- The current global situation couldn't stop one Quebec couple from tying the knot.
- Their wedding plans may have fallen through, but Marie-Ève Leblanc and Jonathan Piccolo still managed to find a way to unite their love.
- Read about this couple's wedding during the time of crisis below!
The coronavirus pandemic has recently put Quebec on pause, with all events and gatherings being banned. Several projects that had been underway for months, even years, have been cancelled, which is causing a void in our society. But, even after seeing all their wedding plans fall through, this Quebec couple got married — despite the pandemic.
As they were leaving their dance class on Sunday, March 15, less than a week before their wedding date, we can only imagine what was going through the heads of Marie-Ève Leblanc and Jonathan Piccolo as they heard turned on the news.
Everything for their upcoming wedding had been planned, the first dance had been choreographed and perfected, the preparations were all complete, and all that remained was to finally take action and unite their lives, after a whole year of preparation.
But unfortunately, disasters don't care about plans and weddings. And it was only a few hours later that they understood the extent of this reality.
With a simple phone call from the manager of their reception hall on their way home, they learned that their wedding, which was scheduled for March 21, 2020, would be cancelled.
As soon as they arrived home, the news hit them hard, as Marie-Eve explains:
"When we got home, I collapsed. I just laid in a little ball in my bed. We were talking about a year's worth of preparation that was falling apart. "
The next day, the couple had to find the courage to call all their suppliers to undo what had taken them hours to carefully choose their 1920s themed wedding.
Luckily for them, given the rather unique circumstances, all the companies they dealt with agreed to put things on standby until the crisis was over and the wedding could take place.
It took quite a bit of time for them to deal with all the logistics, and eventually, the fiancés realized that what really broke their hearts was not the fact that they had to cancel everything.
It was the fact that they would not be married in the next few days.
"It wasn't the party, it wasn't the pain, it was that we weren't gonna be husband and wife on March 21st as planned. That's what hit us," the couple told Narcity.
Finally, the officiant for their wedding, who is a friend of the family, contacted them and offered to marry them at his home.
Knowing that they could still unite their lives in spite of everything, they did not hesitate to do so. But, they knew that things would have to be done very carefully to minimize the chances of contamination.
Accompanied by Marie-Eve's parents as witnesses and their three children from previous unions, they went to the officiant's home for a quick but loving ceremony.
They even posted a live video so that all their loved ones could share this moment with them.
Of course, they all kept their distance and remained aware of the current situation in this celebration.
"We were enough... Even today, we're still very emotional because we were facing each other and we [were] uniting... We shed tears, we cried, we laughed... We were happy, but we were still aware of what we're going on in the world."
They then ordered pizza at home and reminisced about the moment they had just experienced.
They now have beautiful memories and pictures to remember this moment forever, but also to mark the meaning of their actions.
"Taking a picture in the street in front of the house with our gloves and masks was like turning your nose up at the disease and saying, 'You took away our fun party, but you didn't take away our love and sincerity,'" the couple said.
For the newlyweds, it was a perfect wedding and they have no regrets about the preparations they had planned.
While they had organized a rather traditional wedding, including the chapel, the reception hall, the hairdresser, the make-up artist, the musicians, etc. — this simple ceremony was all they needed to celebrate their love.
In closing, Jonathan's message is most inspiring and romantic:
"No matter what happens in everyday life... as long as love is there, as long as you love each other and that's the number one reason why we get married, nothing can stop you."
"Even if it were the end of the world, we would have found a way to get married."
Marie-Eve, for her part, concluded by saying that she hopes that their story can remind the public that we are still alive, we are still here, and we only need to find the spark to remember it.
Thus, after this testimony full of love and hope, one notices how important it is, if it is your birthday, your wedding day, the birth of your child or any other special event, not to hesitate to mark the occasion in a festive way, but while respecting the government's recommendations.
Of course, things have changed rapidly since then and people are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary travel, but with technology, we have more opportunities than ever to connect with people remotely and celebrate life's milestones, it would be a shame not to take advantage of this.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.