Couple engaged on the entrance traces throughout a pandemic dream wedding ceremony – WSOC TV

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Couple working on the front lines during a pandemic dream wedding - WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE – A Charlotte couple who have been on the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 will see a wedding exceeding their wildest dreams in about a month.

Wedding planners, who lost money at the height of the pandemic, decided to volunteer their resources to help a firefighter and nurse who have already given so much.

“We still don’t believe it,” said Emily Bellow.

She was still in awe on her second trip to the Separk Mansion in Gastonia.

“We thought, ‘Wow, this is too good to be true,” Bellow told Channel 9.

The mansion is one of the best wedding locations in the area, and people save up for years to celebrate their wedding there.

Bellow and her fiancé Cody McCray get the villa, a photographer and flowers – for free.

“I feel like we won the wedding lottery,” said Bellow.

Last March, McCray, a Charlotte firefighter, was among the first, along with other firefighters, to respond to calls from people with COVID symptoms. Bellow was a nurse at Novant Health and saw the effects of the virus on patients.

“It was easy, there are no words,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my career. And I hope that I will never experience something like that again. “

The couple heard that Separk and other planners, dealing with numerous wedding cancellations, were giving away a free wedding to people fighting for everyone’s safety.

Bellow and McCray won.

“Because, you know, at a time when everyone is struggling, they decided to give something,” Bellow told Channel 9. “And the fact that they are giving us this gift is just amazing.”

When the world collapsed, Bellow and McCray didn’t think the plans would restart like this.

“There are no words for the fact that they brought us the wedding of our dreams. I mean, I still can’t believe this is real life every day, ”Bellow said.

Separk Mansion’s operators said they and the other wedding vendors wanted those who struggled in dire circumstances to know how much they are valued.

“I speak for all of us when we say … thank you for everything the community has done for us through all of this,” said Bellow.

Bellow said that she and her fiancé originally planned an intimate wedding with their closest friends, but the Separk Mansion can accommodate up to 250 people for a wedding to join them on their special day.

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