While James Rodrigues and Francesa Baldissera’s wedding wasn’t what they expected, they’ll cherish the sweet memory for the rest of their lives.
Because of the novel coronavirus, the couple from Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, had to change their plans, but not even a pandemic could keep them from safely celebrating their love.
In the days leading up to their ceremony in March, James and Francesa weren’t sure they’d be able to tie the knot at all.
Most Catholic churches have canceled mass, but fortunately, their priest got the go-ahead to marry them. While the wedding was still on, many of their loved ones couldn’t make it. Francesa’s brother was in self-isolation, the guest list had to be trimmed down to 29 people, and a reception was out of the question.
That said, Francesa and James nearly broke down at the sight that greeted them as they exited the church as newlyweds.
Waiting outside were their friends and family members! Their loved ones had decided they could still celebrate from a distance, even if they couldn’t attend the ceremony.
After sharing their first dance in a parking lot where everyone could see, James and Francesa were thrilled. Against all odds, they were still able to share this beautiful moment with the people they love most!
“When we’ve gone through quite a rough week, this is very much a joy for our hearts,” a tearful Francesa said.
Congratulations, you two! Your wedding day is such a testament to the power of love and resilience, even in the hardest times.
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