A bright moment in an otherwise tough time for the world

By April Willoughby | Apr 10, 2020 ShareShare

Five day​s before the biggest day of their lives, Scott Robinson and Maggie Beitler faced a tough decision: to have their wedding or postpone it. They chose both and couldn’t be happier.

Arizona banned all gatherings over 50 people the Monday before their Saturday wedding, but the Tribal Council of the Indian Reservation they were to be married at actually approved the wedding to proceed. As much as they wanted to have their special day as planned, they opted to cancel the wedding out of concern for the health and safety of their guests. As things continued to change by the hour, Scott and Maggie remained focused on what was most important—each other and getting married.

The weeks leading up to the event were a flurry of finalizing plans for their Phoenix wedding, then cancelling all those plans and re-planning a beach wedding. When the shelter-in-place rules went into effect, location options became limited. Luckily, some friends allowed them to use their private beach access in Santa Cruz.

Since sharing their big moment with friends and family was still important, the couple found a videographer at the last minute to stream the ceremony live. They had 535 log-ins, many of which included multiple people. In all, they estimate 1,200 to 1,500 people watched their wedding!  ​

“We were really happy so many people could be part of our wedding ceremony, and we hope it was a bright moment in an otherwise tough time in the world.”​​ Said Scott. 

Scott and Maggie gracefully rolled with the challenges and ended up having memorable wedding day and rockin’ virtual reception, including the traditional cake cutting, father-daughter dance, and many celebratory toasts. They plan to have a big in-person party as soon as it is possible to do so safely.

Congratulations, Scott and Maggie, on your marriage! May the challenge of being wed during COVID-19 make your bond stronger.

Watch their wedding video here.                                 See more photos here.

Video credits: SmartFlight Weddings                        Photo credits: Amador Photography

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Tags: people | building to improve lives | COVID-19 Awareness | | We not me

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