RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – As wedding season kicks off, several couples are faced with the decision to postpone or cancel their big day amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“It’s hit several venues pretty hard,” said Rhonda Rows, owner of Glade Creek Farm. “Some of them decided to close completely, and that’s just an option. We’re not going to do that.”
While Rows hasn’t had any cancellations, she says some of her brides are getting antsy. They face the nightmare of changing something many have dreamed of half their lives.
“We were able to secure a cake, secure a location, get a photographer, get a pastor,” said bride-to-be Laura Lucas. “Our friends were going to be a part of it. There were so many great things that were happening and it seems so unreal how easily and quickly it was coming along.”
Lucas couldn’t imagine putting off the ceremony to marry the love of her life. After spending the past few years praying for her happy ending, she decided sooner rather than later was her best option.
“God had been telling both of us that we were supposed to be together. He has a heart of service, he cares about people and just the way he encourages me. He’s my best friend.”
Laura and Levi have been together for a year and got engaged last month. They planned to get married in April, but thanks to the pandemic, they’re tying the not on Facebook Live this weekend.
“I’m not sure what to expect because everything keeps changing. I’m just living in the moment, but when I think about getting to spend the rest of my life with him, I’m excited.”
Although it’s not the happy ending either had in mind, Lucas can’t wait to start the rest of her life with her soon-to-be husband.