Many couples who got engaged before the COVID-19 crisis have had to face the harsh reality that they might have to cancel any future plans until the virus is under control.
Those who were planning weddings and/or bridal showers have had to cancel and reschedule events without really knowing what the future will hold for them and their big day.
“Unfortunately, there is really no way to plan for a global pandemic,” said Alexandra Straub, who had planned for her wedding to be at the end of March.
Luckily enough for Straub and her husband-to-be Jonathan Sadusky, one state official was willing to make sure they still had their special day, despite the circumstances.
“Both Alexandra and Jonathan are nursing home employees, and I wanted to be able to do something special for them, so I suggested they have their wedding at Mixville Park,” said state representative Liz Linehan (D-103). Linehan is a Justice of the Peace and normally gets a lot of requests to officiate weddings, but this one was different.
“I approached them and told them I would love to help them out,” she said. “They’re so cute and in love — it was the least I could do for them.”
Straub and Sadusky visited Mixville Park to see if the location was suitable for their big day.
“I was really excited that the ceremony would be near the water, which is what we had at our original venue,” Straub explained. Straub and Sadusky’s original wedding would have been held at The Waterview in Monroe.
So, without a whole lot of planning ahead of time, Straub and her fiancé were married at Mixville Park in Cheshire at the end of March, but the couple still has plans to celebrate, once the quarantine is over, in November. Sadusky’s immediate family was able to attend the impromptu ceremony, while Straub’s parents took part via the FaceTime app.
“It would have been nice to have everyone physically present, but we did what we could and it was nice to at least see them over the phone,” added Straub.
Logistically, getting married and obtaining a marriage license in the time of COVID-19 was a bit of a headache for the couple, but Linehan had a solution.
“At the time, the Cheshire Town Hall was closed, so we had no idea how to get a marriage license,” Straub explained. “But Liz told us how Governor Lamont lifted the restriction about getting a marriage license in the town you get married in, so we were able to get a license from Wallingford’s Town Hall, which was still open, and then get married in Cheshire.”
For the couple, the ceremony was exactly what they needed during this crisis.
“You get to a certain point where it’s like, ‘Why not just do it?’” said Sadusky. “We obviously would have liked to have had our wedding, and (we) lost some money, but it ended up being a great day, regardless.”