Bride and groom in front of love sign

A wedding to remember

By Jenny Ly
Medill Reports

With no venue and no one to walk the bride down the aisle, a Chicago couple didn’t let the novel coronavirus pandemic stop them from tying the knot.

Instead, Tom and Kimberly Le decided to bring the wedding to them… in their living room. It also happens to be where Tom proposed to Kim.

When it became clear in the weeks leading up to the May 23, 2020 wedding date that the couple had to postpone their wedding, with a little help of some DIY decorating in the apartment and technology, Tom and Kim said their “I do’s” in the privacy of their own home accompanied by a screen-full of Zoom guests consisting of close family and friends.

“You get the best of both worlds,” said Kim Le, the newlywed bride. “You get the tiny, intimate ceremony, and then you get the fun celebration.”

The Chicago couple applied online at the Cook County Clerk’s office to get a Priority Marriage Application/License.

There were over 1,000 requests for the Priority Marriage Application/License to obtain a marriage license during the time-frame of April 3, 2020 through May 26, 2020, according to the Bureau of Vital Records in the Cook County Clerk’s office.

“The whole situation was bizarre, but it was just so amazing. You just have to make the most of it,” Le said.

The couple plans to wed April 24, 2021.

Photo at top: Newlyweds Tom and Kimberly Le got legally married on May 23, 2020 even though their wedding has been postponed to next year. (Photo by Christine Pace)