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Bozeman couple didn't let coronavirus stop wedding day

Posted at 8:05 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 10:12:06-04

BOZEMAN - A Bozeman man had to figure out a way to marry his Canadian fiance before they closed the Canadian and U.S. border due to the coronavirus.

MTN News caught up with the Bozeman couple to hear about how they chose to get married and celebrate their love despite everything going on with the virus.

Ester and James Townly originally had to cancel their wedding when they heard the news of the coronavirus.

"For the time being, we'll just have to see what happens with this whole thing," said Ester.

The two had to think of something fast when they learned the border was going to be closed. So, they decided to get married right away.

Some friends and family weren't able to go to the wedding due to travel restrictions, but Ester's parents were able to make it.

"Just a week ago, I was already mourning the fact that when the wedding takes place in April, as we thought, we would not be able to cross the border. I could see it's going to close, and I thought we were going to miss it. And I'm so thankful we're here right now," said Ulli Hertwig, Ester's mom.

And despite everything going on the two were able to get married on Tuesday.

The couple had to FaceTime family overseas during the ceremony, as well as some other adjustments, but the two decided not to let the coronavirus get in the way of their love.

The two are waiting to plan their honeymoon until things calm down and traveling is no longer restricted in certain places.