Sarah Studley from Baltimore was engaged in November 2019. She and her fiance Brian Horlor had planned a beautiful 100-person wedding in San Diego later.
However, the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and destroyed their wedding plans. The two did get married in a small ceremony at the San Diego County clerk’s office due to the pandemic but they couldn’t hold a reception.
And, unfortunately, Studley’s stunning wedding dress was left hanging in the closet without being used.
Not one to take things lying down, Studley decided to make the most of her wedding dress and wore it for another momentous occasion – the day that she was getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I hadn’t gotten gussied up in the past year, so I wanted to take this moment to celebrate for myself,” Studley, 39, told the Washington Post.
So, she dressed up in her stunning wedding dress and coupled it with peep-toe-pumps, a face mask, and sunglasses to get her jab at the M&T Bank Stadium Mass Vaccination Site, a partnership by the Maryland Department of Health, the University of Maryland Medical System, the Maryland National Guard and the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Julie Lefkowitz, the nurse who administered Studley’s vaccination to Studley told the Washington Post Studley definitely “stood out,” adding, “You don’t see many people come in with white frilly dresses. I wanted to understand her story and be a part of it.”
“She just glowed,” Lefkowitz continued. “She was super upbeat and excited, and you could just tell that she was trying to do her part to get the world back to normal,” Lefkowitz said. “It definitely brought a lot of joy. We all need positive, and this is positive.”
“I was taking an opportunity to seize joy for myself, because I feel like that’s something you have to actively cultivate when we’re in the middle of a global pandemic,” Studley said to People, explaining that it was a “beautiful, unintended” bonus that people working at the vaccine site also enjoyed her outfit.
“A lot of us didn’t get the wedding of our dream,” she shares. “It’s time to seize opportunities to turn lemons into lemonade.”
And what advice does she have for other brides who are sore because they couldn’t have their dream wedding?
“A wedding doesn’t make a marriage, it’s just a party,” she says, advising other brides effected by COVID-19 to “be patient” and remember that “at the end of the day, it’s just a party.”
Wow! What a positive outlook to life Studley has! Doesn’t she? What do you think? Let us know your views in the comments section below.0