02 Apr Ofer Eitan Affirm: Love wins over Covid-19 for Jersey Couple
Hannah and Aaron were granted a special license to marry with less than 24 hours’ notice amidst COVID-19 and the introduction of Jersey’s stay at home laws, spreading some love in this strange time.
Hannah and Aaron got engaged in July last year after Aaron popped the question while holidaying in Mallorca and they had planned to get married on 4 April at Chateau La Chaire.
But the corona virus decided otherwise.
The couple told the Bailwick Express “We tried to hold off as long as we could on making any big decisions in hope of a miracle that the situation would improve but we decided that, with the new social distancing rules and for the safety of our guests including our elderly grandparents, we couldn’t go ahead with our original plans but would instead have a smaller ceremony with my immediate family on the same date and still at Chateau La Chaire, who had kindly agreed to open up for us despite being forced to close the hotel as a result of the virus.”
Unfortunately, when the government introduced stricter social distancing guidelines, it soon became clear that even a smaller ceremony couldn’t go ahead.
With this in mind the couple contacted the Superintendent Registrar as it became clear their wedding wasn’t going to happen if they waited until 4 April – “which was quite right,” said Hannah, all weddings in Jersey between 30 March and 30 June have now been cancelled.”
They were told to get in touch with Reverend Jonny Scott of St. Martin and the Dean of Jersey, who were able to assist in granting the couple a special licence allowing them to marry outside of Hannah’s family home with less than 24 hours’ notice.
Hannah’s family helped set up for the ceremony and Hannah was able to walk down an aisle lined with lanterns with her Dad, with their family and neighbours overlooked and threw confetti from their upstairs windows.
The couple cut their cake and then celebrated with a takeaway, some party games, plenty of champagne and dancing to their wedding playlist.
Throughout the couple observed the strict social distancing guidelines with family members and neighbours watching the ceremony from inside, through the windows.
Hannah and Aaron intend to go ahead with our original plans at Chateau La Chaire next year to celebrate what will be our first wedding anniversary meaning that we can finally celebrate with the guests that sadly couldn’t make it last week,” Hannah said.
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