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No regrets having brought the wedding forward to break the national lockdown

Amy and Derek Wright walk down Dee Street for their wedding in Invercargill on the eve of New Zealand.

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Amy and Derek Wright walk down Dee Street for their wedding in Invercargill on the eve of New Zealand.

A couple in their wedding attire is strolling down the main street of Invercargill for photos, and the street is empty.

Amy and Derek Wright married on the eve of national lockdown as they didn’t let Covid-19 delay their big day.

Their wedding was originally scheduled for April 18, but they quickly rescheduled it for an early evening ceremony at St. Pauls Church on March 24.

“One thing that stands out when we show [wedding] We have photos for locals on Dee Street and there is no traffic, ”said Derek.

“It was an eerie feeling [at the time]. ”

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The city center was practically deserted as most southerners weren’t sure at home what Covid-19 would bring.

On March 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the country switched to alert level 4.

The couple’s family and friends who were unable to attend the wedding watched the ceremony live streamed online. Twenty-two people were in the church, and after photos were taken of the couple, they all went home.

That night, the couple’s first meal as husband and wife consisted of boiled salmon, salad, and crusty bread.

A year after married life, the Wrights are happy with how their newly arranged wedding turned out.

“We still had all the elements of a wedding,” said Derek.

“We still have to go in [to the church], still got the music, got all the ingredients but not all the people there. “

When unrestricted trans-Tasmanian air travel returns, the couple are likely to have another special ceremony for their families and friends. Derek’s family from Australia and Amy’s sister Rachel Dowdle from Hamilton were unable to attend the March wedding.

Amy and Derek Wright are still receiving gifts in the mail a year later after holding their newly arranged wedding on the eve of the national lockdown.

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Amy and Derek Wright are still receiving gifts in the mail a year later after holding their newly arranged wedding on the eve of the national lockdown.

With Covid-19 causing border closings and disruptions to mail deliveries and travel, the Wrights have been receiving wedding favors in the mail for 12 months.

Life is as good as always for the couple, but they have made some changes from the pandemic. Disinfectant was put in their two cars and Derek uses a glove to refuel at the gas station.

“I think you think a little more about your health and how you can get germs from other people,” said Derek.

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