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Couple off to renew vows

By JEFF STANTON - jstanton@newsexaminer.com

Do you know a geek? It’s kind of the same as a nerd.

Connersville residents Christy and Corey Pugh are a married couple and self-proclaimed geeks. They love anything sci-fi, including super heroes like Batman.

They met late in 2014 on a smart phone dating app called Tinder. Each wore the same Batman t-shirt in photos on their profiles. “We talked for four months (online) before we ever met,” Christy said.

Their first date was Feb. 23, 2015, when they had dinner at Frisch’s across from the Richmond Square Mall. A little more than seven months later, Christy and Corey tied the knot in a ceremony Sept. 30, 2015, at the Wayne County Courthouse annex.

Christy says she can’t recall the name of the county official who married them. “I don’t know who she was,” Christy says. “It was some lady who was just there, I don’t know. I don’t think I ever caught her name. We were there probably 10 minutes.”

The pair previously discussed renewing their wedding vows in a more formal manner. As fate would have it, that opportunity came calling in an unusual manner.

“The SyFy Channel last year and this year has done this thing called, ‘The Geek Love Chapel.’ The actor Orlando Jones contacted the SyFi Channel last year and said he wanted to marry couples at Comic-Con in San Diego. So, Orlando Jones and SyFy Channel kind of paired up to create this thing.”

Christy says she follows SyFy on Facebook and saw where the channel was looking to invite couples to be married in New York City on Valentine’s Day.

“So, I just jokingly sent them a message and said, ‘oh yeah, where’s it going to be at?’ They sent me the information, so I thought it would be great.” SyFy contacted Christy and confirmed they could be one of the couples to renew their vows.

Turns out, Christy and Corey couldn’t make the trip because of the expense involved in airfare and hotel fees. Christy said on Jan. 23, she sent them a thank you note and declined the offer.

A week later, SyFy contacted Christy again and said, “Pack your bags, we’re flying you guys out here,” a beaming Christy said. “It was signed, the SyFy Channel, Love Chapel team, is where the email came from.”

They are flying, all expenses paid, to New York City to be a part of a giant geek wedding. Couples from all over the nation will be married or renew their wedding vows with Jones supposedly officiating. The event is at the SyFY Channel’s studios in Manhattan.

Christy and Corey were set to fly to New York this morning, be married at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, then return home later Wednesday evening, all expenses paid. Each couple married will get 15 minutes in the limelight and the event will begin at noon while being simulcast live on the SyFy Channel’s Facebook page.

That’s five minutes longer than their original wedding day in Richmond, plus they get a free one-day trip to NYC.

“We are huge nerds,” Christy said. “We love Batman, we love everything super heroes, Star Wars for us to be a part of this with the SyFy Channel which is one of our favorite channels, we just kind of said, ‘why not.’ We were talking about renewing our vows. The renewal we were going to do was going to be a huge Batman theme, super hero theme, so this kind of worked out great for us.”

Christy is a 2002 graduate of Connersville High School and Corey graduated in 2003 from Northeastern High School sat Fountain City. Christy operates her own photography business specializing in weddings, while Corey is between jobs.


Starts at noon Wednesday on the SyFy Channel's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SYFY/

Christy and Corey Pugh are scheduled to renew their vows at 2:15 p.m.


Dictionary.com defines a geek as a noun slang word, meaning a digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others); a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity; a peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, or socially awkward.


Or as a verb: to be overexcited about a specialized subject or activity, or to talk about it with excessive enthusiasm (usually followed by out), as an example, I could geek out about sci-fi for hours.