Now that it’s crystal clear that hosting a big wedding at this time is just not possible due to the spread of COVID-19, we’re sharing the experiences of real couples navigating the re-scheduling, cancellation, and civil and commemorative wedding processes in an attempt to help others make informed decisions and to spread our support to all during this time.
Billions actress Lilly Moran, who postponed her May 2nd wedding in the Bahamas, is sharing how she and her husband, Stuart Hirsch, made the final call and decided to have a Zoom wedding in Transmitter Park in Brooklyn.
In March, the couple agonized over postponing for two weeks. Their venue extended their final payment two weeks out from the wedding date, but Stuart was laid off from his job and the production Lilly was working on had been suspended. Travel bans were starting to be discussed and with 90 guests flying to the Bahamas from 10 different states, it became harder to guarantee everyone would make it to the island. “Another fear was that we would be locked into paying for 100 guests at a wedding no one could make it to,” Lilly says. “It became obvious that we had to postpone.”
After calling supportive family and friends, they haven’t set a new date in stone yet but are optimistically looking at May, 2021. Once Operation Cupid was enacted by Governor Cuomo, allowing online marriage licenses in New York, the two decided to tie the knot in Brooklyn. “We were thinking, let’s just figure out a way to have a legal wedding somehow, so we didn’t have to wait an entire year—and health insurance, honestly,” Lilly says. “We initially had every intention of doing a no-frills Zoom living room ceremony, but our parents convinced us that we should make it as celebratory as possible.”
They chose their original wedding date to say, “I do,” and selected the park next to their building as the venue. Luckily, Daniela from Once Upon a Vow, an officiant from a Brooklyn wedding the two had attended the previous year, was available and willing to perform their socially distanced ceremony.
Since Lilly wanted to save her custom Anomalie wedding dress for a future celebration, she instead wore her after-party dress from Lulus. And Stuart wore a black Theory suit that he had purchased for a friend’s bachelor party in Las Vegas the year prior.
“The hardest part was training Lilly’s brother, John, to moderate the Zoom meeting and record it simultaneously,” Stuart says. “The second hardest part was convincing Lilly’s large Irish family to watch it on Zoom and not show up to the park.”
On the day-of, Lilly’s parents, brother, and sister and Stuart’s brothers and best friend all met at Transmitter Park. Stuart’s twin brother brought his wife and kids, and they all watched from their car. Because it was a beautiful day out, the park was semi-packed with socially distanced pods of people. They asked a few people politely if they’d move for a moment on the pier, so they could get married, and once they figured out the best angles and positions for the Zoom, they said their vows, lowered their masks for the first kiss, and everyone cheered and applauded.
After the ceremony, they drove to Rockaway to Lilly’s late grandmother’s home. “When we arrived, the outside of the house was decorated with balloons and banners,” Lilly says. “There is a porch and a driveway, so we were able to hang out on the porch, and our family and friends gave us a car parade and watched us do our first dance and cut our cake.”
They spent the week by the beach as their mini-moon. “It wasn’t the Bahamas, but we did get a little taste of the beach on our wedding day.”