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The first-ever Clubhouse wedding will take place Sunday. The happy couple, who met on the app, tell us how.

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 05 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/60baa385e459cb0018a2c59e-2400/couple with flowers.jpg" border="0" alt="Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano" data-mce-source="Michael Graziano" data-mce-caption="Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>When the iOS audio-only app Clubhouse launched in beta mode in March 2020, people scrambled to get an invite, even spawning a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/want-to-be-on-clubhouse-you-can-pay-your-way-2021-2">virtual black market hawking invites for sale</a>.</p><p>Between a combination of FOMO (fear of missing out) on the newest social-media platform and people simply longing for human connection due to widespread lockdowns and social-distancing restrictions, the app couldn't have come at a better time.&nbsp;</p><p>Fourteen months since its inception, Clubhouse boasts over 10 million users, and after much anticipation <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/clubhouse-launches-android-app-downloads-falling-2021-5">recently launched on Android</a>. From <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/black-creatives-are-creating-musical-productions-on-clubhouse-2021-1">audio adaptations of "Lion King" and "Dreamgirls"</a> to A-listers like <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/clubhouse-social-network-ceo-interview-public-launch-invites-elon-musk-2021-2">Oprah and Elon Musk hopping on to chat,</a> the app has seen many firsts.&nbsp;</p><p>And this weekend is no exceptionwhen the app will host its first live wedding.</p><p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/natashagrano/">Natasha Grano</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/globaldegree/">Michael Graziano</a> will exchange vows and be legally wed in a Clubhouse chatroom tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. Despite the ceremony being audio-only, Grano said she'll wear a wedding dress, while Graziano will sport a tux.</p><p>Today, they'll also meet in a Vancouver church for an in-person blessing, joined by an intimate group of family and friends.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60baa3a093c6fa00195e558e-1418/digital wedding invite.JPG" border="0" alt="The Clubhouse wedding invite" data-mce-source="Michael Graziano"></p><p>It's only fitting for&nbsp;Grano and&nbsp;Graziano to literally tie the knot virtually on Clubhouse since that's where they meton Valentine's Day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>"We were both on stage in one of celebrity matchmaker <a href="https://www.instagram.com/carmeliaray/">Carmelia Ray's</a> Clubhouse rooms, and as soon as I heard Michael's voice, this feeling came over me. I knew right away he was someone special," Grano, 31, a mindset coach and author of "<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Action-Plan-Implement-Attraction-Under/dp/194900354X/ref=sr_1_3'crid=2E672SPJTTZP9&amp;dchild=1&amp;keywords=natasha+grano&amp;qid=1622779222&amp;sprefix=natasha+gran%2Caps%2C170&amp;sr=8-3">The Action Plan: How to Implement the Law of Attraction into Your Life in Under An Hour</a>," told Insider.</p><p>Two-thousand virtual guests from around the world are expected to tune into the two-hour affair. Profile photos will change throughout the event to reflect the timeline, such as the couple's vows, first kiss, and speeches.&nbsp;</p><p>The nuptials will be officiated by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/realjohngray/">John Gray</a>, the former associate pastor under Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, and the emcee will be, fittingly, Ray.&nbsp;</p><p>The bridal party is a combination of the couple's friends and clients and includes rapper Ja Rule, Shark Tank's Daymond John, Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph, British cricket star Samit Patel, and Lisa Nichols and John Assaraf from the movie "The Secret." A live musical performance by <a href="https://karenruimy.com/">Karen Ruimy</a> is also scheduled. Paul Davison, one of the cofounders of Clubhouse, might stop by in the room, Graziano said.&nbsp;</p><p>In lieu of walking down the aisle, the pair will both be on their iPhones hanging poolside at their new home in Vancouver.</p><h2>A match made in audio heaven</h2><p>Grano immediately tapped on Graziano's photo after hearing his voice for the first time and began following him on Instagram. Within moments, Graziano followed her back and sent her a message. After chatting for a bit, she invited him to be on her podcast "<a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/natasha-grano-social-media-influencer-sharing-her-journey/id1500457853'i=1000498802475">Live Greatly</a>" in early March. He accepted.&nbsp;</p><p>"We connected instantly," Graziano, 32, who completed his six-year quest to become the youngest Canadian to visit all 193 UN nations right before the world shut down last March, said.&nbsp;</p><p>"She was flirty during our podcast interview, but I assumed that was her schtick. Then I went back and listened to her other episodes and she was much more business-like. That's when I thought to myself, 'Hey, maybe she was flirting with me after all,'" he added.</p><p>Separated by continentswith Grano living in London with her four-and-half year-old son Rio from a previous marriage and Graziano living and running <a href="https://www.mindfulmediapr.com/globaldegree">Mindful Media PR</a> in Canadathe two spent hours on FaceTime daily talking and getting to know one another.</p><p>"Before Natasha, I struggled with intimacy issues and was somewhat of a playboy. I joked about having a girlfriend in every country I visited, and whenever people asked where I'd seen the most beautiful women in the world, I always said Lebanon and Colombia. It turns out Natasha is both Lebanese and Colombian," Graziano said.</p><p>Grano said the "sparks were flying" during their daily courtships. "Soon we were both journaling about our relationship," she added, noting the power of putting pen to paper. In fact, on February 1, just 13 days before meeting Graziano on Clubhouse, she'd penned a list of 100 attributes she was looking to manifest in a man.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60baa3f693c6fa00195e5590-1732/reading each others journals they keep about their romance.png" border="0" alt="Grano and Graziano reading each others' journals they keep about their romance." data-mce-source="Michael Graziano" data-mce-caption="Grano and Graziano reading each others' journals they keep about their romance."></p><p>Despite making this list, Grano wasn't on any dating apps or really even leaving the house much for that matter. The same went for Graziano: "I certainly didn't know I'd be signing up for holy matrimony," he said.&nbsp;</p><p>After a self-proclaimed messy divorce in 2017, Grano, an Instagram model and social-media influencer at the time, said she found herself at rock bottombroke, sick, and struggling to survive with a newborn son to care for. With mounting debt, Grano moved back in with her parents and pawned everything, from her Rolex to Cartier bracelets, to stay afloat.&nbsp;</p><p>"It was a rough time, the roughest I've seen, but it was the catalyst that propelled me into action and forced me to erase my limiting beliefs and manifest my deepest desires," she said. As a result, she developed the <a href="https://natasha-grano.teachable.com/p/erase-limiting-self-beliefs-to-manifest-your-desires-mini-program">MBS Method</a>Meditational Behavioural Synchronicitybased on her own experiences.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><h2>An unconventional proposal</h2><p>Despite travel restrictions, Graziano made his way to England for a week in April to meet Grano in person for the first time.</p><p>"My grandmother told me, 'If you get on that plane and come back with a woman and a kid, I'll never speak to you again,'" he said. "I felt bad, but I went anyway."&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60baa42be459cb0018a2c5a1-1440/right before he proposes.jpeg" border="0" alt="Graziano right before the proposal" data-mce-source="Michael Graziano" data-mce-caption="Graziano right before the proposal."></p><p>With a combined social-media following in the millions, the duo are no strangers to living in the spotlight. In fact, they welcome it, often traveling with their own photographers and film crews to capture their lives, both in their careers and as a couple.&nbsp;</p><p>So five days ago, when Graziano booked a helicopter ride for him, Grano, his sister and her fiance, and a professional photographer, Grano didn't think twice.&nbsp;</p><p>Upon landing, Graziano blindfolded Grano. "I was a bit scared because I thought maybe we'd be bungee-jumping," Grano said, adding she suddenly found herself atop the highest peak in Whistler, British Columbia.</p><p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/60baa44fe459cb0018a2c5a2-1440/blindfolded.jpeg" border="0" alt="Grano blindfolded with Graziano" data-mce-source="Michael Graziano" data-mce-caption="Grano blindfolded with Graziano."></p><p>But instead of bungee-jumping, Graziano got down on one knee and proposed, presenting her with a three-carat diamond and platinum solitaire Tiffany &amp; Co. engagement ring that had once belonged to his grandmother, the same woman who'd forbidden him to go to England.&nbsp;</p><p>As it turns out, not only did his grandmother forgive him, she also had the opportunity to get to know Grano a bit by phone and wound up giving her grandson her blessing and her own 70-year-old engagement ring for the momentous occasion.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60baa47ce459cb0018a2c5a3-2400/The proposal.jpeg" border="0" alt="The proposal" data-mce-source="Michael Graziano" data-mce-caption="The proposal."></p><p>"Natasha embodies so many of the same characteristics that I love about my grandmother. They are both social butterflies and are always the life of the party," Graziano said. Despite his adventures traveling around the world, he said he's felt more fulfilled in the presence of his soon-to-be wife.</p><h2>The weddings after the wedding</h2><p>A third wedding celebration in Mykonos, Greece, is already in the works for August, followed by a final wedding reception this fall back in Vancouver.</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60baa4a8e459cb0018a2c5a5-1440/showing the ring off.jpeg" border="0" alt="Showing the ring off" data-mce-source="Michael Graziano" data-mce-caption="Grano showing the ring off."></p><p>"It all happened so fast, but we just don't want to wait any longer to get married,'' Grano said. "I know it's wild to think I met this guy online, fell in love, and moved to a new country, but it was just a go since the first time I heard his voice, not to mention he met 98% of the 100 qualifications on the list for things I wanted to find in a manso when you know, you know, and you just go for it."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>"This is real love, real familythat's what I signed up for, so guess I'll spend the rest of my life trying to meet those last two qualifications," Graziano added.</p><p>Sunday's wedding is open to anyone on Clubhouse. You can tune into the big event <a href="https://www.clubhouse.com/event/xer2ej9b">here</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-first-ever-wedding-clubhouse-app-happening-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/scorpion-venom-most-expensive-liquid-in-the-world-2018-8">Why scorpion venom is the most expensive liquid in the world</a></p>
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