NY couple will get married at Canadian border so household can attend

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An upstate New York couple whose marriage ceremony plans have been disrupted by journey restrictions on the US-Canadian border ending up saying “I do” proper on the Quebec crossing so all of their friends might attend.

Karen Mahoney and Brian Ray had hoped that the border can be open in time for the bride’s mother and father and grandparents from Quebec to have the ability to attend their marriage ceremony.

“We didn’t want to wait and have a long engagement. We are so much in love that we couldn’t wait another day to be married,” Mahoney told CBS News.

But because the Cadyville ski instructors’ Sept. 25 nuptials neared, they realized that the COVID-19 journey restrictions would nonetheless be in place.

The couple turned to a childhood good friend nicknamed “Border Brian,” a border patrol agent who was in a position to organize their marriage ceremony to happen on the Jamieson Line Border Crossing, the place Burke, New York, meets Quebec.

“He was off-duty at the time and … let the other agents who were on duty know what was going to transpire,” Mahoney stated. “He arranged so that it would be uninterrupted.”

Karen Mahoney and Brian Ray turned to a childhood friend who is a border patrol agent, to help arrange the wedding so that the Karen Mahoney's family could attend.
Karen Mahoney and Brian Ray turned to a childhood good friend who’s a border patrol agent, to assist organize the marriage in order that the Karen Mahoney’s household might attend.
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Mahoney stated her 96-year-old grandmother was thrilled to have the ability to attend in any case.

“She was extremely excited,” she advised the outlet. “I’ve seen her once in two years. So, it was very emotional. We both cried. And she expressed to me later that to witness the happiest day of my life is a moment she would never forget.”