An Adelaide couple have tied the knot mere hours before South Australia plunged into its toughest lockdown since the pandemic began

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Newly weds Ben Sturm and Sari Krishnan at their wedding ahead of South Australia's strict November lockdown.

An Adelaide couple have tied the knot mere hours before South Australia plunged into its toughest lockdown since the pandemic began.

Key points:

  • A couple fast-tracked their wedding to tie the knot hours before restrictions were imposed
  • Weddings and funerals are not allowed as part of the six-day lockdown
  • The Hindu couple are still planning to have a large wedding when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

Sari Krishnan and her partner, Ben Sturm, were supposed to get married this Saturday.

Originally, they had planned a “full big Indian wedding”, Ms Krishnan said.

“A Hindu ceremony in the morning, then a celebrant, and then reception in the evening — so a big day,” the bride explained.

Coronavirus then turned it into a more subdued affair, due to international and interstate border closures.

“At the start of the year we were worried about overseas guests, then we were worried about Ben’s family in Victoria, and now we can’t do any of it,” Ms Krishnan said.

Zoom wedding guests

Guests were able to watch Ben Sturm and Sari Krishnan’s wedding yesterday after they were forced to cancel their ceremony on Saturday.(Supplied: Sari Krishnan)

When the couple yesterday learned tough new restrictions would be effective from midnight, cancelling all weddings for the next six days, they had to make a decision.

“And he said, ‘yep, OK, I’ll see you at 8:30’.”

Plans came together

A few more phone calls to the couple’s celebrant, dry cleaner and jeweller put the plans in motion for an 8:30pm wedding.

“We managed to get the rings — picked them up last-minute — we walked into the florist and got one of their last bouquets and we walked into Heidelberg Cakes and got one of their last cakes,” Ms Krishnan said.

“Ben was able to pick up his suit and I picked up my dress on Tuesday.

“It’ll just be my parents, sister, my brother, his wife and our puppy, Louis.”

The couple’s extended family also joined in on the ceremony via video call.

“We’re definitely still hoping to have the big wedding once all of this is over — the whole point of the wedding is for our families to get together.

“If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.”

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