A Canadian couple received married on the Canada-U.S. border so household and associates from each international locations might attend regardless of journey restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lindsay Clowes and Alex Leckie, each 29, exchanged vows on October 10 on a pier alongside the St. Croix River in New Brunswick surrounded by family members.
However friends at St. Stephen Wharf weren’t the one ones to witness the couple’s nuptials. Throughout the river in Calais, Maine, stood aunts, uncles, cousins and associates who additionally watched them tie the knot. In the midst of the river separating the 2 international locations floated a ship the place the Clowes’ grandparents witnessed the big day from a protected distance.
“It could not have gone any higher. I would not change something about it,” Clowes advised CNN. “It turned out to be much more particular than anything we might have achieved.”
The couple, who’ve been collectively for greater than six years, received engaged in November 2019 and deliberate to get married in August 2020. However when the coronavirus pandemic broke out, shutting down borders, colleges, and companies, their plans needed to change.
They initially postponed the marriage to 2021, however as their unique wedding ceremony date got here and went, Clowes stated the 2 determined they could not wait any longer to be married.
“I had this concept at the back of my head I all the time referred to as Plan B to get married on the river so household can be a part of us by boat and the opposite facet of the river,” Clowes stated. “I referred to as my mother and father and I stated, ‘I’ve this concept, what do you suppose?’ They usually beloved it and actually helped us deliver that imaginative and prescient to life so we have been capable of plan it and have the marriage inside six weeks.”
Attributable to coronavirus restrictions, the couple had to verify they did not exceed 50 folks on the Canadian facet and 15 folks on the U.S. facet, and all needed to social distance. Everybody performed position to make the marriage occur, Clowes stated. Her mother and father referred to as the mayor to arrange the occasion, whereas associates did her hair and make-up.
“As I used to be ready to stroll down the aisle, the butterflies began to come back and I began to get slightly bit nervous however as quickly as we walked out and I noticed Alex, and I might see my household within the boat simply off the wharf and our household standing on the wharf, I used to be overwhelmed with happiness to see Alex there and all our household and associates collectively in such a cool and distinctive approach,” Clowes stated.
Whereas it could not have been the marriage they initially envisioned, Clowes stated it was nonetheless the marriage of her desires.