Andrew & I met at church in June of 2018. We started dating and knew early on that we were going to get married! Andrew proposed in June of 2019 in front of the fountain at the Marietta Square, followed by a surprise party with my close friends and family, which meant the world to me.
We set our wedding date for May 2nd, 2020, thinking that the weather in Georgia would be perfect that weekend. Fast-forward to April 4th, 4 weeks before our wedding and 2 weeks into the COVID pandemic lockdowns, we knew we needed to either postpone or cancel. All of our wedding plans and schedules felt uprooted, and the amount of unknowns to address was overwhelming. On top of that, extras like bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette weekends, appointments and future honeymoons were cancelled without reschedule.
Andrew & I then decided to postpone our ceremony and reception to a later date. What was most important to us was getting married in front of our people; we felt as though our guests were an essential part of our marriage ceremony, so we were willing to wait even longer for that special moment. We are so thankful that things worked out in our favor – we successfully postponed to June 21st, 2020, and got to experience our big day (with safety measure in place, of course). All of our vendors were completely supportive and flexible, which we are immeasurably grateful for.
Our postponed wedding day turned out to be more special than our hearts could’ve ever prepared for. A rainstorm surprised us during our outdoor ceremony, truly right as I was walking down the aisle, but our guests endured the rain and even cheered for us twice during the downpour. Andrew & I could feel a tangible, invincible sense of love and support surrounding our marriage union that day, which was indescribable! And saying our vows in the pouring rain was really fun and romantic.
Plans changed wildly throughout that April – June time period, but the important things were truly put into perspective for us. We have each other, our marriage covenant, our loved ones (near and far), and our (and our guest’s) health, and we are so blessed to be able to say that. We were blown away at the amount of love and support that persevered for us and are forever grateful for it. We also deepened our personal faith and truly learned to never put hope in plans that we create ourselves.
To all other COVID brides and couples – my heart goes out to you, and I support however way you choose to love & marry during this unprecedented time!