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NJ Reverends Talk Weddings Under Coronavirus

NJ Reverends Talk Weddings Under Coronavirus

With coronavirus upending so much of our daily routines, it’s no surprise that even big days are getting crossed off the calendar. Reverends Lydia Gilbert and Rachel Addonizio say the pandemic has forced many New Jersey couples to reschedule their “I do’s.”

Gilbert and Addonizio are co-founders of Love and Light Wedding Officiants, LLC. After meeting in kindergarten, the two have channeled their backgrounds in teaching and counseling into marrying couples.

While often called “recession-proof,” the wedding industry has had to adjust to life under lockdown. Gilbert and Addonizio say that many of their couples have had to move dates months—or even a year—away.

“Overall, our couples have made the difficult and heart-wrenching decision to protect their families and friends,” the pair told Hip New Jersey. “We are extremely proud of our couples in that they have tackled this issue…with fervor.”

Love and Light has had to move dates for more than 25 couples who’d planned on Spring 2020 ceremonies. Gilbert and Addonizio say that because of social distancing, marriage licenses have become scarce.

“Couples who have not applied for their marriage license found all the registrars’ offices closed,” the reverends said. They added that those with paperwork have only been able to arrange small ceremonies with a few witnesses.

With figures still muddy on when states will reopen, Gilbert and Addonizio say that the “old normal” is far off.

“This unprecedented time in our world’s history has highlighted the need to further investigate creative avenues for people who want to get married,” they said. “What we do know is that love wins, and we will continue to advocate for our couples.”

To learn more about Reverend Lydia Gilbert and Reverend Rachel Addonizio, be sure to visit their website.

For everything Garden State, keep up with HipNewJersey.com!

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Bridget McAllister

Born and raised in Scotch Plains, Bridget McAllister studied Television, Radio & Film at Syracuse University before returning to New Jersey in 2019. With a passion for multimedia production and a background in nonfiction and journalism, she loves learning more about all that goes on in her home state. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and writing for pleasure.

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