A Perfect Match Written In the Stars


With so little to do in April 2020, Danielle Lavey and Drew Feldman quickly learned they had easy banter. That was enough for them to keep the conversation going.

“We were quickly reaching a point where if we don’t meet in person, there’s only so far Zoom dating can go,” Mr. Feldman said. So, despite being what they euphemistically called “corona-conscious,” in late May, Mr. Feldman flew from Dallas to Knoxville, Tenn. His above-the-neck attire: two masks, glasses, a hoodie and oversize headphones.

Despite Ms. Lavey’s parents’ hesitations about contracting the coronavirus, they reluctantly agreed to host Mr. Feldman.

“A usual first date that would be in a bar or doing some activity, was in my parents’ living room,” Ms. Lavey said.

A few weeks later, Ms. Lavey traveled to Dallas; again, they prepared and ate Sabbath dinner together, this time with Mr. Feldman’s family.

A friend deemed hers a rebuttal proposal; it was in the form of a book of 45 haikus she wrote about their courtship.

They were married May 6 by Rabbi Josh Livingstone, a college friend of the bride, at the Magnolia, an events space in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Sixty guests, nearly all of whom were vaccinated (including the couple) attended and another 280 watched remotely.

After the traditional Jewish ceremony, a bluegrass band played. During the reception, the groom sang his own version of “Helpless” from the musical “Hamilton,” with family members joining in a choreographed dance.

“When I look at Danielle, I think, ‘I can do marriage, partnership, and build a life with this person,’” Mr. Feldman said. “It doesn’t sound romantic on the surface, but it’s the deepest recognition of all the amazing possibility and potential that I see with her.”



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