can't wait for the celebration with her husband-to-be, whenever it unfolds, Today previously reported. "All I want is Joel, Haley, and Hope, and my closest inner circle. I can picture Joel at the end of the aisle and Haley and Hope wondering what's going on," she said. "Everything's just the backdrop for a beautiful moment."


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