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Improvising to say 'I do,' chapel offers curbside ceremonies

Posted at 2:26 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 16:39:20-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Neither rain nor a rapidly-spreading virus was going to stop Miles Wyckoff and Kathryn Boltz from coming together as one on Monday.

"We are here today and happy to celebrate the miracle of love," said officiant Lankford Blair.

Miles and Kathryn, who have been together for two years, had originally planned to tie the knot in an elaborate ceremony in Raleigh.

"We had big plans - about 100 people, a big party and much more - but now we can't cross state lines," Kathryn explained.

Instead, they are planted on the porch of the Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast, also home to the Wedding Chapel.

"Before coronavirus hit, we were doing a brisk business, " said Blair. "March is one of our busiest months, but then we quickly had to start making adjustments."

Blair has now officiated 10 curbside ceremonies since March 28.

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"America is a drive-thru world. Couples pull up, they must have a valid marriage license, they can stay in the car or come out to the lawn or the porch," said Blair. "We follow all social distance guidelines."

"We are blessed to be able to do this today," said Miles. "We even did a Facebook live because even with all the uncertainty, we still wanted to bring people together when they can't be physically together."

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Love is still a go in a world that has nearly come to a halt.

"Why stop our wedding day for anything? If you want to be in love, have a good time, just do it. Don't let anything stop you," said Miles.

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