For one Bay Area couple nearly a year into their engagement, the wedding must go on global health crisis or not.
Emily and Parris Khachi were married Saturday in a church in San Francisco, one of many cities under a regionwide shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19.
Photos of their wedding, taken by photographer Vicens Forns , quickly went viral online as people were given a surreal glimpse at what it's like to be married in an empty church during a viral outbreak and a statewide shutdown.
Here's what it was like for the couple.
Parris and Emily Khachi were engaged for a year before getting married at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco on Saturday.
Once the shelter-in-place order went into effect, the couple grappled with whether or not to move forward with their big day.
"Neither of us wanted to postpone indefinitely since its hard to figure out when things will feel right again," the couple told ABC7News.
Regular religious services and other large gatherings are prohibited during the regionwide shelter-in-place order.
So church leaders at St. Ignacius have been regularly live streaming services for parishioners.
They did the same for the couple, live-streaming their wedding in real-time to the many friends and family members unable to attend due to the shelter-in-place order.
The photos of people taped to the pews are, in fact, regular churchgoers not family and friends that couldnt attend in an effort to create some semblance of normalcy for the church.
The couple and few attendees practiced social distancing during the ceremony, and although the wedding took place under atypical circumstances, the Khachis said they felt "very loved."
"In a way it allowed a wedding to be brought back to basics, in sickness and in health and in pandemic," the couple told ABC7News.
The couple is also happy with how the photos of their wedding turned out.
According to ABC7News, the couple is now planning a "staycation-honeymoon" while hunkered down along with the rest of the regions residents.
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