Love is not cancelled

With the COVID-19 Coronavirus spreading across the entire planet, it is easy to look around these days and see we are sheltering in place at home in safety, socially distancing ourselves during mandatory grocery shopping missions and large events are being cancelled for the foreseeable future. For couples awaiting their wedding date during this unprecedented global crisis, there is certainly confusion, uncertainty, doubt and depression. Weeks ago everything mattered – which wedding hashtag to pick, the perfect signature cocktail, where to spend your honeymoon unwinding after months of planning madness – and now all that matters is having each other. In an official statement from its website, the CDC states, “Officials may ask you to modify, postpone, or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants, and the community. The details of your emergency operations plan should be based on the size and duration of your events, demographics of the participants, complexity of your event operations, and type of on-site services and activities your event may offer.” I have BREAKING NEWS for you: Love is not cancelled.

This past Monday, March 30th, I came across a post in my local community Facebook group by a friend named Angela who was seeking volunteers who were interested in raising the spirits of a couple of local residents. Angela’s husband, Rick, was a pastor at The South Church of Mount Prospect, which coincidentally is located just a stone’s throw from my house. Rick was contacted by a deacon who was searching for a way to help a couple who was intending on getting married at another local Mount Prospect church, St Raymond Parish, but was unable to because the church was indefinitely closed and he unfortunately couldn’t marry them off-site.  The couple, Steve and Teri Gonczy, were residents of Mount Prospect and also happened to live just around the corner from my house. As Angela wrote on Facebook,…

Tuesday, March 31st, at 2:00 pm, Rick will marry them in the sanctuary of the South Church. That’s it – just the 4 of us with proper physical distancing. However, I was thinking that if we walked them down the aisle and out the front doors of the church that it would be way cool if they were greeted with a bunch of people cheering for them and maybe holding signs saying something like “Congratulations Steve & Teri”. Balloons, kazoos, pinwheels would all be acceptable. Properly distanced of course, especially since they are in the “at risk” group because of their age. If those of you outside the church could snap some pics and send them to me and/or post them on our page then we could “shower” them with more pics and make their occasion a little more memorable in these strange times.

I immediately commented,”I would love to donate my services 100% free”.

Yesterday at 2:00pm on Tuesday, March 31st at the The South Church of Mount Prospect, I photographed powerful displays of love and the bonds that connect the fabric of our society.

Love has not been cancelled. Community has not been cancelled. Kindness has not been cancelled.

We are in this together!

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Congratulate the happy couple!

Leave a comment to the couple so they may remember your well-wishes through the years as they stop back to revisit their wedding day photos.

  1. Congratulations Steve & Teri! I was so happy to be able to surprise you with music and a sign. Wishing you all the best!

  2. Teri and Steve-Although I don’t know you, I couldn’t have been happier to partake in your happiness on your wedding day. May you have a beautiful life together – as beautiful as both of you.
    Love always wins. Your new friend, Linda Phillips

  3. Congratulations Teri and Steve! It was an honor to join you at a distance to celebrate your love! Wishing you many years of love and happiness!
    💖Julie

  4. Congratulations Aunt Teri and Steve! What a beautifully written article to go along with such beautiful photos of such a special day! So wonderful to see all the people outside showing their love with signs. Enjoy your love and happiness together forever. Love you!

  5. Congratulations Teri and Steve. Wishing you every happiness and may you share many wonderful, loving years together. Hugs to you both!

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