How couples around the world are marrying under COVID-19

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The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has made it legal for couples to hold online weddings as COVID-19 continues to spread around the world.

From taking vows in parking lots to holding ceremonies by video conference, people are finding innovative ways to be together.

Shopping, meetings and social events have all moved online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and now a new law has made it legal for couples in the US state of New York to hold virtual weddings.

Stay-at-home orders have led to many wedding plans being put on hold around the world, but lockdown or not, a new order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo allows clerks to conduct internet wedding ceremonies and for couples to obtain a marriage license remotely.

Under normal circumstances, marriages in the state are only legal if the couple both appear in person at one of five borough offices.

The situation for prospective newlyweds varies around the world.

Most wedding have been cancelled or postponed in the UK, with the country under lockdown restrictions limiting gatherings.

For some couples in India, the usual throng of wedding guests has been replaced by an audience of mobile phones and tablets streaming live wedding ceremonies to distant family and relatives.

Here are just a few pictures showing the creative ways people living under lockdown are building relationships, holding celebrations and tying the knot, according to the World Economic Forum. – BBC

Young couple in Anaheim, California, pose for a picture after taking their wedding vows over a two-way radio in a parking lot on 17 April. Photo by Mike Blake, REUTERS
Indonesian couple Novi Herdjanto and Mellawati Isnoer wear protective masks before their wedding. Photo by REUTERS
Israeli couple Roni Ben-Ari and Yonatan Meushar dance as they get married. Photo by: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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