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Stony Brook University Hospital Healthcare Hero Weds In Backyard Ceremony - With Family And Loved Ones There Virtually

Nicole Barylski

The happy couple on their wedding day. (Photo: Stony Brook Medicine)

There have been many brides and grooms that had to postpone or cancel their wedding plans recently because of COVID-19, but Kristie Golden, PhD, LMHC, CRC, Executive Administrator and Associate Director of Operations, Stony Brook Medicine, isn't one of them.

"It would have been easy to just postpone everything but we decided that we would not let the circumstances stop us," Dr. Golden shared.

Dr. Golden had originally planned to marry her fiancé Greg Campo on May 17 during festivities that included a dinner celebration with friends and family at a local restaurant. However, the eatery was forced to close because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The couple's custom masks. (Photo: Stony Brook Medicine)

But, the Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) employee and the love of her life decided not to let that stop them from getting married. Instead, the happy couple tied the knot in their Smithtown backyard, which was festively decorated with a spectacular wedding trellis, flowers, bubble machine and handmade face masks for the bride and groom. The couple's children, as well as six guests were in attendance - all of which wore masks, of course. The rest of their family and friends were also present virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live.

"Everyone's participation in their own way brightened our world and we hope it did theirs as well," Dr. Golden expressed. "The day was beautiful, the birds were chirping and the celebration was everything we had hoped. Our goal was to shine light on a difficult time by celebrating our love."

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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