- Nurse Amanda Stuart met Ronnie Dooley when his father had a motorcycle accident and she had to take care of him.
- The two hit it off and after several years, started planning their wedding. Unfortunately, they had to cancel the wedding plans.
- They moved to New York so Amanda can help in the fight against COVID-19. But with the help of friends, the two eventually wed in Times Square.
A nurse from Texas went to New York City to help fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, then ended up getting married in the heart of the Big Apple.
On Sunday night, Amanda Stuart and Ronnie Dooley got married in Time Square, uttering their “I dos” with face masks on. Their family and Amanda’s co-nurses from Coney Island Hospital attended the wedding.
“You love me in ways I could never have imagined. You have truly made my life complete.” said the 42-year-old nurse in her vows.
Ronnie, 37, reciprocated in his vows: “You are the one and only who has shown me true love, compassion, selflessness…There’s no other way to describe you but perfect — perfect for me,.”
The couple met in 2011 when Amanda was assigned to take care of Ronnie’s father who got into a motorcycle accident. Amanda took care of him for 14 consecutive days in the ICU until he passed away. She was asked to give a speech at his funeral and since then, Amanda and Ronnie stayed close.
Two years ago the couple, who both have three kids from their previous relationships, decided to turn their relationship to another level. Amanda traveled for 8 hours so they could have their first romantic date on Memorial Day.
“We have been inseparable from that day,” she tells PEOPLE.
Their initial plan was to get married on May 30 in Arkansas, where Ronnie is from but had to be changed because of the sudden COVID-19 outbreak in the US. They decided to move to New York while Amanda joins the battle in the frontlines.
Her colleagues were joking at her that they should get married in New York and soon after, they started working on it.
Even strangers began pitching in their time and skills to give the couple their most wanted wedding despite the circumstance. Alexandria Render, Krucial Staffing emergency management director, started the plans off the ground while others played their parts coordinating, taking photos, and videos. The flowers, the gown, the cake, were all donated for their special day.
“We’re not used to this kind of stuff — we’re from a small town,” Ronnie said. “It is surreal.”