Covid-19 gets couple to the church ahead of time

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Covid-19 gets couple to the church ahead of time

An SA couple’s dreams of a big wedding have been dashed, but they will tie the knot on Thursday to beat the lockdown

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Laetitia van Wyk and her fiance Peter Klein will be married on Thursday, a date brought forward to adapt to the national lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis.
protean Laetitia van Wyk and her fiance Peter Klein will be married on Thursday, a date brought forward to adapt to the national lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis.
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For bride-to-be Laetitia van Wyk and her fiancé Peter Klein, not even a national disaster and a looming Covid-19 lockdown could stand in the way of their love.

The pair will tie the knot in a hasty ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday morning, the nuptials brought forward by nearly a month – partly so the two could be isolated in wedlock.

“We love each other, and we just want to be together for this,” the 28-year-old told Times Select on Wednesday.

The pair and their families have spent much of this week hurriedly decorating a chapel at the NG Tygerpoort Church, a fallback location after the owners of their booked venue cancelled the date as regulations on mass gatherings began to pinch.

For bride-to-be Laetitia van Wyk and her fiancé Peter Klein, not even a national disaster and a looming Covid-19 lockdown could stand in the way of their love.
LOVE BUGS For bride-to-be Laetitia van Wyk and her fiancé Peter Klein, not even a national disaster and a looming Covid-19 lockdown could stand in the way of their love.
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“It has been such a fine line between excitement to get married and stress to get everything ready, but we’re on track. We’re at the chapel putting some of the decorations in place,” she said, audibly flustered.

“They suggested that we postpone the wedding, but they only had two or three days to spare at the end of the year. There remains a lot of uncertainty about when the situation will normalise because we don’t know what’s going to happen, so we said, let’s just do it now,” Van Wyk added.

She and Klein, she said, had recently purchased a home and had planned to move in together once they were wed.

“We decided a long time ago that we wanted to get married, and we just want to start our lives together, and during this time with corona we would rather be together,” she added.

Van Wyk, a cellist, and Klein, an engineer, have been dating for nearly a year and a half, and the former popped the question in August last year.

The new wedding has been dramatically scaled back to accommodate just their immediate family.

The prospect of a honeymoon also appears a distant pipe dream for the couple.

On the wedding, Van Wyk said: “I was quite disappointed because I had a certain picture in my mind, but all my plans were dashed. In the end it’s not about the day, it’s about the life we start when we say I do.”

Klein, taking a break from decorating, added: “We love each other and want to get married,”  he said, insisting the coronavirus would not stand in their way.