GEORGIA: The coronavirus pandemic is no match for true love

MARIETTA, Ga. (CNN) — A global pandemic wasn’t about to stop this Georgia couple from tying the knot.

After stay-at-home orders were issued, Patrick West and Lauren Barham, of Marietta, weren’t willing to give up their original wedding date.

So they decided on the next best thing: a Webex wedding.

Nearly 50 people sat down at their computers Friday to watch the virtual event. The audio might not have been perfect, but the moment sure was.

West and Barham had initially planned to have the wedding at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina, with at least 200 people in attendance.

But as the coronavirus outbreak worsened, the town of Highlands completely shut down.

Like many other couples, West and Barham had to make other plans. And delaying their big day certainly wasn’t one of them.

On their original wedding date of April 17, 2020, West called his pastor, fired up his laptop, put on his suit and headed out to his back porch.

It was there that he and his new wife said, “I do,” with friends, family and colleagues cheering them on from the socially distant safety of their own homes.