Josefa Collazo
JRNM 151

Braving the COVID-19 pandemic scare, two Lorain love birds said “I do” at a scaled down wedding from 100 guests to 15, and beamed the exchange of rings on Mar. 21 on Facebook so their friends and relatives could witness the ceremony.

Six months before the word “coronavirus” began to appear in the news, Priscila Collazo began preparing for her dream wedding with her sweetheart Abdiel Perez, also a Lorain resident, in Florida.

Collazo, 22, hoped for a large wedding with music and dance. But, when the risks of coronavirus pandemic set in, Collazo’s wedding plan skidded downhill. One by one, families from all around the country cancelled their flights. Perez’s family members from Puerto Rico were not allowed to fly in to the U.S.  Priscila goes from 100 plus guests to 15 which includes the wedding party.

The bride with her father.         Submitted Photo

To add to her woes, the videographer, wedding coordinator, the musicians and the makeup artist had cancelled their appointments.

“There were definitely a lot of prayers, and finding peace in Christ. In chaos like that, you can have a lot of stress and anxiety,” Collazo said.

While all seems at a loss, these setbacks didn’t stop the couple from pushing through to make their special day a memorable one. They decided on a small wedding near the pool of the condo where Collazo had moved in, thanks to her grandfather who came up with the idea.

As the number of guests dwindled, Collazo had to cancel one of the two wedding cakes, cut down the quantity of flowers, rental items and had to haggle to get her deposit back.

Without a wedding coordinator, Collazo and Perez had to reorganize their wedding within seven days.

The groom.                         Submitted Photo

It is now Saturday morning and Priscila schedules a morning hair appointment, does her own makeup and keeps her dress. Family and friends are graciously willing to do all they can to make this day as special as possible for her. From friends of the condo attending and providing snacks, to individuals volunteering to take the place of the videographer and the broadcasting of Facebook Live for family and friends who cannot make it.

But their challenges didn’t end there. Their honey moon to Disneyworld hits a snafu. It was shut down forcing the newlyweds to rent a cozy cabin in Georgia for their honey moon.

“Interesting way to start a life-long commitment, even before getting married, we are already going through a period of trusting God and putting everything in his hands,” Perez said.

(Priscila is the author’s sister.)