She plans on getting married in Hillsborough in two weeks.
"Our wedding ends at 10 p.m. and trying to get people home by the curfew or back to the hotel -- it was stressing me out whether my wedding was going to be cut short or are we not going to be able to enjoy it," Kelly said.
When Kelly said yes to Olu back in October in Martha’s Vineyard, they wanted to get married quickly. They landed on the Cloth Mill in @HillsboroughGov. They are now much more confident in their date in two weeks in March after eased indoor restrictions #abc11 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/inUImxPcFO— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) February 26, 2021
Indoor events will soon be able to operate at 30% capacity or a max of 250 people. The overnight curfew was also lifted along with the alcohol curfew which, according to experts, allows events to go to a more normal time.
The new mandate also means guests sitting at the same table don't have to come from the same household.
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"Getting this news where we can be at 30% or the lesser of 250 is great because my 30% is 224," said Nicole Clayton, owner of the Cloth Mill, a former textile mill that she took over in 2015.
The capacity inside is more than 700, which under the eased mandates means she can hold more than 200 guests in safely.
All but 10 of the 50 weddings planned for 2020 at the location didn't happen.
This is the venue they chose in @HillsboroughGov. It’s an old textile mill that was a large developer of jeans back during WWII.— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) February 26, 2021
The owner is thrilled she can have more people in here. Technically they can have more than 200 since their fire capacity is more than 700 #abc11 pic.twitter.com/kxMCAq238J
Wedding photographer Kate Pope barely had any business either, "I think the trend is turning around," she said. "I think people are starting to feel more confident now that we have a vaccine out there and that's encouraging but it's been weird."
Wedding industry experts say the eased restrictions help medium to large venues more but any step in the right direction is good.
"I've been on cloud nine," said Kelly.
She had dreamed of getting married in Italy but opted for North Carolina and Hillsborough because her mother is from Warrenton.
She and her husband live in Mount Vernon outside of New York City.
"I'm beyond grateful," she said. "To all the brides who have had to cancel, this is the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm very blessed to not have to cancel or postpone anything."