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Watch lightning strike after a groom says it has not been the best year

The timing of it was impeccable and worthy of a Hollywood set.

After postponing their wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic, Aaron Sawitsky and Denice McClure, of Boston, were finally saying their vows before a small group of family and friends Saturday on Buzzards Bay in Marion when it happened.

“Let’s face it, 2020 has not been the best year,” said Aaron right before a bolt of lightning and crack of thunder startled guests and stunned the bride.

Aaron’s cousin captured the moment on video, which Aaron later shared on Instagram, writing: “Turn on the sound for this one. Mother nature has one wry sense of humor. Thankfully no one got electrocuted and we finished our vows before the rain started!”

“You actually see my reaction in the video,” said Aaron, 35, a marketing manager. “I kind of gesture like, ‘Yeah, that figures.’”

“I just really wanted to finish getting married,” said Denice, 33, a dental hygienist. “We had been through so much to get to that point. I was like, ‘We’re so close. Come on.’”

It has been a challenging year for the couple in many ways.

“What I was actually referring to in my vows is Denice lost her job this year,” Aaron said. “And she handled it with incredible strength and grace. She’s back employed once again.”

The couple also navigated a temporary move and replanning their wedding four times, he said, and are stronger after all of it.

They met through mutual friends in 2014 and began dating in early 2018 after reconnecting at a wedding. Aaron proposed on Denice’s birthday last year and they set a June 20, 2020, wedding date. The celebration would take place in his parents’ backyard in Marion with nearly 200 guests, some traveling internationally.

When it became clear that the wedding they’d imagined could not happen this summer, the determined couple decided they’d still make it work by following state guidelines. They picked a new date: Aug. 22. The wedding still took place in his parents’ backyard, but the guest list was slashed to 36, plans for a bar, appetizer buffet, and dance floor were scrapped, guests were seated two to a table, and everyone wore masks and social distanced.

“We asked all guests to wear masks when they weren’t eating or drinking,” Aaron said. “We gave them the option of taking them off if their photograph was being taken.”

The only times the wedding party and the parents of the bride and groom didn’t wear masks was during the ceremony and photos, he said.

“We had done everything we could have to make this a safe wedding,” Denice said.

“Ironically, the last thing we wanted was for our wedding to be a news story,” Aaron said. “But this is OK. This is a different type of news story.”

Denice and Aaron Sawitsky stand before a rainbow on their wedding day. —Alex Paul Photography

The couple is currently honeymooning on Nantucket.

“Hopefully we’ll get to a regular honeymoon at some point, but it’s tough because it’s unclear when [the pandemic] will pass,” Denice said.

“I think that it sums up 2020 pretty accurately in terms of: expect the unexpected,” Aaron said.” At the end of the day, our wedding ended with sunny skies and a rainbow and us surrounded by our families. And that’s a pretty good way to start a marriage.”

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