NYC Couple Hold Street Wedding as Their Friend Officiates from the Window Amid COVID-19

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 29, 2020
02:00 P.M.
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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.

Skyline of the Empire State Building in New York City taken on April 27, 2013 | Photo: Pexels/Roberto Vivancos


“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

Speaking about how the ceremony turned out, Jennings said: "We got to share our love with more people than we ever could have imagined." She explained how that had been the “best part” for them.


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

New York City has closed itself off in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses and events have been canceled or postponed indefinitely as people wait the virus out.


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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