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‘By the power vested in me by Ethereum’: Pune couple’s blockchain wedding with digital priest, NFT vows

Anil Narasipuram and Shruti Nair from Pune created a non-fungible token or NFT with a photo of the latter's engagement ring. The couple’s vows were also embedded in the image.

February 05, 2022 / 03:09 PM IST
Anil Narasipuram and Shruti Nair from Pune are probably the first couple in India to have a blockchain wedding. (Image posted on LinkedIn by  Anil Narasipuram)

Anil Narasipuram and Shruti Nair from Pune are probably the first couple in India to have a blockchain wedding. (Image posted on LinkedIn by Anil Narasipuram)

Coronavirus has compelled many couples to have small wedding ceremonies and have friends and relatives attend them virtually, but Anil Narasipuram and Shruti Nair from Pune seem to have truly redefined celebrations during the pandemic.

The couple got married on the blockchain, probably becoming the first in India to do so. In November 2021, Narasipuram and Nair had an online wedding ceremony officiated by a “digital priest”.

“Shruti and I made our marriage 'blockchain official' with an Ethereum smart contract that consecrated our commitment to each other in the form of an NFT (non-fungible token) minted on OpenSea,” Narasipuram, a design professor, said in a LinkedIn post.

NFTs are units of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore, not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files. It uses a digital ledger to provide a public certificate of authenticity or proof of ownership.