SYou were through the corona pandemic separated or could not celebrate the wedding they had dreamed of: around 500 couples of all denominations were symbolically married in a New York park on Sunday in order to overcome the sad moments of the pandemic together. Many could hardly hold back their tears.
“We were going to get engaged in Hawaii on March 24, 2020, but of course the pandemic ruined everything,” Erica Hackman told the AFP news agency, while in her wedding dress she and her husband Richard enjoy the festive atmosphere in Manhattan’s Damrosch Park. A few months after the broken engagement, they found out that they were expecting a child – and were married in the closest family circle with the typical corona restrictions. Now they caught up on their dream wedding.
The ceremony was organized by Lincoln Center and was performed by an imam, a rabbi and a pastor. The renowned cultural institute originally planned the big wedding for all couples who Pandemic were separated or whose marriage was ruined. But other couples were also welcome.
They included Wonderful Lloyd-Kline, 56, and her wife, Anisa, from Toronto, Canada. Although they have been married since 2008, they also wanted to take part in the celebration: “There is so much hate these days. Having a day that just celebrates love is important,” Lloyd-Kline said.
Amidst the strolling couples, Anne-Marie Colon stood alone with only a photo of her fiancé Louis Steven, the “love of her life”. He died of Covid-19 in April 2020. “We wanted to get married in Aruba,” said the 59-year-old. “And so I thought it would be a beautiful celebration of the life that he and I had together for 11 years.”