Getting married in a pandemic

On Tuesday 6th April 2021, two days after Easter Sunday, in St Stephen’s Church, I had the privilege of marrying Preethi – the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with.

We know that God works in mysterious ways and this point was particularly apt for our wedding day. An empty church, no friends present and no reception afterwards; it was far from the dream wedding that either of us had pictured for this special occasion in our lives. However, reflecting back now, it was a highly enjoyable and special day that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

In the presence of God, my immediate family (the Lobo 5), the love of my life, and hosted in the Church where I was baptised 30 years ago, I felt a sense of peace and joy throughout the wedding service. I was also comforted in the knowledge that my Grandads would be proudly watching from Heaven and that friends and family were with us in spirit and able to join virtually.

The wedding service went smoothly, thanks in no small part to the support and hard work behind the scenes from our families, close friends and Canon Edward, for which we are both extremely grateful and thankful.

After a difficult year of uncertainty and anxiety, where we spent lockdowns apart, Preethi and I are looking forward to the future and the rest of our lives together.

It still feels strange to introduce Preethi as my wife and I am sure it will take some time to fully sink in, but as I sat in Church, next to my wife-to-be, listening to the Second reading (1 Corinthians), I realised that the same words in the passage used to describe love could be attributed to Preethi, and it reaffirmed the reasons why I had fallen in her love with her in the first place.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.”

Anthony Lobo