NYC Couple Hold Street Wedding as Their Friend Officiates from the Window Amid COVID-19
People are doing what they can to stay safe amid the coronavirus outbreak, however, the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from fulfilling their dreams.
Last Friday, a New York couple enlisted the help of their friend to assist them in getting married. Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler held an uncommon wedding ceremony on a street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights.
Matt Wilson was the friend and licensed marriage officiant who helped them tie the knot. Making sure to stay safe from the outbreak, Wilson called out the vows to the couple below from his fourth-floor window.
“The most New York moment ever”
Speaking to “CNN” later on about the ceremony, Jennings said: "It was the most New York moment ever and was even more special to share with the entire neighborhood in such a scary and uncertain time." The couple’s wedding was supposed to happen in October 2020.
We got to share our love
However, due to the virus, the pair decided to rush things and went to the New York City Marriage Bureau on Thursday where they got a marriage license. On the day of their wedding, as they were about to do things officially, they got bad news.
New York mayor closes marriage bureau
Mayor Bill de Blasio had closed the bureau indefinitely for safety reasons. As they mulled over the possibility of never getting married, Wilson informed them that he was ordained by the county clerk of New York and could marry them.
They asked him if he could do it in the next 24 hours outside his window and he agreed. The excited couple quickly wrapped up work and got dressed for the occasion before heading to their friend’s home.
Getting married in the street
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we were supposed to get married in October. the reality of that happening in our current climate seemed slim. Amanda’s business closed and everything has just blown up. we got our marriage license yesterday and were walking out the door to get hitched at the courthouse when the mayor announced the immediate closure of the marriage bureau. 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 (nyc has weird laws that you have to be married by someone ordained by this county clerk). we said YES, finished our work meetings, walked down the street to his apartment and got married below his fourth story window as the neighborhood looked on alongside 4 of our best friends @kktapper @harold_gibbons @joselynmujica (& @erikahenningsen through a car because #socialdistancing). what a day. amidst the uncertainty and despair we all feel right now, marrying the love of my life in the most NYC moment was perfect. i’ve waited 4 years to call @wheelsfit my wife and this was all just the cherry on top of the love i feel every day. ❤️
The unique wedding ceremony
Jennings took to her Instagram account where she shared a, now viral, video of their unique ceremony. She captioned the clip writing: “Our very New York wedding!”
New York is shut down
just witnessed the most incredible thing. after being read a passage from “love in the time of cholera” from a marriage officiant 5 stories up, down below, these two souls were married on the streets of upper manhattan. what. a. coronavirus. moment. pic.twitter.com/8MBOj5VLlp— Talal Ansari (@TalalNAnsari) March 21, 2020
Getting married with only two friends
Another wedding happened all the way in the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic. Claire and Matt Zinsner had a ceremony at St Pancras in London in front of just two close friends.
Not waiting to tie the knot
Their friends served as witnesses and the only other people there was the station staff. The pair decided not to wait until next month for their wedding because of the uncertainty that the virus brings.
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