Here -finally- comes the bride

Posted March 12, 2021

Carolina News & Reporter
University of South Carolina

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With pandemic restrictions gradually lifting in South Carolina, a boom in business for the wedding industry is expected in the near future. That means long delayed wedding bells for engaged couples, many of whom had to postpone or completely cancel their weddings. 

A wedding on the way

Couple posing with engagement signAnnaMarie Ringer and her fiance, Sawyer Styron, have been planning their wedding throughout the pandemic, and are looking forward to their big day on June 5. 

“Planning a wedding during the pandemic has had its positives and then some challenges as well,” said Ringer. “My mother’s health is at the forefront of my mind. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2020 and began chemotherapy in January 2021. This means that these wedding plans must be as safe as we can make them during this time, meaning we cannot invite as many people as we would have liked to have at our big day.”  

Ringer and Styron’s reception will take place at a venue in Camden, South Carolina, which has indoor and outdoor seating. 

Despite the wedding planning challenges, the couple is excited to provide their friends and family a way to reunite for the first time since before the pandemic began. 

“It feels like such a blessing to have made it to this point in the pandemic where we can safely have a wedding and celebrate our marriage,” said Ringer. “I feel like this wedding will be a breath of fresh air for many in attendance, because many have not had an event to look forward to in over a year. It will be a celebration of many things.” 

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