A Texas wedding photographer contracted COVID-19 after the groom did not disclose his positive test result before the wedding day.
The incident happened recently in Texas. The unnamed photographer, who has asthma and three children, had been at the ceremony (which was without masks) for a couple of hours, when a bridesmaid made an offhand comment thanking her for coming despite “everything that’s going on with the groom.” Upon the photographer asking for clarification of the remark, the bridesmaid mentioned that the groom has tested positive for COVID-19 the previous day and told her not to “freak out” because she thought since he wasn’t showing symptoms that everything was fine. After hearing the news, the photographer and her assistant left the ceremony early, but the exit was not without controversy, with many in the wedding party deeming her actions selfish and even the wedding planner calling it “the most unprofessional thing she’d ever seen.”
Nonetheless, the photographer took appropriate precautions to protect her family and subcontracted imminent future weddings, which paid off, as she developed symptoms and tested positive a few days later, though the couple showed no signs of remorse for the turn of events. In fact, before she left the wedding, in speaking with a bridesmaid, she said: “I have children. What if my children die?” Incredibly, the bridesmaid responded: “I understand, but this is her wedding day.”
Of course, it shouldn’t need to be said that COVID-19 can absolutely be passed from person to person even if the carrier is asymptomatic.