University of St. Thomas Magazine COVID-19 Special Edition

Lo P R E V A I L S Anthony (Tony) Eicher ’12 and Annie Dupslaff ’10 planned to share one of the happiest days of their lives with 160 friends and family on Saturday, March 21. The day would be filled with joy and cheer as they were wed at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on campus. The couple, who were engaged last fall, had spent hours making sure all the details were just right. They even decided to schedule the ceremony and reception in March to beat the spring wedding rush. On March 16, the couple decided to cancel their original plans, but not the wedding. Instead, with some fast-acting help from St. Thomas’ sacramental coordinator Christina Crow from Campus Ministry, they moved their nuptials up to Tuesday, March 17, at the chapel with only Annie’s parents present as witnesses. (Tony’s parents were unable to travel for the event.) By AMY CARLSON GUSTAFSON Photos by MARK BROWN

“I always dreamed of marrying a very good man, not the party necessarily,” Annie said. “Being able to be that bride for a really special man – I was able to do that. “The actual marriage part made me nervous,” she explained. “The party and the celebration can be postponed, that’s not terrible. I wanted to start my life with Tony, and I didn’t want to wait.”

Then social distancing was advised amidst the rise of the coronavirus. They realized for the safety and health of their loved ones, they might have to call off their big day. “We spent the previous weekend talking about what we were going to do, what we should do and what we were going to be allowed to do,” Tony said.

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