Updated: Sep 23, 2020
I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried about the announcement allowing 30 at a wedding. I had questions. Is it going to be the same as a “normal” wedding? Am I going to be able to bring out the best in everyone still for the photos? What restrictions will I face with venues?! There was so much to think about.
All these changes with not much notice, are couples still going to go ahead with their big day? Well, I’m pleased to say yes.
When we was put into lockdown in March, 90% of my weddings moved out of 2020 and into 2021. There were couples holding on for July, September to November, to see what will happen in the future. After losing 12 couples due to me already being booked, I was hopeful for these couples to still have their big day.
Let me introduce you to Sarah & Matt…
Back in July, I had the pleasure of capturing Sarah & Matt’s wedding. From day one of lockdown, Sarah was adamant all the way through “we will get married!”.
The day arrived and there I am heading into the unknown of my first COVID wedding. Starting with bridal prep at their house. Now this wasn’t that unusual except, Sarah was upstairs and Matt was downstair’s. The original plan was to get ready at a hotel, however they were still closed. It all worked out. My partner in crime - Rick from Zenith Visual Media - and I had already planned and prepared for the day. Where we would be, who we would cover etc, to make sure that there wasn’t too many people in one place at a time, to be safe but still capture all aspect of their day.
We headed to the church to see what lays ahead for us. We weren’t allowed in our usual spot, next to the priest on the alter to the sides. We had to be behind yellow tape in certain areas and there was pews taped off. There was a lot more to think about, as well as dodging Ricks cameras! We managed to make it work with these restrictions in place. The ceremony was a lot more shorter than normal, around 20-30mins instead of the 45-60mins that is normal for a church ceremony. No first kiss and the bride and groom were the only ones allowed to handle the rings. It was still a beautiful ceremony to watch.
The photos went amazingly afterwards. Everyone was understanding with the current restrictions and all went so smoothly.
Now for their own little photoshoot, we went down the road to a lovely little spot to capture so stunning photos of them both. Seeing them so in love and happy, all those worries I had about the day, disappeared. The day still felt special. The loved ones were still there to support them and at the end of it all, they were husband and wife.
It really was a day to remember. There was nothing that was going to stop this wedding and seeing Sarah & Matt together made it all that more special.
After the ceremony, Sarah & Matt had a smaller gathering in their garden to cut the cake and then a family meal in a local restaurant in the evening.
Next year there will be a big party and I for one can not wait for round two of their big day.