Love in the Time of Covid

Thomas Lally |

2020 has been a year to forget, but for us, also one to remember.  After moving into our new house, Susie and I realized that if we wanted to get married outside – which seems like the safe choice right now – we were quickly running out of nice weather to do it.

We always knew it would be small.  Planning a big wedding and making large deposits for 2021 seemed a bit risky, if we could even find a place that had availability.  We considered several options.  A Christmas wedding sounded lovely, but that would have required some of it happening inside, at a time when flu season is getting started.  We thought about delaying until the spring, when this pandemic will hopefully be at least a little better, but we didn’t want to wait any longer to be married.

So we decided this fall would be the best time to have our small wedding.  It didn’t leave much time to plan, but in some ways that was a blessing.  We had to make decisions quickly and move onto the next item, with not much chance to second guess ourselves.  I avoided having to decide between paper or cloth napkins, and didn’t need to consider all the different types of white linen table cloths.  The most significant decision came when we rented a house in Truro, Massachusetts.  It had beautiful views of Pamet Harbor, but more importantly a truly gigantic, wrap around deck for all of the outdoor festivities.

Dinner was takeout from a local Italian restaurant.  We played music from a Bluetooth connected Bose speaker.  My best friend – who got ordained several years ago for another friend’s wedding – officiated.  Otherwise the guest list was immediate family only, although between us we have 5 siblings, multiple in-laws, and a few nieces.

We then got to spend the rest of the week in the Truro house, relaxing and eating lots of leftover cake.  Both of our parents spent time with us during the week as well.  And as the days and weeks went by with no reported illnesses, we could breathe a big sigh of relief.

I may not have pictured our wedding happening like this, but it all worked out in the end.  It was small, intimate, and relatively inexpensive.  But most importantly, everyone had a great time.  During this crazy year, it was so nice to have a few days of peace, and have something truly beautiful to celebrate.

The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.