Coronavirus: Surprise receiving line gives Kentucky couple memorable wedding day

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Surprise receiving line gives Kentucky couple memorable wedding day amid coronavirus

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It wasn’t the wedding reception they expected, but a pair of emergency room nurses still had a memorable day when they tied the knot Saturday.

Katie and Ryan Loveall were married in Louisville on Saturday, scrapping plans for a large reception, WDRB reported. The couple became enganged in November 2018.

"It was going to be huge, 300 guests," Ryan Loveall told WLKY. "We spent lots of money getting this all set."

“We weren’t gonna let any kind of virus or any kind of pandemic come between what Ryan and I have,” Katie Loveall told the television station. “That’s why we wanted to say, ‘You know what, this is it; we’re gonna seal the deal.’”

But instead of a quiet reception, the Lovealls were treated to a noisy sendoff. Friends gathered in a parking lot, decorated their cars and surprised the couple with a parade past their home that adhered to social distancing guidelines, WDRB reported.

"We saw all the signs and thought, 'Oh that's so sweet,' and then all of our neighbors were out and I was like, 'This is amazing,' and then I saw the parade, and it just didn't stop," Katie Loveall told WLKY.

Fire trucks from the Fern Creek Fire Department, where Ryan is a volunteer firefighter, led the parade with sirens wailing. The couple then greeted each car of well-wishers despite rainy weather, the television station reported.

"We're hoping this cheers them up and puts a smile on their face," Lindsey Renn, a family friend, told WDRB. "Makes it a little better day for them."

“They’re our boating buddies,” Tyler Boone, another friend and parade participant, told the television station. “We hang out on the Ohio River on the weekends. They’re great people ... and they’re on the front line, and we appreciate them. We’re happy to be able to bring some cheer and some love and joy to some people that deserve it.”

"I was just blown away," Ryan Loveall told WLKY.

“My biggest thing was COVID cannot stop love,” Katie Loveall told the television station. “We made it official. Nothing was going to stop us. Rain or COVID — it’s not going to stop us.”

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