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Coronavirus crashes area couple's wedding

Dan Levy
Updated: March 27, 2020 09:17 PM
Created: March 27, 2020 07:12 PM

ALBANY - Everyone always wants to believe that fairytales really do come true, but sometimes fairytales have to be put on hold.

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Ever since she said "yes" on October 5, 2018, Kathleen Hess and Conner Fenlon had been looking forward to walking down the aisle together on Saturday (March 28) at the Historic St. Mary's Church in downtown Albany. Unfortunately, Coronavirus blocked their path to the alter.

"We were definitely sad the first 48 hours," Kathleen said. "We were completely crushed."

"The first couple of days once we decided to make the decision the times were tough," Conner stated. "There were a lot of tears and uncertainty."

The decision to postpone came on Friday (March) the 13th, just two weeks before the big day, and it meant Kathleen and Conner had to inform 225 invited guests not to travel to Albany for the church wedding or reception that had been booked at 90 State.

"We got a lot of good, positive feedback from family and friends that we made the right decision," Conner said.

Now with an interruption in their lives, a period of introspection began for both Kathleen, the head cheerleading coach at Siena College, and Conner, a former Siena basketball player and current radio broadcaster.

"I think I learned I was more patient then I thought I was," Conner stated. "It's very cliche. You learn more love for your companion. You learn through tough times you try to comfort each other."

"I was definitely surprised at how I handled it," Kathleen admitted. "I expected to be a lot more emotional about it. It was a hard decision but it was a very clear decision."

Once the decision was made, a new wedding date needed to be set. Right now they're looking at sometime in November.

"We were looking at June dates but you don't know how long this is going to take and you don't want to redo in June and then postpone again. Then people will think maybe we'll send you a check or something," Conner joked.

"I think we both learned, not that we didn't know this before," Kathleen said. "At the end of the day, the people that we love are the most important people in our lives, and a wedding day doesn't make a marriage."

"People keep telling us this'll be our story we can tell people for the rest of our lives," Conner pointed out. "It's just our story and it means a lot more going through what we're going through.


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