WESTFIELD, NJ — A South Jersey couple who had to call off their cruise wedding when the worldwide coronavirus outbreak required their guests obtain passports at the last minute has a second shot keeping their nuptials on schedule thanks to a downtown business.

Daniela Kenmure, 29, and Joclyn Kirchner, 28, had booked a Norwegian Line cruise for their wedding but the cruise company at the last minute advised that due to the coronavirus outbreak, their guests would now need to show passports.

Since many of their wedding guests only intended to stay for the wedding portion of the cruise, they didn’t have time to obtain the passports and so the couple was forced to find a new location for their dream wedding, even while the cruise line held much of the monies the couple had paid for the affair.

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Philadelphia based TV news station 6-ABC reported the Tom’s River couple’s nuptial distress call earlier this month. And the owner of the James Ward Mansion in Westfield answered the call with an offer to donate time at the boutique venue’s space in Westfield.

“I saw their story on the news,” said John Ward, who owns the mansion with his brother, James. “Sometimes in life you just have to help people.  So that's what we’re doing. Plain and simple." 

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Mayor Shelley Brindle offered to officiate the wedding, and the couple is now slated to wed on March 6 in Westfield, Kenmure told TAPinto Westfield. While the location has changed, the couple said, the timing remains the same so their traveling guests will not have to reschedule.

“We do definitely want to express our gratitude to all the venders and the community of Westfield, including the mayor of Westfield,” Kirchner said. “We are really grateful to be welcomed by the community of Westfield in our time of need.”

In the meantime, Kirchner and Kenmure hold out hope that the cruise line will refund them the rest of the money they had paid for the original wedding venue.

“We understand that safety precautions need to be taken on a cruise ship, but they didn’t give us enough time to plan for that,” Kenmure said.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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