For months, Jennifer Seyler and Andrew Featheringham of Beacon Falls had been planning their big day. They were going to get married in Ohio, at the groom’s grandparents’ church, with their friend and music director at Trinity Church, Sam Taubl, officiating.
But about week before the set date, March 21, a global pandemic turned their lives upside-down. “Everything changed over the course of two days,” Jennifer said. The trip to Ohio, the honeymoon in Italy, the reception with some 130 good friends and family, everything was questioned, postponed, finally canceled.
They did get married, albeit at Trinity Evangelical, their home church, with ten of their closest family members in attendance. (This was before the governor changed the order to allow less than five people to congregate). The groom’s parents drove from Ohio, with their three Great Danes and a basset hound in tow, all of which were very near and dear to the groom.
They even found a photographer at the last minute to provide a record of the special day. They walked from the church to the dog park at the Fitzgerald Tract to take pictures. Perfect strangers stopped and congratulated them, which the newly-weds appreciated.
As of this week, they went back to work. Seyler is an occupational therapist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury; Featheringham is an engineer at Sikorsky.
As for the wedding reception, they are hoping that there will be a time in the future to catch up. “We’ll have a reception sometime in the future,” Jennifer said, cheerfully.