Viral news: Couple gets married at closed border to allow bride’s Canadian family to attend – Times Now

Credit: KAREN MAHONEY

Credit: KAREN MAHONEY&nbsp

Key Highlights

  • As it was not possible for Karen’s family to attend the wedding, the couple took the wedding to them. But without crossing borders.
  • In August, the couple found out the border would still be closed for their big day, September 25.  But just a few days after August 21, a childhood friend of Karen said he could help secure a special wedding location at the border. Interestingly, the friend’s name is ‘Border Brain’ for his job as a border patrol agent.
  • The friend’s help was not just mere words. He actually managed to arrange a wedding spot at the border to allow Karen’s family and 96-year-old grandmother could attend.

In a first, a couple in the US tied the knot at a closed section of the US-Canada border in order to allow the bride’s Canadian family to attend the ceremony.

Karen Mahoney and her new husband, Brian Ray, met over 35 years ago, when they were kids, while on a skiing trip. After getting engaged not too long ago, they decided to get married quickly.

Karen lives in New York state but her family hails from Quebec in Canada.

With the wedding date nearing, Karen was concerned if her parents and her 96-year-old grandmother would be able to attend the wedding. The big family wedding seemed impossible because the US-Canada was closed in many parts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant Karen’s parents would not be able to attend the wedding.

“She’s my only living grandparent, the only grandparent I’ve ever known, so it was very important for me for her to be there to watch the happiest day of my life,” Karen was quoted as saying by CNN.

“The most important part of the day for us was the promises we told to each other, and we wanted my parents and grandmother to witness that,” she added.

As it was not possible for Karen’s family to attend the wedding, the couple took the wedding to them. But without crossing borders.

In August, the couple found out the border would still be closed for their big day, September 25.  But just a few days after August 21, a childhood friend of Karen said he could help secure a special wedding location at the border. Interestingly, the friend’s name is ‘Border Brain’ for his job as a border patrol agent.

The friend’s help was not just mere words. He actually managed to arrange a wedding spot at the border to allow Karen’s family and 96-year-old grandmother could attend.

“He was off-duty at the time and … let the other agents who were on duty know what was going to transpire. He arranged so that it would be uninterrupted,” said Karen.

After Border made all the arrangements, the couple said their vows on the Jamieson Line Border Crossing between Burke, New York, and Quebec, Canada.

While the couple stood on the New York side in their wedding attires, Karen’s parents watched them from the Canada side.