Scott Marmon, 32, of New York; and Augustina Montefiori, 28, from Argentina, have been together since they first met in Denver, USA in May 2017. But for the last year, they have been away from each other after Augustina returned to Buenos Aires until the couple decided to have a wedding.

Couple Holds First Ever Virtual Wedding On Zoom Because Of Coronavirus

Scott asked his girlfriend for her hand in January and was about to move to Argentina in March 2020, but then the new coronavirus pandemic broke out, completely closing the borders. So the couple could not meet because they were not married, so they made the decision to have a wedding on October 28 through a video call that included a 19-hour ceremony with virtual guests.

Scott and Augustina obtained a marriage license from the state of Utah to perform the wedding online, 6,000 miles (about 9,650 kilometers) away from each other, in front of a judge, their families and friends.

Couple Holds First Ever Virtual Wedding On Zoom Because Of Coronavirus

The couple met in Denver, Colorado, in May 2017, while Augustina was on a cultural exchange. The young woman remembers that a friend of Scott's family introduced them to each other and organized a dinner.

Augustina returned to her country in November 2019 and then Scott came to visit her in January when he asked for her hand before returning to the United States. "One day, in a very American style, he took out the rings, knelt down and proposed to me," said the bride.

Couple Holds First Ever Virtual Wedding On Zoom Because Of Coronavirus

Scott was to return to Argentina on March 22 so that they could live together, but the pandemic arrived, and on March 14 the borders were closed and flights were canceled, and the couple was forced to separate. The man tried to obtain permission to travel to his girlfriend's country of origin but was rejected for not being her legal husband.

But then they were granted a marriage license, after which they were able to celebrate the wedding online. And now the groom can apply for a family reunification visa and then meet his beloved for the first time in a long time.

Couple Holds First Ever Virtual Wedding On Zoom Because Of Coronavirus

It was the first-ever bi-national virtual wedding since the coronavirus outbreak emerged. Augustina wore a traditional wedding dress created by local designer Marcela Pandol, while the groom wore a dark suit and an open-necked shirt.

Now the couple plans to celebrate a second 'normal' wedding in May 2021. Meanwhile, on her Instagram account the bride writes: "We continue to fight to be together, step by step, we trust that we will be able to hug each other after so much waiting."

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