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.