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Images: Real love in virtual worlds

Sometimes, love that sparks in the virtual world spills over into real life.
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Chris and Alayne

Chris Edwards and Alayne Wartell met in the virtual world "Second Life" and eventually got married in the real world. Here, their avatars share a little romantic time.

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Second Life wedding

In preparation for a mass wedding that will take place on Valentine's Day in "Second Life," a female avatar tries out her wedding gown in the cathedral that was specially built for the occasion.

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Second Life cathedral

"Second Life" publisher Linden Lab commissioned a cathedral that will host a mass wedding on Valentine's Day. Ten couples are expected to attend.

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Bride and groom

A bride and groom try out their formal attire in anticipation of their "Second Life" wedding, which will be held in-game on Valentine's Day.

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Brain in jar

Chris Edwards lured his bride with the size of his (virtual) brain, which he kept in a jar somewhere on his "Second Life" property.

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