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$13 billion Red Hat threw a wedding onstage at its big conference — with the CEO as ring bearer

Matt Weinberger

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 EVP 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. Cormier got his marriage license just to make this happen.

And it definitely happened. You can watch the whole thing here:

 Or skip to the vows here, from Instagram:

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 $13 billion.

Hargrave teased it was coming the day before on his personal Twitter:

 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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