Meredith Wyatt/Kerry Ames
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Friends Throw Surprise ‘Social Distance’ Shower For Bride-To-Be

When she was forced to postpone her wedding due to the coronavirus, they thought of a fun (and safe!) way to cheer her up.


When Sheila Brosnan realized that she had to postpone her upcoming wedding due to the coronavirus, she was devastated.

Brosnan and her fiancé, Terence Gavin, were supposed to celebrate their nuptials on June 6, 2020, which is Father's Day weekend. The two chose the date to honor their late fathers. But, like many other couples who were planning on spring and summer wedding days, they decided to reschedule the event for later in the year.

"I didn't realize how emotional it was going to be [to postpone the wedding] and how attached I'd become to that date," Brosnan told Good Morning America. "It was in my heart at that point."

Not only did Brosnan have to postpone her wedding, but she figured the bridal shower would also have to wait until after the crisis.

That's when her friends stepped in and decided to throw her a surprise 'social distance' shower to help cheer her up.

"We didn't want our lovely friend to miss out on traditions because of bad luck timing," Kerry Ames, a friend of Brosnan's who helped plan the shower, said.

Last weekend, Gavin asked Brosnan to take a drive with him to get their minds off of the wedding. When they got to the parking lot outside of their apartment building, they noticed a group of people setting up for a party.

The group of friends set up chairs 6 feet apart from one another to stay safe. Meredith Wyatt/Kerry Ames

"I even looked at my fiancé and said, 'I hope those people are being socially distant there,'" Brosnan recalled. "'I don't know who they are, but I hope they're following the rules.'"

When the bride-to-be got closer, she realized the people were her friends. They had set up blankets and chairs near their cars, which were parked the CDC-recommended distance of 6 feet away from each other to avoid spreading the virus.

Brosnan quickly found her "throne," which was a beach chair decorated with white streamers and balloons. The girls had set up a pile of gifts, and some coffee and doughnuts next to the chair.

Brosnan's friends surprised her with a 'social distance' bridal shower in a parking lot. Meredith Wyatt/Kerry Ames

Once the shock wore off, Brosnan said her and her friends just sat and looked at each other for a while. They hadn't seen each other since the coronavirus outbreak forced schools and businesses in their town of Ashburn, VA to close and people started social distancing to stay safe.

"We were far apart but we just kept looking at each other and saying hi," Brosnan said. "It was emotional seeing these faces that I love so much but have not seen in recent weeks."

Even though Brosnan has been stressed about rescheduling her wedding day, she said the shower was a powerful reminder to stay focused on the positive.

"That shower, walking out and seeing some of my closest friends, it was like everything is going to be okay because people are good and kind and they take care of each other," she said. "Now I need to pay it forward, too."

How can you start something good?

What an inspiring act of kindness!


With social distancing becoming the new normal, it's going to take some creativity to not miss out on celebrating important milestones with family and friends.


You can follow the girls' lead and throw your own social distance party – just be sure to stay 6-feet away from each other to stay safe!


If you'd rather celebrate indoors, you can use remote conferencing software like Zoom or Skype to get together.


You can make signs, send cards, arrange a drive-by greeting – there are plenty of ways to stay connected while you're flattening the curve. Just be sure to take the proper precautions!

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