A recent wedding has become the center of a family dispute. The disagreement arose over COVID-19 safety measures and their impact on the wedding photographs, a crucial part of any wedding ceremony.
The bride’s older sister, who has been exceptionally cautious about the COVID-19 pandemic, had initially demanded that all attendees be checked for their vaccination status and undergo rapid tests at the entrance.
The couple declined these requests, suggesting instead that she could attend the wedding virtually if she had reservations about the safety protocols.
Despite the lack of stringent measures, the sister decided to attend the wedding in person, wearing an N-95 mask to protect herself. However, this became a point of contention during the family photo session.
Photo Session Disagreement
The couple asked her to remove the mask for the photographs, which she refused, stating that doing so would defeat the purpose of wearing it. This led to a heated argument, and eventually, she was not included in the primary family photos.
The sister was displeased during the wedding and did not stay for the after-party. She later communicated to others that she felt that if the couple got COVID-19, they totally deserved it.
She also told people that the couple was fat-phobic that’s why she wasn’t in the photos, a claim that the couple denies. The disagreement has escalated to the point where the sister has declared her intention not to invite the couple to her future wedding.
Under Public Scrutiny
One commenter leaned towards supporting the couple, stating that she probably should not have attended the wedding in person if the sister felt so at risk. They criticized the sister’s behavior as inappropriate, suggesting it seemed like a way to draw attention to herself.
However, they also noted that the couple could have taken a few photos with her included, even if they didn’t intend to keep them.
A different individual expressed understanding towards the sister, questioning if she planned to eat or drink at the wedding and comparing the act of removing the mask for a quick photo to taking it off for eating or drinking.
They felt the sister was being overly pushy but leaned more towards supporting the couple’s decision.
Questioning the Shift in Photo Traditions
Another person brought up a broader perspective, noting a shift in photos’ purpose from recording events as they happened to stage them for aesthetic reasons. They felt it might have been nice to have a photo that included everyone, mask or no mask, to look back on in the future.
Adhering to Protocol
The sister’s insistence on strict adherence to COVID-19 precautionary measures such as wearing a mask and getting tests done is supported by the findings of this study. The high adherence to mask-wearing observed in the study indicates that a significant portion of the population recognizes the benefits of this precautionary measure.
On the other hand, the couple prioritizing aesthetics over safety in photos by removing the sister who was wearing a mask seems to be in line with the lesser adherence to social distancing observed in the study, potentially indicating a lower perceived severity or benefit associated with this precautionary measure.
The sister’s insistence on wearing a mask aligns with the precautionary measures encouraged during the pandemic. However, the couple also had the right to request the removal of the mask for the photos, as it was a private event and not a public setting where mask mandates were enforced.
The reasonableness of their decision can be seen as subjective and dependent on individual perspectives on the importance of adhering to COVID-19 safety measures.
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