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The plights and joys of Catholic wedding planning during a global pandemic

Bride and groom wearing face masks for their wedding

The Sept. 12 wedding uniting Krystal Gil and Jack Scanlon in the Spanish courtyard of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Camarillo was not what either had in mind the day they got engaged.

Processing down the aisle, Krystal beamed like any bride on her wedding day would, except a mask concealed her smile. Those in the small, socially distanced crowd smiling back at her had face coverings on, too, an all-too-familiar scene at weddings across the county this year since coronavirus (COVID-19)-related restrictions began to be lifted for public gatherings.

“I think the hardest thing was not having my grandparents there,” newlywed Krystal Scanlon told Angelus. After getting engaged in July 2019, she and her fiancé had planned to invite more than 350 guests to their wedding. The pandemic forced them to slash that list down to less than a quarter of its original size.

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