Coronavirus torpedoed their dream wedding, but a Baltimore couple decided to make the most of it – by building an RV.
Natalie and Shervin Esfahani were due to tie the knot on May 2, but decided to cancel the ceremony because they didn’t want their 100 guests to risk catching the virus, Natalie told Insider.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was not the right thing to do,” said the bride.
Instead, the couple decided to spend the rest of their wedding budget on a van that they bought and renovated into a part-time home.
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According to Insider, the couple expected their wedding to cost $ 35,000, but by the time they called off the ceremony, they had already deposited $ 15,000 in deposits.
They lost most of that, but with their remaining cash they decided to buy a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and convert it into a house on wheels for $ 11,000.
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Natalie and Shervin bought the van in July, the same month they held a legal wedding ceremony on Skype.
The couple spent several months renovating the van and when it was finished, they decided to hold a greeting ceremony in front of the completed project.
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The florist and photographer they booked for their original ceremony were able to help them decorate and document the ceremony, with the bride and groom in their wedding attire and in front of the van.
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“At this point we have put so much effort into [into the motorized home] that he’s become our child, ”Natalie told Insider. We built this thing from scratch. It was so good and rewarding, so we were ready to show it to the world. ”
“We had that moment where we were like, ‘This is it’,” she added. “It was just perfect. I think it was more than we could have dreamed of for our wedding. It was much more meaningful. ”
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Natalie and Shervin took the van on a week-long “honeymoon” to towns in Pennsylvania, as well as Lake Champlain and Lake George. They also traveled to Florida, where they were originally supposed to get married.
When they’re done traveling, they say the van will continue to be a way for them to escape – and a reminder of their adventures during a difficult time.
“It’s like making lemonade with a ton of lemons,” Natalie said. “We did our best to stay positive during it all. I think we both look at it now as if it was one of the happiest experiences of our lives. It gave us unexpected new life.
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