When Amanda Valenzuela and Stephen Osborn became engaged last November, they planned to marry at the newly renovated St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. “It is a breathtaking church,” Amanda said. “There is no church more beautiful than that one.”
But, when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the coronavirus (COVID-19) closures in March that included churches, Amanda and Stephen started getting nervous. “We hoped everything would be resolved by summer, so I just kept praying and trusting God,” she said. Months passed, and Valenzuela and Osborn found themselves doing their Engagement Encounter on Zoom with dozens of other couples.