Amy Wiersma and Clint Van Beek

Sanborn residents Clint Van Beek and Amy Wiersma had to change their wedding plans in response to the social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The couple will wed on Saturday, March 28, at Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn with only their immediate family present.

SANBORN—The novel coronavirus is not stopping Amy Wiersma and Clint Van Beek of Sanborn from tying the knot on Saturday, March 28.

But it is changing the number of people who will attend their wedding ceremony.

“It will just be our parents and our pastor at the church,” Wiersma said. “It’ll just be us, and it’ll be a quiet little thing and get it done and move on with life.”

The ceremony will take place at Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Sanborn.

The couple’s original plan was to have about 275 guests in attendance, with a reception to be held afterward at the Hartley Community Center.

That changed after Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency on Tuesday, which restricted gatherings of more than 10 people at places such as restaurants, churches and community centers.

“When we realized that things really needed to change, it was a pretty hard blow for both of us,” Wiersma said. “It took us a little while to get our heads wrapped around it.”

They spent Wednesday printing out postcards to send to their guests informing them a small wedding ceremony still would take place with just immediate family members and that the wedding reception would be postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date in the summer.

The couple became engaged Aug. 28 and set March 28 as their wedding date shortly thereafter.

Since Van Beek was busy farming during the fall, he and Wiersma did not begin to plan for the wedding in earnest until after the harvest season concluded.

Wiersma, a native of Austin, MN, worked as a direct-mail specialist for the marketing agency, Marketing Plus Inc. in Albert Lea, MN.

She moved to Sanborn after getting engaged to help Van Beek on the farm.

“I work basically as needed, remotely, for the same company, and I help him out whenever he needs help with farm stuff,” she said.

Although they had to scrap the initial plans for their special day, the Sanborn couple is glad to be moving forward with a contingency plan.

“Our goal has never been the wedding day and the decorations and just all of the activity, our goal has always just been that we’re getting married,” Wiersma said.

“That’s still happening for us, that’s not changing and we truly are grateful for that.”