School/College of the Year
Winter Park, FL (Vocus) February 12, 2009
Winter Park, FL - On January 17, 2009, Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu)], an award-winning entertainment media university near Orlando, FL, held the video game wedding event, "A Match Made in Halo." The wedding took place at the Orlando Science Center (http://www.osc.org) during the video game convention, Otronicon (http://www.otronicon.org), where Full Sail also served as the presenting sponsor.
The couple was married in front of a large crowd of family, friends and local guests in a fully themed Halo wedding event. Elements of the Halo theme included: game Master Chief serving as the officiant; bridal party attire featuring bride and groom's Halo emblems; a string quartet to play Halo soundtrack music; a Halo-themed wedding cake; and Halo décor throughout the ceremony and reception, and more.
The bride and groom and avid gamers, Desirai Labrada and John Henry, met while playing Halo online in December 2004 through the Xbox Live system. In August 2005, Labrada relocated to Florida and began her studies at Full Sail University in the Digital Media Degree Program. The couple continued their relationship while now living together in Central Florida.
MTV's Multiplayer Editor, Stephen Totilo, blogged about the progression of the wedding plans and featured 60-second videos before the wedding day. In January, MTV News traveled to Orlando to cover the wedding, and featured a segment on MTV that aired on January 30.
The couple also received numerous donations from businesses in the Central Florida area to create the memorable Halo-themed occasion. They are the following: Apple Blossom Florist & Gifts (http://www.appleblossomflorist.com); Aquallusion (aquallusion.com); Aramark (aramark.com); Atlantis 9 (atlantis9.com), Becky Lantree - Art Under Glass; C & S Themed Events (themed-events.com); Clambake Partners; Copperhead Salon (copperheadsalon.com); DKN-tertainment (dkn-tertainment.com); Enemy Ink (enemyink.com); Good 2 Go Event Management Inc. (g2gevents.com); Heartfelt Giver (heartfeltgiver.com); Surpreyes (surpreyes.com); La Bella Storia (labellastoria.com); RF Photography (rfphotography.com); Sacino's Formal Wear (sacino.com); Safia Pulliam - Makeup Artist (safiamichelle.com); Sullivan's S&S Jewelers (sandsjewelers.com); The Evil Monkey Productions (theevilmonkeyproductions.com); Wedding Specialties (weddingspecialties.event-full.com); and Zoet Finest Cakes (zoetcakes.com).
"It was a day we will never forget," said Labrada. "To have our special moment be celebrated in this way alongside family, friends, the Orlando community, and fellow gamers was an incredible experience and we could not be more appreciative to all who made it possible. John and I truly are teammates for life."
About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 31,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 190-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 6,500 students from 50 states and 65 countries.
Full Sail currently offers a total of seventeen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Internet Marketing (online), Music Business and Web Design & Development; and Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology (online), Game Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus) and Internet Marketing (online); and a Master of Fine Art in Media Design (online).
Full Sail was most recently was named the 2008 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been previously named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.
For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.
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