This couple just wanted to lock it down, before lockdown.
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, engaged couples around the world have been forced to reschedule their weddings - but one New York couple couldn't wait - so much so they tied the knot, with social distancing heavily involved.
Altough, the groom Reilly Jennings and her partner Amanda Wheeler were planning to get married in October, the two considered the unpredictability surrounding coronavirus lockdowns, so they decided to make it official between them in the middle of a New York street.
“The reality of that happening in our current climate seemed slim,” Jennings, 28, wrote in an Instagram post.
“Amanda’s business closed and everything has just blown up.”
Although the lovers most definitely sealed the deal with a kiss, the two made sure their friend and marriage officiant, Matt Wilson undertook the ceremony from a safe distance. Four levels up in an apartment block to be precise.
“Amidst the uncertainty and despair we all feel right now, marrying the love of my life in the most NYC moment was perfect,” Jennings wrote.
“We… were walking out the door to get hitched at the courthouse when the mayor announced the immediate closure of the marriage bureau,” Jennings said.
“After several hours of crying (& drinking), one of our dear friends @iknowmattwilson sent us a message saying he was ordained and could marry us through the state of NY.”
The couple took him up on his offer - Jennings dressed in a white romper with sneakers, while Wheeler wore a white V-neck shirt, black blazer, and dark jeans - headed to their friend’s apartment, where their union was recognised.
“The neighborhood looked on alongside 4 of our best friends @kktapper @harold_gibbons @joselynmujica (& @erikahenningsen through a car because #socialdistancing),” Jennings wrote.
The two stayed a safe distance apart from others to avoid spreading the virus and managed to have their big day.
Congratulations to the couple!
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