MANILA, Philippines — The world is at a pandemic standstill, but the highly-rated American TV show “Today” went out of its way to officiate the wedding of medical frontliners Vanessa Baral and Herwyn Silva on June 25 — which was originally scheduled in May but postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
The wedding pushed through because “Today” cohost Hoda Kotb (pronounced “Kot-bee”) is an ordained minister.
“It’s surreal,” said Silva during the ceremony.
He never thought the wedding would push through, since Baral had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in early April.
She’s a nurse at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital in Queens, New York, while Silva works at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York, also as a nurse.
Thankfully, Baral recovered in two weeks.
The wedding ceremony’s highlights included Kotb officiating the wedding vows, the couple kissing in front of cameras, and, because they are fans of Filipino band South Border, its leader Jay Durias, co-lead singer Kell Gatdula, saxophonist Edward Picache, and drummer Otep Concepcion performing its 2003 hit song “Rainbow” while the couple danced.
The newlyweds were gifted with a seven-day honeymoon in 2021 at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Fiji, courtesy of Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways.