4 Viral Wedding Stories That Brought Us Joy This Year (and Maybe Made Us Shed a Tear)

Not even 2020 can stop love!

Lauren and Patrick

JessCaste Photography

What a year it has been. No matter how you’ve been affected, it was a difficult year for everyone. Truthfully, we could all use a pick-me-up!

With all the bad news we’ve endured this year, it hardly seems fair to complain about a postponed or downsized wedding. But a lot of brides and grooms had to make the hard decision to rearrange their dream weddings after months (or even years) of planning. Some of these pivots and postponements actually made for some heart-warming stories of nuptials that went viral. So, we’ve gathered them here for you in one place to provide some feel-good wedding news that will bring you some joy just in time for the holidays. Here’s to more good news like this in 2021!

Read on to be touched and inspired by these uplifting stories.

Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis

City Hall, wedding donation

Sophie Cazottes Photography

When the pandemic changed their wedding plans, this Chicago couple turned their nonrefundable catering deposit into Thanksgiving dinner for over 200 people affected by mental illness or substance use. The two still tied the knot at City Hall on Oct. 1 proving that love always wins.

Lauren Jimenez and Patrick Delgado

Lauren and Patrick Covid Bride

JessCaste Photography

After rearranging their wedding plans multiple times due to the pandemic, Bride Lauren Jimenez contracted Covid-19 days before she and hubby-to-be Patrick Delgado were finally set to tie the knot. But they were determined to wed despite this setback. So Jimenez sat in a window on the second story of her parents’ home and the two read their vows in a safe and extra special ceremony (Think: modern-day Rapunzel). Jimenez quarantined for 10 more days before the couple reunited and Delgado finally kissed his bride!

Bethany Boykin

Bride's first look
Taylor Dail Photography

Bride Bethany Boykin arranged a touching first look of her wedding gown for grandmother Dot Beaman in hospice a few months before her special day. The moment was captured by friend and photographer Taylor Dail. Sadly, just eight days after the beautiful moment, Beaman passed away. On the day of her November wedding, Boykin said she was confident that her grandmother was watching from heaven.

Charisma Jamison and Cole Sydnor

Charisma and Cole wedding photo
Ashley Peterson Photography

Charisma Jamison and Cole Sydnor are known for their YouTube channel, “Roll with Cole and Charisma” which documents their relationship. After nearly three years together, the couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in November. And their sweet wedding photos soon went viral. "I think the photos really showed the raw emotion and captured the very special moments," Jamison told Today. "To have pictures that actually captured the true love and the emotions from that moment was awesome for us and for everyone else."

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