Dr. Jennifer Hartstein was featured in the article below as Yahoo Life Mental Health contributor and practicing psychologist.
If all had gone to plan, Vanessa Charles and her fiancé would be getting married in Greece on Sept. 1. The coronavirus pandemic derailed the couple’s dreams of a wedding abroad, along with the deposits they’d put down. But their determination to say “I do” this summer hasn’t waned, and with states easing shelter-in-place restrictions regarding weddings, churches and other venues, the show will go on — with a few significant adjustments.
Charles has scrapped her destination wedding in Greece in favor of a ceremony with 100-plus guests in Madeira Beach, Fla. this August. Aspects of the event, including dancing and dining options, still hinge on the state’s reopening progress, and guests will receive custom face masks featuring the couple’s wedding date “for everyone to wear and a fun keepsake to remember this time in history,” she tells Yahoo Life.
Though many couples pushed back their planned nuptials due to the pandemic, Charles says the crisis “made us realize how much we’d really like to be surrounded by the people we love on our big day.”