The pandemic was not able to stop Project Runway’s Elaine Welteroth jumping the broom.

Welteroth and her longtime love Jonathan Singletary were supposed to have their dream wedding on May 10, but the Rona had other plans. The couple was in denial until the virus affected Singletary’s bachelor party travel plans.


“Almost every day in the lead-up, another member of his crew, in order of personal paranoia, dropped out,” she recalled to Vogue. “Once it was clear that postponing the bachelor party weekend was the only decision to be made, our eyes turned reluctantly toward our wedding date.”

The couple had to remix their plans, but Welteroth was determined to keep their wedding date.

“There was so much symbolism in this sequence of numbers [5-10-20] that only come together once in a lifetime,” Welteroth explained. The date was also sentimental since it fell on a Sunday and the couple first met in church.

Welteroth added, “also, it fell on a Sunday—the day we met as kids and saw each other every week growing up. But it wasn’t just any Sunday, it would be Mother’s Day!”

The couple could have waited, but the former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief believes they waited long enough.

“But as the reality set in, both of us realized that we actually felt more ‘married’ to our date and to each other than we did to our big, exciting plans,” Welteroth said. “There was so much meaning wrapped up into the date we picked. Plus, we had a long engagement — 3.5 years! — so the idea of waiting any longer felt painful. More painful than losing out on celebrating our wedding the way we had initially envisioned.”

Intent on maintaining their date, the couple began a new planning process. Welteroth’s wedding gown came from her closet, and Singletary wore a blazer he borrowed from a friend. The bride did her own makeup in the backseat of a car, and her hairstylist walked her through styling her hair via Zoom. The couple’s stoop became the centerpiece of their nuptials and was adorned with a display of fresh flowers. Guests near and far were asked to wear white.