Across the world, people are finding new ways to be there for their loved ones, even if they can’t be together physically.
Clare Seghers and her fiancé Mel Keefer understand the need for social distancing better than most. Both are medical professionals who have been working in the emergency departments of two different hospitals near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Still, they were determined not to let the outbreak keep them from saying, “I do!”
So they took one day off to tie the knot and postponed their honeymoon. They made several other concessions, including cutting their guest list down to 10 and maintaining social distancing during the ceremony. They knew what really mattered was each other!
“We were just happy to be there and be out of the hospital for a minute,” Mel said. “Delaying the wedding didn’t make sense for us so we tried not to worry about things out of our control.”
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Before the two of them entered Mount St. Carmel Church in St. Francisville, Louisiana, Mel’s mom arranged a wonderful surprise. She and a few other family members printed out headshots of the 100 guests who had planned to come and pinned each one to the church pews. When the lovebirds walked down the aisle, they were blown away!
“I turned around and couldn’t believe it,” Mel said. “It was crazy to see because I know how much time and effort they had to put in to print all those out. It felt really nice.”
Best of all, the celebration wasn’t over yet! When the newlyweds left the church, they found dozens of relatives, friends, and coworkers waiting outside in their cars.
“They were all honking the horns and cheering,” Mel added. “It was a heartwarming surprise.”
The special event was unforgettable for so many reasons.
“It was a good break for both of us to put a lot of sad and negative things to the side and focus on each other for a day,” he said. “It felt like a vacation from everything that’s going on, and I’m thankful for my family and friends that helped us celebrate our marriage.”
Congratulations, Clare and Mel! Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep us safe!
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