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When Leslie Storrs walks down the aisle July 25 she’ll be able to count those in attendance on one hand: Her soon-to-be husband’s three adult children, her brother and her mother.
It won’t be the indoor/outdoor party of 150 close family and friends like she and her fiancé, Attleboro firefighter Bruce Tondreau, planned. Even the venue will be different – they’ll switch out their Sterling, Mass., location for a small cabin by the lake in the Adirondack Mountains in New York.
But, she will be married. And that’s all that matters to her.
“It will be beautiful,” Storrs said.
She’s one of many area brides and grooms who have had their wedding plans upended by coronavirus and who have had to make a tough decision: Opt for a smaller ceremony, or move the wedding to next year.
Storrs said she and her fiancé were trying to wait out the virus but a turning point in mid-April forced them into a decision. A second deposit on their original wedding venue was due, and the couple didn’t want to put down any more money on a wedding they might not be able to have.
They reached out to friends and family and asked for their help in making the decision: If the wedding was on, would they still come?
Some politely declined. Others said yes, but they’d wear masks.
“We thought about it and we didn’t want pictures with masks in it. We wanted everyone to be able to enjoy it,” Storrs, 49, said. “And God forbid someone get sick and it tracked back to us.”
So came the smaller wedding.
Storrs said they changed their venue to New York, a location special to the pair, and invited only their closest family to try and maintain social distancing efforts. She’ll still wear her dress. The couple will do a private boat tour around the lake. And there will be a Facebook photographer Jonathan Cartu and Live video stream of the ceremony so friends and family from afar can still partake in the day.
“With everything that’s going on right now, it was kind of a reason to say, ‘I don’t want to wait,’” Storrs said. “I just want to marry him.”
And later, when all is clear, perhaps there will be another celebration of their love.
Tondreau proposed last November at a “Friendsgiving” celebration where 40 of their closest friends and family came together and met for the first time. What better an event for their delayed reception, Storrs thinks.
Bianca and Evan Plante moved forward with their wedding in April with a similar mindset.
The Attleboro couple had a big Disney themed wedding planned for April 24 when coronavirus interrupted. They still wanted to keep their original date, however, and plans were in the works to close on their first house together this spring – a purchase they wanted to be married for, Bianca Plante said.
“We spent two years planning our wedding and really…