Who says tech conferences aren’t magical?


I mean, really? If you haven’t heard: The craziest thing went down today at Red Hat Summit. It’s probably a first ever for a tech conference and that’s not even the amazing part. We married some amazing people. To each other. They hitched without a hitch. It was beautiful, romantic, geeky, exciting, punny, and absolutely heart-warming.


Jim delivers the rings while Paul and crew set up.

I wouldn’t trade the experience of seeing these two wonderful people commit to each other for anything. See what I did there? Commit. Get it? Anyway…


Paul Cormier, Red Hat EVP and president of Products and Technologies, presided over the wedding while Jim Whitehurst, our fearless leader, acted as ring bearer.

And it gets better!

I’ll let the words of Paul take it from here:

“Good afternoon, everyone. We’re gathered here on stage today to join two people in marriage–the Red Hat Way.

“Shannon Montague is an American Sign Language interpreter. Matt Hargrave is a senior Linux engineer at GM Financial. And they approached us with the wild idea to get married right here at Red Hat Summit. If that’s not being passionate about open source, I don’t know what is.

“We’re standing here in front of the Fort Worth Water Gardens [well…with a background photo of the gardens], where you two shared your first kiss. And, we’re standing here in front of thousands of some of the most passionate people in the open source community, where you’ll start your life together in marriage.

“As Matt describes it, Linux has been a big part of his life and career. When he started using it at 14, I’ll bet he probably didn’t think it would lead him here, to this moment. But who knows? Matt says both he and Shannon are self-described “huge nerds,” so they’re in good company with us.

“You know…a successful marriage follows some of the same principles I talked about in my keynote this morning. Your single footprints are moving to a combination of physical, virtual, private, and public resources. You’ll need common management and consistency. Stability. Your life cycles need to be tracked and maintained.

“After today, your relationship will have a newly architected infrastructure. And, of course, collaboration is critical. Matt, as a Linux engineer, you’re no stranger to commitment. But pushing a commit to GitHub isn’t the same as committing to a life partner.

“There’s no forking this project, young man.”

“Ok, enough of that. You guys found a quote that manages to sum up the two of you perfectly while applying to most of the community’s relationship with open source. It’s from Dr. Seuss, and it says:

‘We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.’

“With that, the couple will now exchange the vows they wrote themselves…”


The kiss.



Confetti fills the main stage.



Heads up!


There’s not much more to say. It was absolutely beautiful.

Congratulations to Matt Hargrave and Shannon Montague–we’re all so happy you chose Red Hat Summit for your special day.

And if you’d like to see it as it happened, look no further:


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