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Love is love regardless of a pandemic. Just ask Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary who tied the knot amidst COVID-19.

Welteroth has had many amazing titles — New York Times best-selling author, Project Runway judge, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue — but becoming Mrs. Singletary was, perhaps, one of her most treasured titles.

Welteroth and her now-husband, musician Jonathan Singletary initially planned to tie the knot on a private estate in California on May 10, 2020 — a day that was significant to them.

“It fell on a Sunday—the day we met as kids and saw each other every week growing up,” Welteroth told Vogue.

But, when the pandemic hit, they had to decide whether to postpone their wedding or drastically change their plans. Although they were devastated, they refused to let the pandemic stop their love and their union.

“I am marrying you on 5-10-20,” Welteroth said. “It may have to be right here on our stoop. And I might be in sweats. But, we are still doing this, come hell or high water.”

And, the couple did just that. On May 10, 2020, they tied the knot on their Brooklyn, NY stoop amongst a small group of friends.

“5.10.20 Some things only come around once in a lifetime,” Welteroth captioned on Instagram. “This love. That day. Our moment. Too divinely aligned to let it pass us by. Let this be remembered as the day LOVE. COULD. NOT. BE. CANCELLED. #LoveLockdown”

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5.10.20 ❤️💫 Some things only come around once in a lifetime. This love. That day. Our moment. Too divinely aligned to let it pass us by. Let this be remembered as the day LOVE. COULD. NOT. BE. CANCELLED. #LoveLockdown Photo by @micaiahcarter . Thank you to our BELOVED community for helping us transform an otherwise disappointing reality into the virtual stoop wedding of our dreams. And for helping us bring some light into otherwise dark times. The gratitude in our hearts is endless. We DID it, fam!!! Officiated via Zoom by our childhood Pastor, Dr. Stanley Long Most whimsical #flowerflash of our dreams by @lewismillerdesign @irini_arakas Photography by @micaiahcarter Photography by Annabel Braithwaite of @belathee Video by @better_call_sacredpact DJ’d by our sister-friend @Adeline Live strings by @rootstock.republic Violin by @JanninaN Cello by @mparsoncello Speech of the century “live in the streets of Brooklyn!” by my dad via Zoom Veil (my “something borrowed”) mailed in by my mom @tita.dee Custom @brothervellies shoes by my boo @aurorajames Wedding hair direction via FT by @vernonfrancois Production + styling support by @SinclairBolden of @everydayppl Zoom Emcee + Video by @redisdancing Zoom Motherboard Managed by @swim_bike_di Broom design by @chloe_dulce Block secured by @BrookeCHall Zoom bonding exercise by @feibz First married meal by @risboBK First dance song by @snohaalegra Creative thought partnership by @priyaparker Everything above and beyond and in-between by @Melana.joy.freelove @ggggavin @makeenz . Story by @voguemagazine @vogueweddings in bio

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“Thank you to our BELOVED community for helping us transform an otherwise disappointing reality into the virtual stoop wedding of our dreams,” Welteroth continued. “And, for helping us bring some light into otherwise dark times.”

 

Congratulations to the couple!

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Elaine Welteroth (@elainewelteroth)—the New York Times best-selling author, Project Runway judge, and former editor in chief of Teen Vogue—had just returned to New York from her bachelorette retreat in the Dominican Republic as COVID-19 was beginning to spread in the United States. Right around the same time, her now-husband, musician Jonathan Singletary (@jonathansingletary), had been gearing up for his bachelor party in Mexico. “Once it was clear that postponing the bachelor party weekend was the only decision to be made, our eyes turned reluctantly toward our wedding date," Elaine remembers. The couple had originally planned for an intimate ceremony on a private estate in California—where both the bride and groom are from—on May 10, 2020. “It fell on a Sunday—the day we met as kids and saw each other every week growing up," Elaine says. "But it wasn’t just any Sunday, it would be Mother’s Day!” Their wedding plans became a tribute to their mothers, who not only introduced them through church—“but, to let them tell it, they swear it was their collective prayers that made this marriage happen!” The creative brief was for it to be “an elevated—literally, by the hills of Mount Diablo—Sunday-gospel-brunch wedding with elegantly plated soul food and a festive black-tie dress code.” The couple had just about every detail set in place. When it became clear that their dream wedding wasn’t going to happen due to COVID-19, the couple had to make a choice—after a brief stint of denial—to completely shift their vision. "I woke up one day and walked into Jonathan’s home studio and said, ‘I am marrying you on 5-10-20. It may have to be right here on our stoop. And I might be in sweats. But we are still doing this, come hell or high water.'" Tap the link in our bio to see how the bride and groom pulled off a quarantine wedding on their Brooklyn stoop, followed by a virtual block party. Flowers by @lewismillerdesign Photo by @belathee

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