When Curtis and Megan met, she was already wearing a wedding dress

COVID-19 canceled their wedding, but the party continues.

Curtis Foster and Megan Dumont.

Curtis Foster and Megan Dumont.

Courtesy: Curtis Foster
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When Curtis Foster and Megan Dumont met, he was Santa and she was a bride.

They had heard of each other through mutual friends but had never met until that fateful Halloween party five years ago. Dumont was dressed as Sarah Williams, Jennifer Connelly’s character in the 1980s cult flick “Labyrinth.” Foster’s Santa suit was old and raggedy.

They started dating six months later, and in December 2018, Foster asked Dumont to marry him in a gondola on their way to a fancy dinner in Keystone.

“It was almost, like, anticlimactic,” Foster said. “I say that because I had been planning different ways to propose, and they had all gone wrong. I had been carrying around the ring for entirely too long. And so it was just, like, finally. Relieving.”

A global pandemic might have derailed their original wedding plans, but Dumont and Foster said they’re not letting that spoil their big day.

The couple, who live in Wheat Ridge, would have gotten married on April 25 at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Capitol Hill before some 100 guests coming in from around the U.S. They picked the mansion because it has a lot of character, Foster said. If they can secure a fall date at the mansion, they’re looking forward to not having to decorate much.

Their post-nuptials party will be catered by Tocabe, an American Indian restaurant in north Denver that’s been their favorite for a while. “They have a good vegetarian menu, and her family is all vegetarian,” Foster said.

Their music will come from a DJ they met at a local beer festival who spins all vinyl. “Megan’s got a big vinyl collection,” Foster said. At the beer fest, she was “picking up on lots of old ’40s and ’50s tunes. Like, hmm, that’s unusual for a DJ to play.”

Foster and Dumont, 31 and 36, respectively, took dance lessons to prepare for their first dance, a tune from Ray Charles. Personal touches at the wedding will include a VW photo booth bus and a game of trivia, one of their favorite pastimes, instead of speeches.

Dumont said they haven’t had time to process the news around them; they’ve been in reactive mode, having to postpone plans with largely sympathetic vendors. But the tragedy of the moment and how it’s impacted something they’ve looked forward to for more than a year isn’t lost on them.

“It takes the shine off of this event that we were so excited to celebrate with everyone,” she said. “I’m not at a positive point yet. I’m still in the midst of despair of I wanted this so much and we’ve been working toward it.”

But before she gets off the phone, Dumont thinks of a silver lining.

“My bridesmaids decided I would get a second bachelorette party,” she said. “We’ve got something good coming out of this.”

We’re running wedding announcements for couples whose weddings have been postponed because of COVID-19. If you or someone you know has had to reschedule their Denver wedding, drop us a line at tips@denverite.com.

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