How Technology Helped Love Win
They say love is blind — and I’ll add that it doesn’t see time nor care for a global pandemic, either. My brother Ahmed’s wedding to his fiancé, Jessica, was scheduled for July 2020, but due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on large gatherings, they were forced to cancel their big day.
On May 4th, I received a phone call from my brother sharing that they were going to move forward with their wedding, that the event would be hosted on Zoom, and that it would take place the next Saturday, at 7 pm.
My husband and our two kids got all dressed up and joined the video wedding. We had been using all forms of technology for work meetings, homeschooling, and staying connected to family and friends — but a wedding? It was something I could never imagine doing, but here we were.
We were joined by over 75 family and friends from all over the world (the U.S., Brazil, the UK, and Pakistan). Technology had instantly connected us and removed the 8,000 miles of distance and time zones between us.
Zoom enabled me to meet Jessica’s family in Brazil for the first time, see my aunts and uncles in Pakistan with whom I hadn’t connected in years, and witness one of the most important days of my brother’s life — his wedding. If the wedding was in person, it’s highly likely that not everyone could have joined.
The ceremony was held at my parent’s house, and they were joined by the family priest. Jessica and Ahmed were dressed in traditional Pakistani attire and looked stunning. After the ceremony, they cut their wedding cake and we went around the video-platform gallery to congratulate them, as husband and wife.
COVID-19 may have changed their original wedding plans, but technology helped love win.