“I admittedly almost cried when we got our marriage license, because I don’t know whether or not it’s going to happen,” Nguyen says. Her mother lives in Houston, where Nguyen and Gross are scheduled to marry in two weeks in a Catholic ceremony. At each Mass, her mother has been monitoring how the church will handle the situation. “I talked to my mom last night” Nguyen says, “and she texted me this morning.”
Most of their families would need to fly, and many members are elderly. Gross says they’ve already had 20 cancellations. “To be safe, we know we have a lot of people traveling — they have to get on the plane. And, you know, our elderly relatives too. So it’s really about safety.”
Nguyen and Gross had been planning for a year, but in the end, the decision was made for them. A few hours after their interview, the county barred gatherings larger than 10 people.
Meanwhile, Jessica Elizarraras and TJ Skrodzki are videoconferencing with their wedding planner, Jordan Maney, about next steps after they postponed their wedding.
“Do you still want to keep that within 2020?” Maney asks.