Love and marriage

36 questions, free ceremonies and rooftop dances ... and 'F-bombs.' Also, 7 other things worth your time.

Life goes on. So does love, and sometimes marriage.

Emily Herzberg and Samuel Dowd, for example.

She’s a chief fellow in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital; he’s a product manager for a company that brings international high school students to study in the U.S.

After meeting on Bumble, they spent their second and third dates answering the “36 questions that lead to love” quiz that ran a few years ago in the New York Times.

Things worked out, and they’d planned to get married at the Dennis Inn on Cape Cod. Because of Covid-19, however, they tied the knot last weekend in a small ceremony in Dowd’s parent’s backyard.

Meet Maggie Moore and Brandon Baez. They dated in high school.

(Can you tell I spent some time on the NYT weddings site?)

She’s a certified nursing assistant and he’s on active duty in the Navy. They’re very young—18 and 21, respectively—as the Times pointed out at least four times in a 500-word announcement.

They got married earlier this month at Glencliff Manor in Rustburg, Va., after the event space offered "free, socially distant weddings” for couples whose wedding plans had been disrupted by Covid-19.

“With Brandon being in the military, there’s no telling where he’s going to be a year from now,” the bride said. “We thought it was important to go ahead and do it now.”

OK, here’s one more couple: Dr. Ashley Johnson and Dr. Eddie Zhang.

They’re both doctors in Philadelphia, and they’d planned to have a wedding ceremony a few weeks ago with 150 guests at the John James Audubon Center in Pennsylvania.

Instead they got married on the roof their apartment building in Philadelphia.

Live guests included a half dozen neighbors (on nearby rooftops) and the groom’s sister, a medical student who’s been quarantining with the happy couple.

Their first dance was captured by drone.

By and large, most engaged couples are postponing their nuptials according to CNBC.

But others are going virtual. It’s not what they planned, but it’s heartwarming.

Also ironic: I hadn’t realized how many couples in the weddings announcements met on Hinge or Bumble or Tinder—and now they’re hosting their weddings on Zoom.

Not everyone, though. Let’s go to Staten Island for our last couple.

Irene Sanzone and John Fuchs did not let Covid-19 interfere with their plans, according to the New York Post.

They held a regular wedding toward the end of last month at a Catholic Church called Our Lady of Pity.

Two dozen guests showed up, and later the police arrived. A spokesperson for the archdiocese said the wedding shouldn’t have been allowed. But the couple was already hitched.

A reporter asked the couple for comment. Alas, “the bride and groom only offered F-bombs.”

I think they’ll be very happy together.

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7 other things worth your time

  • The U.S. Department of Justice is asking prosecutors around the country to look for state and local stay-home orders that go “too far.” (NBC News)

  • There are a lot of stories now raising alarm about the food supply in the United States, and how concerned workers and demand spikes and plateaus could affect it. (Wall Street Journal, $)

  • NYC is closing 40 miles of streets, as residents have been clamoring for more room and easier social distancing. (Yahoo News)

  • The head of the emergency department at a Manhattan hospital committed suicide after spending days on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, her family said Monday. (New York Post)

  • One of the leaders of a group hosting "Reopen NC" rallies in North Carolina has herself tested positive for Covid-19. (ABC 11)

  • California will step up enforcement of coronavirus-related public health restrictions after crowds jammed beaches over the weekend. (Reuters)

  • Support is growing for the idea of holding the November 3 election by mail, although like everything else there’s a partisan divide. About 60 percent of Americans support no-excuse-needed vote-by-mail according to a new poll. (Associated Press)

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