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Couple Gets Married Twice So Grandma Can Safely Watch The Ceremony.

Coming up with creative solutions to novel coronavirus restrictions has become part of “the new normal.”

One pair of newlyweds from Richmond, Virginia, want to tell the world that when it comes to celebrating safely, where there’s a will there’s a way!

When Harvey Sydnor and Virginia Whitlock got engaged in August 2019, they had no way of knowing their big day would be so difficult to pull off the following October. They planned a large affair with all their loved ones, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, they were forced to scale their celebration back.

One big change was that the bride’s grandmother, who has dementia and is in assisted living at Winsor Senior Center, wouldn’t be able to attend at all. It was simply too risky with her poor health. They went ahead and tied the knot in the rain on October 11, but they were still determined to include Virginia’s grandmother somehow.

Not long after, they did just that! The senior center’s activities director worked with the bride and groom to hold a second “mock” wedding on the home’s front porch just for their grandma!

Harvey shared a video of Virginia’s grandmother watching her walk down the “aisle,” and her reaction is too pure for this world!

“Oh, she’s so beautiful!” she cried as Virginia came over.

She continued to ooh and aah throughout the couple’s second vow exchange. Afterward, they were able to speak through a window. It was clear that she was beyond thrilled to see her granddaughter get married, even if it was a redo!

This is another brilliant solution to a very modern problem! Virginia and Harvey even brought their wedding cake, and everyone stayed safe and healthy!

Watch the sweet mock ceremony in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story to spread the love.

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