One Manhattan couple was not about to let the coronavirus pandemic spoil their special day.
Alex Fishman and Anthony Shirk were scheduled to get married last weekend in upstate New York, People reports. Concerned for the safety of their guests, they smartly postponed their ceremony and reception until November.
But after a year-and-a-half engagement, the couple decided to tie the knot on their original wedding date—with friends and family watching the intimate ceremony via Zoom, a popular video conferencing platform. Congrats, boys!
“While the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of fear and uncertainty, [Shirk] and I are happy to share some light amidst the darkness—we made it official (on our original wedding date)!” Fishman wrote on Instagram.
Gay Couple Marries During Coronavirus Outbreak as Would-Be Guests Watch from Home https://t.co/l4YkWK5DE8
— People (@people) March 23, 2020
“We feel blessed to be surrounded by so much love, and while we never pictured getting married with our families watching on Zoom, it was somehow perfect.”
“We feel at ease now being a married couple and hopefully providing our families and friends with at least a little bit of happiness during these couple of weeks that have been very challenging,” Fishman told People.
“At the end of the day, it’s about a union of two people and the unrelenting commitment, in spite of all the external factors that are happening in the world,” added Shirk. “So I think it’s just a reminder of what a marriage entails.”
About 15-20 relatives and close friends logged on to watch the intimate wedding, which was held in Battery Park, within walking distance from the couple’s home.
The couple met in September 2014 through the dating app Hinge. https://t.co/zWyY4y6ZU0
— Times Out (@timesout) March 22, 2020
Four friends and the officiant attended the ceremony in person but practiced social distancing.
Fishman and Shirk, both 29, met in 2014 on the dating app Hinge, much like Pete and Chasten Buttigieg.
The couple’s planned honeymoon to Puerto Rico has also been postponed.
With rising cases of COVID-19 in New York City accounting for a third of all cases in the U.S., Mayor Bill de Blasio has called the city “the epicenter of this crisis.”