DETROIT – With spring just days away, April Moses and Dormon Page stood in the middle of a city park, a stone's throw from the pavilion and swing set, and committed themselves to one another.
The couple were wed in an impromptu ceremony Monday at Geary Park in Ferndale, Michigan, before two witnesses and an officiant.
Marriage, in a time of uncertainty.
Their nuptials, had the coronavirus pandemic not interfered, would have been held in Las Vegas. They would have left on a flight Monday morning. But as the public health crisis sweeps the country, the couple had to cancel their plans.
That wasn’t going to stop April from marrying the man she knew she wanted to be with since she laid eyes on him at 14.
“I always wanted to be his wife," April said, standing at the edge of the park earlier Monday. "So with all this stuff that’s going on, it’s like, I’d rather be his wife than to have a big wedding. I just wanted to be married."
With the Vegas plans canceled, April and Dormon planned to get hitched at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. Wedding services weren’t available, so April started Googling local wedding officiants. She found one in Ferndale, the Rev. Pamela Swider.
Swider could not be immediately reached for comment.
“I was just calling around to everywhere I can, to see if anybody was willing to marry us," April said. "And luckily, this nice reverend right here, Pamela, she was willing to marry us right here at this park."
Dormon said the Las Vegas wedding venue would allow them to roll over their reservation to another time within the next year and half. They might go out there to renew their vows, he said.
The coronavirus may have messed up their wedding plans, but April couldn’t contain her excitement after her wedding at the park with just her new brother-in-law and the reverend’s husband as guests.
“I’d rather be his wife during this crazy time where me and him can actually live as a married couple and enjoy life together with all this craziness,” she said.
“April Page — I like the sound of that.”
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