So back in March, when her home state of Nevada started shutting down to minimize the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, she and her fiance, Luis, made plans to drive across the state line into Utah and elope.
They got married on April 3, and the Bellos set up a laptop camera to stream the wedding online so friends and family could follow along.
"It wasn't exactly how we imagined it, but it was intimate and wonderful anyway," said Marisa Bello, a school principal who lives in Las Vegas. "Since we couldn't celebrate with everyone in real life, we just wanted to do something that would bring love into everybody's living room."
The Bellos aren't the only couple to pivot to a virtual wedding since the pandemic began. Across the country, a growing number of lovebirds are deciding to get married now.