By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – Alyssa Seaver and Oliver Jarrett probably never thought their wedding plans could be ruined by a pandemic. Or that the ceremony would end up being broadcast on a jumbotron.
But that’s the circumstances the young couple is facing ahead of Saturday’s wedding in Warsaw.
Big plans for a reception in Nappanee and a honeymoon in Tennessee fell by the wayside as a result of the national health emergency, so family members starting looking for alternatives.
They thought about various ideas but decided on a ceremony at New Harvest Church of the Nazarene near Warsaw Community High School.
The ceremony will be inside and attended by immediate family while other guests are invited to watch it in the parking lot.
Kelly Jarrett, the mother of the groom, compared it to a drive-in movie in which they can see the ceremony on a big screen while remaining safe and comfortable in their cars.
“If they want to roll down the windows and keep the social distancing, they can still offer congratulations,” Kelly Jarrett said.
Seaver, 22, is a Wawasee High School graduate and works at Interra Credit Union. Oliver Jarrett, 23, is a Warsaw Community High School graduate and works at Zimmer Biomet.
Jeff Seaver, father of the bride, will marry the two.
The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. The public is invited.
Kelly Jarrett said they think they’ve done the best they could, given the circumstances.
The virus, she said, can stop a lot of things, “but it can’t stop love.”