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I Should Be Getting Married Today. But I’m Glad It’s Been Postponed

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23.05.2020

I thought blood running cold was just a turn of phrase – until I read that email on 23 March: “Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel all wedding and civil partnerships, effective immediately”. With just eight weeks to go before our Big Day, coronavirus had well and truly pulled the rug out from underneath us.

I met William on Bumble in 2016. Not expecting much, especially having endured the ‘delights’ of Tinder, I was pleasantly surprised to end up speaking to somebody who didn’t send me a disturbing amount of winky faces and unsolicited phallus shots. One date led to many and before we knew it, we were irreparably enmeshed with each other. A best friend and lover, borne out of a clever marketing campaign.

Come midnight on New Year’s Eve 2018, I’m looking down at William on one knee, an insanely beautiful ring held out in front of him. I will remember the moment as long as I live. The past year and a half have been a flurry of celebration, excitement, stress and anticipation and we were well on our way to the final countdown to the biggest day of our lives.

Following lockdown, I fell into an odd sense of despair. I was being told on repeat by well-meaning invitees that postponed doesn’t mean........

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