Raquela Aversa, ’10, M.S.Ed.’12, and her fiancé, Brad McLeod, have had to postpone their wedding plans due to the coronavirus.

Raquela Aversa, ’10, M.S.Ed.’12, is a kindergarten teacher in the Niagara Falls, N.Y., school district. Like her colleagues, during the coronavirus pandemic, she is communicating with her students through Class Dojo, a remote learning platform for teachers, and through a web page she created on the school’s page for students and parents.

However, unlike most of her colleagues, Raquela is facing a second challenge—she was to be married on May 2, 2020. Although her invitations were already in the mail, once the CDC announced that gatherings of 50, and then 10, were prohibited, Raquela realized she would have to postpone her big day.

She and her fiancé, Brad McLeod, are understandably upset that the plans they have been making for over a year need to be changed, but they are making the best of the situation. With the support of their families and the flexibility of both their large wedding party—11 on each side—and their vendors, they have been able to move their wedding to July 31, 2020, a date far enough out so they will not have to change it again, they hope.

“Our vendors have been amazing,” Raquela said. “They have worked with us to change our date and also have offered to help us with whatever we need. All of our vendors were available for our new date and said regardless, they would accommodate our proposals and contracts, considering the situation. Our reception site even let us hold a winter date just in case we have to move our date again.”

Fortunately, the couple hadn’t yet booked their planned honeymoon to Aruba, but are hoping to schedule the trip for August or over the Christmas break. If international travel is difficult, the newlyweds may opt to go to Napa, Calif., instead.

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