The bride and groom had a virtual receiving line with 30 friends and family members congratulating them via Zoom following their ceremony. (Esther Moerman photo)

The bride and groom had a virtual receiving line with 30 friends and family members congratulating them via Zoom following their ceremony. (Esther Moerman photo)

PHOTOS: B.C. nurse and doctor marry early ‘just in case’ amid COVID pandemic

The Hogarths had a socially distant April wedding, now work on COVID-19 frontlines as husband and wife

A Langley nurse and doctor, scheduled to be married in June, tied the knot “just in case” this month in a socially distant wedding.

Sarah and David Hogarth pushed up their date for tying the knot, admittedly, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In case this gets worse, let’s do it now,” Sarah told her sister, maid of honour Esther Moerman, who photographed their special day.

The wedding was thrown together in just four days, the sister said.

David works as doctor. Sarah is currently working as a nurse.

“They were preparing for things to get worse,” said Moerman. “David’s hours are already crazy with COVID-19.”

As a professional photographer, most of Moerman’s clients postponed their summer nuptials. But her own sister couldn’t resist getting married even sooner than originally planned.

It was not a typical ceremony, the sister noted.

With eight guests in total, chairs were spread more than six feet apart, grouped into sections of people from the same household.

David’s family, who live in Alberta, were not able to attend the wedding as his father works as an ER doctor and is essential amid the pandemic.

The Moerman father officiated the wedding, held in Agassiz at Fraser River Lodge, overlooking Mt. Cheam.

[Story continues below]

After the pair said “I do,” the bride and groom took to Zoom – via a laptop – for a virtual receiving line.

“There were 30 people in different chat rooms that congratulated the bride and groom,” Moerman retold. “It was magnificent.”

Out of the several people that did attend in-person, no one except the happy couple hugged – to prevent potential COVID spread.

Prior to the date, the Hogarths had 175 confirmed guests for a June 20 wedding.

READ MORE: Young B.C. couple tie the knot in wake of COVID-19

The uncertainty of the pandemic and seemingly-tightening provincial health ban on events made the Hogarths value the lifelong pledge they made to each other, more than a large-scale reception.

“I was teary eyed,” Moerman said.

“Sarah didn’t care about the details and hosting a big party and being the centre of attention; she was marrying the man of her dreams.”

The newlyweds ate pizza, in suit and dress, while practising social distancing with guests following their ceremony.

It was nothing at all what the bride had envisioned for her big day, “but she told me that it was her dream wedding.”

The most important part – for the bride – being that David was now her husband.

The pair can now fight on the frontlines of COVID-19 – as husband and wife.

David & Sarah's Wedding Day from Esther Moerman on Vimeo.

CoronavirusRelationships

 

Family portraits were taken according to household, with a safe distance kept in between each family clan. (Esther Moerman photo)

Family portraits were taken according to household, with a safe distance kept in between each family clan. (Esther Moerman photo)

Langley nurse Sarah and doctor David Hogarth pushed up their June wedding because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They had a small ceremony April 9 that practised social distancing among in-person and virtual guests. (Esther Moerman photo)

Langley nurse Sarah and doctor David Hogarth pushed up their June wedding because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They had a small ceremony April 9 that practised social distancing among in-person and virtual guests. (Esther Moerman photo)

Wedding guests all sat more than six feet apart during and after the Hogarth’s ceremony. (Esther Moerman photo)

Wedding guests all sat more than six feet apart during and after the Hogarth’s ceremony. (Esther Moerman photo)

The couple enjoyed pizza following their ceremony. (Esther Moerman photo)

The couple enjoyed pizza following their ceremony. (Esther Moerman photo)

Just Posted

An SUV sits where it crashed through the front window of the 2:18 Run store in Fairfield Plaza, after the driver appeared to lose control on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Phil Nicholls)
Driver crashes through front window of Victoria running store in Fairfield

Phil Nicholls of 2:18 Run said crash sounded like an earthquake at first

Processed sewage is still being deposited at the Hartland landfill rather than sent as biosolids to a Richmond cement plant. (Black Press Media file photo)
Biosolids at Hartland still being placed on landfill in Saanich

Richmond cement plant up and running, but CRD end product not suitable for purpose

Seismic upgrading and expansion work at Victoria High School is about a year behind due to pandemic-related factors, the Greater Victoria School District announced. (Photo by Cole Descoteau)
Victoria High School seismic work, expansion a year behind schedule

Greater Victoria School District now targeting September 2023 for reopening of historic school

Elk Lake Drive area resident Michael Blayney protests a proposed multi-building development for his Royal Oak neighbourhood, outside Saanich municipal hall on Monday (June 14). (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Demonstrators protest 11-storey development on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich

Saanich locals gather at municipal hall to protest development, public hearing goes Tuesday

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is calling on Transport Canada to rescind its ban to Feb. 28, 2022 on cruise ship stops in Canada, to allow planning to begin in advance of a reopening of the cruise industry next year.
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority seeks end to federal ban on cruise ship stops in Canada

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO hopes cruises will resume by 2022

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read