Whatawedding: Tallahassee couple gets married in front of favorite restaurant

Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 12:52 AM EDT
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By: Brandon Spencer | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 25, 2020

Tallahassee, Fla (WCTV) -- A bride traded in her wedding gown for an orange dress Wednesday as a Tallahassee couple got married outside their favorite restaurant: Whataburger.

COVID-19 has forced Scott and Andrea to cancel and re-plan their wedding three times. But this Tallahassee couple wasn’t about to let the virus infect their love.

“I’m speechless. I really don’t know what to say about what just happened right now," said the bride, Andrea Bedwell-Paschal.

It was a breath of fresh air for a couple that didn’t know if they would have their wedding day.

“I’m a little bit relieved because coronavirus came in and wrecked everything," said Bedwell-Paschal. "But I was pretty determined to get this done.”

They were supposed to have a big wedding at Shiloh Farm on Saturday, March 28, but the pandemic's spread over the last three weeks forced them to downsize.

Wedding planner Dent Ward says nothing was going to stop the pair.

“We knew that love would prevail over whatever was going on today, and I thought this was an epic idea," said Ward.

An idea, that developed over the couple's love for food.

"I’ve been a fan of Whataburger since I was eight years old," said the groom, Scott Paschal. "But when everything kind of fell apart, she said 'Let’s do it today and let’s do it at Whataburger.'”

Now the happy couple is ready to start their future. They were very excited to share the moment with their family and friends, who were in nearby cars or across the street practicing social distancing.

"We’re blessed, said Paschal. "We got really lucky and we’re happy.”

On a day they’ll never forget, the newly-weds decided to have their wedding reception at their parent's home to enjoy photos and cupcakes.

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