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'It looks a lot different than we had planned': Pitt Meadows couple's wedding still on amid pandemic

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 9:22 pm PDT

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Summary

Despite Catholic churches closing because of the pandemic, there will be at least one exception

A Coquitlam couple is still getting married Saturday despite setbacks amid the coronavirus pandemic

A Priest in Coquitlam promised the young couple they will be allowed to get married

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Things have gone from bad to worse for a couple trying to get married during the coronavirus pandemic.

The brother of the bride is in self-isolation, two bridesmaids can’t make it, and it is going nothing like they expected, but James¬†Rodrigues and Francesa¬†Baldissera are still getting married Saturday.

“We can still celebrate and have much joy in the midst of a very dark time,” Baldissera said.

Her hairdresser and make-up artist have already cancelled and Rodrigues said their big reception had to be scrapped all after planning for more than a year.

But he said vendors have been providing refunds.

“The only money that we are really out of is invitations that we had sent.”

The wedding was once again put in jeopardy, as Catholic Churches were told to shut their doors this weekend — although a special exemption has been granted.

“We’re still going forward with it, but it looks a lot different than we had planned,” Francesa said.¬†“We do trust that God has a bigger plan for this, and it clearly wasn’t what we had planned.”

A priest in Coquitlam promised the young couple they will be allowed to get married Saturday.