Aimee & Anthony originally planned to have a big wedding, but 2020 clearly had other plans! They ended up stripping the day down, but that didn’t take away from the beauty and excitement of getting to start their lives together as husband and wife. I sent the bride a few questions asking for her to speak to the couple who’s walking through a similar situation and her response almost brought me to tears!
What advice would you give to newly engaged couples?
To all the brides/grooms-to-be, I’d cheer them on to savor and soak up the engagement season (it really is a sweet time!), be open to giving lots of grace (to self and one another, friends and families, and even vendors), and hold on to what their day is really about.
Okay obviously your original plan was to have a big wedding, but Covid totally screwed that up! Although it wasn’t your plan to have a small wedding, what did you love most about it being more intimate?
We LOVED our small wedding so much more than I could’ve imagined. I had always envisioned what I think a lot people dream their wedding day to look like and we were completely beyond ourselves when COVID-19 hit and was shortly followed by the death of George Floyd. How could we celebrate among so much global uncertainty, suffering, and blatant injustice?
We were challenged to really consider what our priorities were. It came down mainly to three things: the health and safety of our family and friends, honoring the BLM movement, and placing our hope and trust in God. With this we were able to move forward with a ceremony and it felt like everything was stripped down. What was left were intentional and meaningful details that made space for a unique and incredible day.
Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of stress and ugly tears in the process—having to let go and trim down the numerous possible wedding changes, back and forth emails with vendors, and a ton of uncomfortable waiting—it was a mess! BUT whenever I look back to our wedding day, I still get all the warm fuzzy feelings of amazement, gratitude, and joy. We were able to have our parents and siblings with us, our friends made appearances throughout the day, and we got to keep an incredible venue, have a stunning floral arch, and our dream photographer to capture it all! There was such an overflow of love—I just remember feeling at peace and consciously able to be present in each moment.
We may have had to strip down a lot, but the most important things held true and we were able to get creative and make room for other things that we otherwise wouldn’t have had! The expectations around weddings are so different now, so I’d also tell friends who are in the wedding planning process to not be afraid to get creative with your budget, your floral and event styling, and even what kinds of aspects you want to add to your day!
You can’t control a pandemic, but you can adjust elements of your day that will get you excited and leave you with a happy and full heart!
Dress / Jenny Yoo
Hair / Estetica
Suit / The Groomsman Suit
Ring / LJS design
Floral / Ergo
Airbnb / Hygge Haus
Venue / Holden Room
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