Nuptials provide a bright spot during pandemic times

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Engaged couples scrambled to postpone their wedding plans this past summer, as COVID restrictions prohibited large gatherings in an effort to curtail the pandemic. Wendy Fitzpatrick and Jason Morton faced the same dilemma – should they cancel or proceed with a scaled-down version of their plans?

The couple’s considerations were unique, in that Fitzpatrick has a close family member living with advanced cancer, and waiting an extra year might mean the relative wouldn’t be there to help them celebrate.

The two decided to move ahead with their plans, and on Aug. 15, married before a much smaller group of friends and family at the Point Clark lighthouse.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-related guidelines, we had to shorten our guest list from 110 invitees to 30, to ensure restrictions on group gatherings were adhered to,” said Morton. “We would like to thank all of the loved ones that could not be there physically as a result of this and who assured us they were present in our hearts.”

“The day turned out to be a perfect day,” said Morton, a Point Clark native.

“We would like to thank our parents, Margaret Morton of Point Clark, Maureen and Victor Fitzpatrick of Kitchener, daughter Alexis, family, bridal party, wedding officiant Mike Fair, and all of the staff at the Point Clark Community Centre for their love, support and help with our big day.”

Residents Rick Bechard of Point Clark and Kevin Craig of Kincardine were part of the bridal party.

The couple, who now live in Point Clark since Morton retired from the RCMP earlier this year, know that 2020 has been a difficult and trying time for everyone, but see their wedding as the best personal time of their lives. Their marriage has been a bright spot in what has otherwise been a quiet summer in this community.

“Despite the difficult and challenging COVID-related protocols that all of us followed, we still made the day one to remember forever....masks and all,” said Morton. “Our happiest life moment happened in such an unprecedented year.”

Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent