The fact is wedding events only lasts for a few hours, but marriages should last a lifetime. In the sudden appearance of the Coronavirus, some special couples have somehow embraced the bigger picture with open hearts.
This is the case for Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis, who reside in Chicago. Initially, they planned fairly lavish nuptials, but as the pandemic continued, instead of wait patiently to wed, they ended up trading-in their upscale plans for a small ceremony at City Hall.
Though there were things—like the D.J and dress- which were write-offs, they decided that being together in good health surely covered those things.
And all was not a loss: The reception venue permitted them to put their deposit on hold and used for a future charity event; the wedding photographer also shifted gears to record the couple’s small but heartfelt City Hall ceremony for posterity.
This left a catering deposit of $5,000—but instead of rolling the money into an event to be named, Bugg and Lewis decided to let the less fortunate experience some joy.
Bugg, an outreach worker at Thresholds, a nonprofit geared toward helping sufferers of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric illnesses, knew exactly where she wanted the money to go.
With an enthusiastic thumbs’ up from caterer Heidi Moorman Coudal, owner of Big Delicious Planet, and the blessing of Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug, the designated fare from the original 150-person guest list was transformed into 200 boxed Thanksgiving dinners for Windy City residents dealing on a day-to-day basis with severe mental health challenges.
Ishaug was especially grateful for the couple’s inspiring gift to the Threshold community, in an interview with the Washington Post, he said
Other people start asking themselves, ‘What can I do for others at Thanksgiving?’ There’s been so much anger and fear this past year … and then we have something like this from Emily and Billy, which is just about humanity and kindness.Ishaug
Also, Bugg and Lewis adopted a rescue dog recently, which they named June, ensuring that more love is added to the family.