A lot of good things have been crossed off the calendar lately, from casual happy hours to some of life’s more important events, like weddings.
Couples everywhere have been faced with the hard decision to cancel their big day. But through it all, we’ve seen them find a way to celebrate their love anyway. Some are swapping guest lists for Zoom invites and photo booths for webcams, but the end result is still the same: Two people coming together to pledge their love with friends and family there to witness (well, virtually at least).
One such couple was Sophia and David, who met on CMB three years ago. The plan was to get married on April 25, 2020, but they spent the weeks leading up to the big day with increasing worry.
As news about the spread of COVID-19 rolled in, the couple went from wondering if they should postpone their honeymoon to facing the reality that their wedding simply couldn’t happen as planned.
Instead, they had an intimate backyard ceremony – just David, Sophia, and their church pastor, with 150 guests watching via livestream. Nothing went according to plan, but Sophia recounts that it was all the more special because it happened in the face of adversity.
When we heard about their plan to pivot to a virtual wedding, our co-founders decided to surprise them during the reception with a gift.
Watch their wedding surprise below:
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We teamed up with Getaway to give them a 2-night stay at a Getaway cabin, and now we’re offering the same gift to up to 10 other couples whose weddings or honeymoons have been affected by COVID-19.
Gifting couples with a Getaway weekend
Has your wedding or honeymoon been derailed by the pandemic? You can apply for the opportunity to receive a free 2-night stay at one of Getaway’s cozy cabins. Picture it now: you and your partner, away from the hustle of day-to-day life, surrounded by all nature has to offer. And hey, maybe your dog is there, too.
Sounds like the perfect mini-honeymoon, right?
And don’t worry, the gift doesn’t have to be used immediately – only when you feel safe and comfortable with traveling. But if you’d like to escape ASAP, you can read more here on what Getaway is doing to ensure their locations are safe for guests.
How do I apply?
If you’ve been reading along and thought something along the lines of “Hey, my wedding was affected by COVID-19,” then you’re the perfect fit – and we’d love for you to apply!
We’re offering this 2-night Getaway stay to up to 10 couples who meet the qualifications. Here’s what you need to know about eligibility and the application:
– Your wedding or honeymoon was canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19.
– If chosen, you’ll be required to show proof of cancellation (receipt, with date of the event).
– Five CMB couples and five non-CMB couples will be randomly selected.
– Getaway Outposts are only available in these locations: Atlanta, Austin/San Antonio, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh/Cleveland, Portland, and Washington, D.C.
– One couple per Getaway location will be chosen.
And that’s all there is to it! Fill out this application – the deadline to apply is May 5, 2020. We’ll reach out if you and your partner were selected.
There’s nothing fun about canceled plans. But seeing couples do what they can to make the best of their situation has been inspiring to us here at CMB. We hope these Getaway weekends can be something fun added to the calendar.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Ends May 5th, 2020 at 8:00am Eastern Time. Must be 21+, and be a legal resident of the U.S. Sponsor: Coffee Meets Bagel, Inc. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Click here for complete rules.