Eleven years in the past, Shaunna West began an on-line weblog referred to as Completely Imperfect.
Little did she know that at some point, within the midst of a pandemic, she would wed the person of her goals in a Completely Imperfect ceremony.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2020, Shaunna West and Andrew Parker grew to become husband and spouse in a Quarantine Marriage ceremony at their house in Palos Verdes in Troy.
The couple had deliberate to be married someday in Could and, though no plans for the ceremony had been set in stone, it most likely would have been an intimate but conventional wedding ceremony.
Nevertheless, COVID-19 took heart stage and their plans for the marriage have been unsure.
“We thought issues would possibly open again up however we couldn’t be certain,” West mentioned. “We additionally knew that we most likely wouldn’t have the ability to have a ceremony with a whole lot of relations and buddies in a single place. Andrew and I have been prepared; the children have been prepared, so we determined, ‘Let’s do it!”
The couple’s plan for his or her Quarantine Marriage ceremony was for a web based assembly room and their household and buddies may “zoom in” and share within the happiness of their wedding ceremony day.
The marriage social gathering and their friends wouldn’t solely have the ability to personally be part of the ceremony but additionally have the ability to talk with one another. Though not the marriage the couple had deliberate however, given the occasions, it was the following smartest thing.
Nevertheless, Shuanna and Andrew’s wedding ceremony was greater than they may have even imagined, completely Completely Imperfect.
The place was safe however, presently of social distancing, who would officiate the wedding ceremony?
The reply got here instantly from Shaunna’s 13-year-old son, Grayson West.
“Grayson mentioned he loves us each and he want to officiate the marriage,” Shaun mentioned. “Andrew and I have been touched. We advised Grayson if he wished to do it, that’s precisely what we wished and we wished him to resolve what he wished to say on his personal.”
On Sunday morning, Shaunna and Andrew, Grayson and his sister Ava West,10, and Andrew’s daughter, Phoebe Parker, 6, spent the marriage day collectively.
“Andrew and I understood that as a result of it was a second marriage for each of us, we wished the children to be concerned,’ West mentioned. “For the 5 of us to be collectively on our wedding ceremony day was extra significant than we may have imagined. We had blueberry pancakes for brunch. Phoebe, our flower woman, picked flowers from the yard. There was no pre-wedding strain, no hurrying, no stress. Only a excellent day collectively.”
The marriage ceremony was additionally excellent. With household and buddies zooming, the couple stood earlier than the younger “marriage” official and, in his personal phrases, dedicated to like and honor one another.
“Grayson’s phrases have been so easy and so candy and, for him to marry us, was probably the most significant factor to me, aside from the beginning of my youngsters,” West mentioned. “It was so particular. I may barely make it by means of as a result of the phrases jogged my memory of what’s most essential on this life.”
Ava requested the “I do” query and Shaunna’s dad, Gary Wheeler, pronounced them man and spouse.
Grayson offered the blissful couple to their friends.
A number of family and friends zoomed blessings on their marriage and finest needs to them and their household.
“To have household and buddies give us their blessings, meant the world to us,” Shaunna mentioned.
There was a whole lot of interplay between the couple and their friends by way of Zoom.
“Visiting with our household and visitor was a whole lot of enjoyable with my dad cracking jokes,” Shaun mentioned. “All of us had a beautiful time. Andrew and I couldn’t have requested for a extra fantastic wedding ceremony than a Quarantine Marriage ceremony.”
The bride’s cousin, Jennifer Senn and her husband, Charlie Senn, gave the couple a symbolic “ship off” with a bathe of confetti. Steaks have been on the grill and a congratulations cake had been dropped off by buddies. “It was fantastic to share our Quarantine Marriage ceremony day with these we love and those that love us,” Shaunna mentioned.
And, it was Grayson who gave a most memorable toast to the “Simply Married” couple.