Texas Groom Holds Wedding Despite Positive COVID Test the Day Before, Says Photographer

One person's wedding can be another person's horror story, especially in the age of COVID. In a Texas Monthly article titled "Texas Wedding Photographers Have Seen Some $#!+" published on Wednesday, photographers recalled documenting massive maskless weddings throughout the pandemic. The lede itself will make you scramble for your hand sanitizer.

Emily McCullar writes: "The wedding photographer had already spent an hour or two inside with the unmasked wedding party when one of the bridesmaids approached her. The woman thanked her for still showing up, considering "everything that's going on with the groom." When the photographer asked what she meant by that, the bridesmaid said the groom had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before."

Despite the positive diagnosis, the wedding happened, and the bridesmaids downplayed it because the groom didn't have symptoms. The photographer, however, had asthma and three kids. She left early, was told she was unprofessional for doing so and ultimately contracted the coronavirus. The worst part? The newlyweds "didn't care," the photographer recalled.

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A customer tries a wedding dress in the atelier of designer Mariella Gennarino of Catania, open again to the public after the lockdown on May 6, in Catania, Italy. In a Texas Monthly article, some photographers recalled documenting massive maskless weddings throughout the pandemic. Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images

McCullar spoke to six wedding photographers about their experiences during the pandemic. One photographer said that roughly half the weddings they worked at had been maskless. "I've been in hotel ballrooms inside and it's been packed like sardines and everyone's having a great time. No one's wearing masks," they said.

Another recalled six out of 14 bridesmaids catching the coronavirus. A third photographer said they went to maskless weddings, where folks in their 80s and 90s weren't even protecting themselves. "I saw a guy with an oxygen machine. He was carrying around an oxygen machine to breathe," they said, "but he didn't have a mask on."

Sure, the logistics of planning a wedding are hectic to begin with, let alone having to postpone them for a later date. However, when the health of others is at risk, pushing the nuptials to a later date is the way to go.

It's safe to say that folks on Twitter were shocked by the revelations in the Texas Monthly article. "This is bonkers. Not only did the groom have COVID and not tell anyone, when the wedding photographer found out and left, the plague ridden a**holes got mad and when she contracted COVID, they didn't GAF."

This is bonkers. Not only did the groom have COVID and not tell anyone, when the wedding photographer found out and left, the plague ridden assholes got mad and when she contracted COVID, they didn't GAF.

Texas Wedding Photographers Have Seen Some $#!+ https://t.co/h9HV0sTkDS

— 🎅🏿Imani Gandy Cane🎅🏿 (@AngryBlackLady) December 16, 2020

"This story is disgusting. Disgusting. The wedding photographer has asthma and three kids, and tested positive a few days later, because the groom had it and they went ahead with the wedding knowing he was positive," another person wrote. "WTF is wrong with people, my God."

This story is disgusting. Disgusting. The wedding photographer has asthma and three kids, and tested positive a few days later, because the groom had it and they went ahead with the wedding knowing he was positive.

WTF is wrong with people, my God.https://t.co/geajbUNxrl

— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@ECMcLaughlin) December 16, 2020

"There's selfishness and then there's hiring a photographer for your unmasked wedding party pictures without mentioning that the groom tested positive for COVID a couple days prior," a third person wrote.

There’s selfishness and then there’s hiring a photographer for your unmasked wedding party pictures without mentioning that the groom tested positive for COVID a couple days prior. https://t.co/FsO6srjGXr

— stacy-marie ishmael (@s_m_i) December 16, 2020

One user said that postponing their wedding was a "no-brainer," but they were scared of the repercussions they could have faced. "[F]or a couple weeks we were scared the venue would make us have it if the state didn't put in restrictions, [I] am tired of people thinking I'm f***ing crazy for giving a s*** because of terrible people like this"

postponing our wedding was a no-brainer, for a couple weeks we were scared the venue would make us have it if the state didn’t put in restrictions, i am tired of people thinking i’m fucking crazy for giving a shit because of terrible people like thishttps://t.co/EhMFWFaf0d

— Joshua Rivera (@jmrivera02) December 16, 2020

As of publishing, over 300,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States.