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LOVE ON THE RADIO: Couple weds outside Cedar Rapids radio station

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- What determines conventionality seems to be rather loose these days. For a couple in Cedar Rapids, they didn't mind having a unique wedding, just as long as they had a wedding.

“It was supposed to be low key initially," said Jason Bertch, who was supposed to marry Darcy Dzick on April 25th surrounded by family and friends.

As the severity of the coronavirus pandemic increased, they attempted to adjust their plans.

“We scaled it back to just do it in our driveway, so people could park in the street. To let's just sign paperwork, cause we just weren't going to not let it happen,” Bertch said.

The idea came to Jason while listening to "The Morning Scramble" on Z102.9, where DJ Ericn Hanson said he was officiated and thought it would be fun to marry someone on air.

"We wondered what kind of person would take us up on that?" Hanson said.

The couple thought it would be a great way to remember their wedding while also keeping their families safe.

"I don't want to put them at risk for something that's... yes, it's important but it's not important enough for anyone to get sick," Darcy said.

Complete with flowers, cake, and a photographer the radio station did their best to make the Bertch's day as close to a traditional wedding as possible.

Through a window into the studio, Hanson married the couple, saying he felt even more connected to them and their daughters, who were the Maid of Honor and the Best Woman.

“Their personality fit the radio station perfectly.They're big fans of the morning show, so it was the perfect match. I married them, but it feels like we're really close to them now too.” Hanson said.

The couple's mothers watched from their cars parked next to the radio station, following social distancing guidelines.

"It shows, regardless of what's going on, there are always ways to make the best of everything," said Pam Ost, mother of the bride.

Her daughter agrees, saying they'll have a more traditional ceremony later in the year when everyone can safely join in on the festivities.

"Everything can be postponed, you can do stuff later and still treat it just like everybody was there originally," Darcy said.

The couple had some advice for those struggling to find hope in this time of crisis.

“Find those little reasons to be happy, celebrate those little moments of joy and celebrate what you can find." Bertch said.

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Taylor Vessel

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