An hour before she was to marry her fiance in the middle of the street recently, Amanda Mason, 33, walked out of her house on Walter Street in the Southeast section of Washington, D.C., to find big hearts drawn in chalk all down the sidewalks. House plants were arranged to form an alter where she and Aaron Meyers, 34, would hold their wedding ceremony. A few days earlier, Walter Street's unofficial "mayor," Colette Marchesini gave out poster board for neighbors to make signs to place in front of their houses. She declared the street closed from 6:30 until 7 p.m.
Fifty-some wedding guests were patched in to the ceremony over ZOOM, including Meyer's father, who officiated from his home in Northwest Washington. Neighbors donned masks to help celebrate in person. Meyers reminded them to stay at least fix feet apart. "It was phenomenal," Mason said of ow everyone pitched in to make their ceremony full of joy. And the residents of Walter Street had so much fun that they're considering putting on another event soon -- a socially distant prom.