If 2020 taught us anything, it was that we will find a way to adjust our normal. That includes the “usual” large, over the top wedding. And Beth and Adrian flowed and adjusted as needed, I’m sure with some stress, but they didn’t let it show to me at least. They ended up at the place they were supposed to be, with their beautiful, intimate wedding.
I’ve been married 15 years, and I would elope if I ever had to do it again. It’s a lot of stress, and planning, and worry. Don’t get me wrong, it is such a rewarding moment when it comes to life. But in the months leading up to it, you are stressed. Now toss in a worldwide pandemic that suddenly closes all of your venues down. Shuts your vendors down from working.
When March hit in 2020, I wasn’t sure what would happen to my wedding couples. But I wanted to be there to support them whatever they decided. For Beth and Adrian, it meant calling together their closest family and friends for a backyard wedding to celebrate what they couldn’t otherwise.
I’d actually never met them before, they live out of state, so the planning we had done was over email and phone. I’d met Beth’s parents a few times in the process, and I really enjoyed talking with them. So I knew I’d love Beth too.
When she called to ask if I was comfortable with photographing their intimate wedding in her parents backyard I jumped for joy. I missed weddings. So many had moved to 2021. I was excited I’d finally get to meet them!
They surrounded themselves with family. Adrian’s brother officiated their wedding in a way no one else could have. Beth’s sister did a reading. We laughed. We cried. We were grateful. And out of that came a wonderfully intimate wedding to celebrate all that 2020 couldn’t take away from them.
Ironically, as they cut the cake, Beth told us the story about how her parents ended up dropping their cake on the floor at their own wedding. Something happened while they cut it and down it went. So we all gasped in shock as they smooched and the piece they just cut hit the ground. Guess it’s good luck, her parents are still in love to this day, so may it bring as many blessings to the new couple.