SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The Coronavirus outbreak has forced a Sherman couple to postpone their wedding day.
Marshall Tolleson and Catherine Harrington were supposed to host their dream wedding on Friday.
The couple said as COVID-19 keeps inching closer to home, they are not taking any chances.
"We weren't expecting any hiccups other than the norm of oh are the flowers going to get here in time," Harrington said.
It is the day the couple has been looking forward to for months.
"We just never thought something like a pandemic would come a week before our wedding," Harrington said.
The two met through mutual friends and dated for over a year while Tolleson was in Africa with the Peace Corps.
When he got back to Sherman in June, he popped the question.
"When she regained the ability to speak she did say yes," Tolleson said.
But thanks to COVID-19, their original headcount of 250 people who planned to be at the wedding dropped by over 100 people overnight.
"It's not about the number of people who come, but we started to get nervous over the weekend of I don't think this is a smart thing to go through with," Harrington said.
So they made the call to postpone the special day.
"No party is worth sacrificing the health of our community and our loved ones," Harrington said.
But they still plan to get married on Friday, their original wedding date.
The couple said it will be a small ceremony with immediate family and the officiant, less than ten people total.
"We're just happy we can still get married and start a life together," Tolleson said.
The two plan to renew their vows sometime around August, using the original vendors they had planned, with all of their friends and family there to celebrate.
"A pandemic can't keep us from getting married," Tolleson said.
The couple also plans to live stream their small ceremony on Facebook so loved ones who ca not be there can tune in.
They said they are just thankful they get to go through these uncertain times together.