Local couple wants to give away wedding vendor deposits; asking for story submissions

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – We all know a lot of plans for 2020 went out the window because of the pandemic. That includes many big events for brides and grooms.

A local couple is changing things up and wants to help another couple in the process.

Brittany and Ricky Borja eloped back in December and planned to have a big party in October of 2021. However, COVID-19 continues to make planning difficult.

“It always seems like its up in the air and then you know there’s family members that possibly didn’t want to go because of everything going on,” said Brittany.

The couple decided to elope in December 2020.

“It was just like real, intimate, it was nice and we had great memories,” Said Brittany. “We went to Target after that in my wedding dress, we went to an escape room, we did all kinds of fun stuff.”

Their big celebration was set for Halloween of this year. The venue was booked and the deposits submitted. But this week, they changed their minds.

“I was like, what if we just went on a trip, went on a couple trips instead,” Brittany said.

They knew they wouldn’t get their deposits back, so they reached out to the vendors. Their videographer & DJ agreed to let them transfer those deposits to another couple looking to get married. They are waiting to hear back from their caterer.

Brittany said, “We put money into this for a good reason, there’s a good reason behind it obviously you know, a wedding, and I think it just feels right and it feels nice.”

Their new goal is to give the deposits for their vendors to another deserving couple.

If that applies to you, email your story to them at HamptonRoadsWedding@gmail.com. They will take submissions until May 7.

“Maybe they could send like a picture of themselves and write a little story with the email and then we’ll just do like 2 weeks and we’ll pick somebody,” said Brittany.

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