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While many couples have been forced to cancel or postpone their weddings due to COVID-19, a Toronto couple opted to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony, live streamed to nearly 60 of their closest family and friends.
Mihai Miclea and Lina Marie Maiorano had been looking forward to their March 28 nuptials since they became engaged in September 2018. In an interview with CTV News, Miclea said that both he and Maiorano knew that postponing their wedding out of public safety was “the right thing to do.”
“But you only have kind of two options,” he said, “which is either you get mad and you hate everything or you enjoy everything and make the most of it.”
While COVID-19 put a damper on their plans to host a 250 person ceremony and reception, the pair knew they wanted to do something special for what they had dreamed would be the happiest day of their lives.
Miclea and Maiorano, both 27, decided to go ahead with their planned union and exchanged vows in front of an officiant at their home in Toronto. Both of the couple’s parents acted as witnesses while their closest friends and family watched via a videoconferencing app.
Maiorano chose not to wear the wedding dress she had purchased for the big day, opting for something simple and elegant instead.
“I honestly was only really focusing in on him,” she said of the pared-down ceremony. “And I don’t think it would have felt any different if we were in our reception and going through our entire wedding we had planned.”
In a touching gesture, some of the couple’s friends held an impromptu parade outside of their building. Friends held signs, honked their horns and popped champagne as the newlyweds watched from their balcony. Following the ceremony, the couple continued celebrating with their friends online holding their own “mini reception” into the night.
The pair have rescheduled their reception for September, but are happy that they were able to keep everything in perspective during what has undoubtedly been a stressful period.
“Now everything else just doesn’t matter as much. I don’t care now if things don’t go exactly how they’re supposed to be on Sept. 25, because things did not go the way they were supposed to go yesterday,” Maiorano explained. “And we made it through and had a great time, and we’re married and that’s what matters, and that’s what we’re happy about.”