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Sour Lake couple cancels big wedding, holds 10-person ceremony outside home due to pandemic

They planned to be married in front of hundreds of friends and family members at a wedding venue. Instead, they got married outside their home

BEAUMONT, Texas — The coronavirus has turned into a nightmare for people who had weddings planned this spring, but that didn't stop one Southeast Texas couple from celebrating their big day anyway. 

Johnny and Alyssa Gonzalez got engaged in November 2018, and were set to be married in front of hundreds of family and friends on Saturday at a venue in Beaumont.

Instead, they settled for just 10 people in front of their house after the latest CDC recommendations. 

"I was pretty upset about it at first. We never planned for a pandemic to ruin our wedding. but I also feel we made the best of it," Alyssa said. 

Despite COVID-19 canceling original plans, the couple found a way to celebrate anyway. The day included a first dance in the street and a honeymoon in the driveway. 

"We should've been landing in Jamaica right now and getting caddied over to our resort," Johnny said. 

They even had fancy drinks, and sand they bought from Lowes. 

"Yes, it was fun. It was a blast."

Alyssa says if she's learned anything from the pandemic, it's to make the best of the situation and enjoy the people around you. 

"It made it more personable. I mean we were expecting all of this but we made it our own. And it was fun. It was memories. At the end of the day, we get to tell our kids that we got married during a pandemic," Alyssa said. 

They do plan to take a real honeymoon once the pandemic is over. 

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