A Nova Scotia couple mentioned “I do” on the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend, proving not even COVID-19 journey restrictions can get in the way in which of an ideal wedding ceremony.
Lindsay Clowes and Alex Leckie have been married on a wharf alongside the St. Croix River in St. Stephen, N.B., so their household and mates throughout the river in Maine may share within the celebrations.
“It was actually neat as a result of I may see, you already know, Alex standing on the altar in entrance of me. I may see our household on the U.S. facet, after which I may see a few of my relations within the boat simply out from the wharf,” Clowes instructed CBC’s Maritime Midday on Tuesday.
It wasn’t the marriage they initially deliberate, however the newlyweds say they would not change a factor.
“There’s not an oz. of disappointment that we determined to go this route. It is positively a narrative that we’ll keep in mind and be telling for years to come back,” Clowes mentioned.
Visitors on the Maine facet of the St. Croix River additionally watched a dwell stream of the ceremony. (Beth Bernardini)
Clowes was born in New Brunswick and grew up in Calais, Maine, the place a lot of her household nonetheless lives.
The couple’s plan to carry a marriage not removed from their house in Windsor, N.S., was derailed by COVID-19, and journey restrictions meant visitors from the U.S. have been barred from coming or would wish to self-isolate for 2 weeks.
Clowes mentioned she was decided to make a pandemic wedding ceremony occur even when it took a little bit of planning and a variety of assist.
“After I instructed my mother about this concept, I feel she was on the cellphone with the mayor in St. Stephen about two seconds later to search out out if it was doable for us to tug this off,” she mentioned.
Clowes’s mother and father from Maine self-isolated for 2 weeks in New Brunswick so they may attend the marriage on the Canada facet. (Lindsay Clowes)
The couple was required to ship their wedding ceremony plans to the city exhibiting the 30 or so visitors on the New Brunswick facet would bodily distance throughout the nuptials.
St. Stephen permits gatherings of as much as 50 individuals so long as they bodily distance.
Clowes and Leckie additionally obtained the go-ahead from officers in Calais the place about 15 of their family and friends gathered on the wharf.
There have been even relations watching from a ship about 4 metres from the St. Stephen wharf. Fortunately, the water was calm and the solar was out, Clowes mentioned.
“The wind simply appeared to cease only for our ceremony. It was simply fantastic,” she mentioned.
Whereas visitors in Maine may see the ceremony throughout the river, expertise helped them hear it.
“We did dwell stream it by way of a Fb group we created and we have been in a position to dwell stream it to everybody throughout the water, and everybody in Canada that wasn’t in a position to make it to the ceremony,” Leckie mentioned.
Regardless of the logistics of holding a marriage separated by a world border, he mentioned all the pieces went easily.
“I used to be simply extremely comfortable,” he mentioned.
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The couple is planning to collect with family and friends subsequent 12 months for a viewing social gathering of their distinctive wedding ceremony ceremony if public well being rules enable it.
“What makes me actually smile after I give it some thought is that everyone who was there on the wedding ceremony that day performed a component in serving to us to tug it off,” Clowes mentioned.
“Having that group effort and figuring out how a lot our family and friends cared for us and helped us to tug it off was simply superb.”