The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the 2020 wedding season, causing many couples to postpone tying the knot. Not to let a virus stand in the way of love, however, one Canadian couple got creative with their wedding plans. So their friends and family from both the US and Canada would be able to attend their nuptials — and sidestep the border restrictions — they got married right on the US-Canada border.

Alex Leckie and Lindsay Clowes, from Nova Scotia, Canada, got married on October 10 on a pier along the St. Croix River in New Brunswick, Canada. The location was within easy viewing distance of Calais, Maine, so US-based family members could also be present for the occasion and attend the ceremony from boats.

The couple had initially planned to get married in August when the pandemic forced their plans to change. They considered postponing until 2021 before devising this creative approach.

Clowes told CNN, “It couldn’t have gone any better. I wouldn’t change anything about it. I had this idea in the back of my head I always called Plan B to get married on the river so family can join us by boat and the other side of the river. I called my parents and I said, ‘I have this idea, what do you think?’ And they loved it and really helped us bring that vision to life so we were able to plan it and have the wedding within six weeks.”

It’s the perfect example of making the best of an unfortunate situation — and creating a very unexpected memory. “I was overwhelmed with happiness,” said Clowes, “to see Alex there and all our family and friends together in such a cool and unique way.”