ROTTERDAM — The big day was approaching for Isabelle Baggetta and Brendan Cook.
But so was the coronavirus, making the cancellation of their long-planned wedding inevitable.
“We were just about done with everything and we were just waiting for the date to come up,” Cook said.
After meeting at Fisher College in Boston and dating for 12 years, they wanted to pull the trigger on buying a house and starting a family.
“So we said, ‘Why don’t we just get married in our kitchen?’” Baggetta said.
They did just that last week from their home in a Boston suburb, a dramatically different setting than the Hall of Springs at Saratoga Spa State Park.
So long pomp and circumstance, hello pared-down weddings in the coronavirus era.
“We didn’t want to postpone it because we didn’t know when the world would be OK again,” said Baggetta, a Rotterdam native.
After mulling a private ceremony, they opted to loop in friends and family using Zoom, the teleconferencing software.
The father of the bride, Tom Baggetta, officiated the ceremony, his visage appearing on a tablet between the couple.
The bride and groom were in good spirits despite the setback, laughing throughout the brief ceremony, which was viewed by at least 100 people.
“We decided it would be better if we could just invite as many people as we could and just make the best of it,” Cook said.
Perspective is important, Baggetta said.
The day the pair decided to pull the plug on the wedding, she learned several members of her sister’s family were diagnosed with the virus, including an NYPD member and child (they have since recovered).
“And it’s like whoa, perspective – there’s so many other things that are happening.” Baggetta said.
She’s in internal communications, he’s in sales.
Both are working from home, and six weeks of self-quarantine has only reinforced their love despite being stuck in the kitchen together.
And home they will remain after they postpone plans to honeymoon in Italy and Ireland.
Instead, they’ve opted to decorate each room of their house, slap on Irish music and perhaps drink some Guinness.
“We’ll make the best of it and go to as many places as we can,” Cook said.
But before they do so, one destination was critical:
Town Hall, where they obtained a marriage certificate.