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Spring is here: the trees are leafing out, the flowers are springing up, taxes are falling due and the first air conditioning service vans are circulating coolly through the suburbs. This is the season of romance and it is, or should be, the time for spring weddings.

C19: Brides Say 'Get Me To The Church On Time'

Mar 26, 2021
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Long Island wedding vendors petition for less restrictions on weddings in New York to save their industry. Vice President Kamala Harris visited New Haven today, yesterday marked the anniversary of Cuomo’s controversial nursing home policies, and the disturbing rise in the number of hate crimes against Asian-Americans.

Weddings were put on hold when COVID-19 forced venues to shut down and put in place restrictions on social distancing. After a year of postponing, brides and wedding vendors on Long Island want some restrictions lifted to make their special days feel as normal as possible.

Long Island Wedding Vendors Protest COVID Restrictions

Oct 5, 2020
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Wedding venues and vendors on Long Island rallied in front of Suffolk County administrative buildings to urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to lighten restrictions on banquet events due to COVID-19.

Laya Barak

Laya Barak and Gil Adler had a camping theme planned for their Memorial Day weekend wedding. Their venue is a sustainable Jewish retreat next to a lake in northwestern Connecticut. That Friday, there’d be a Shabbat dinner; Saturday, everyone would hike or hang out by the lake; and Sunday would be the wedding. 

“We just wanted to be outdoors in a beautiful setting for our wedding with all of our family and friends,” Laya says.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last month that the stay-at-home guidelines would extend until the end of April. Gil and Laya remember that was the moment they began to prepare – their May wedding might have to be postponed. Then, the retreat center notified them it would stay closed until at least the end of May.