A Microwedding in the time of COVID-19
When Meghan and Michael started planning their wedding they never envisioned half of the bridal party participating through a computer screen. But then again, nobody was prepared for COVID-19. Instead of postponing altogether, Meghan and Michael held a small ceremony and celebration (a microwedding) in her mother’s backyard. In keeping with the state recommendations, the couple kept the entire wedding to 9 people, with Meghan’s parents, brothers, sisters-in-law, and one of Michael’s friends in attendance. Because Michael’s family lives in Oklahoma, Texas, and California, they were not able to make it, but instead, they and the rest of the wedding party join the ceremony via zoom. It all proved to be meaningful, beautiful, and very special.
The bride describes her nuptials with so much appreciation for actually pulling it off, “The vibe was organic, joyful, and warm. There was such a sense of joy because the day was actually happening when for so much of the last few months it felt like it wasn’t going to happen because of all the craziness going on in the world!” Meghan said.
Having a florist for a mother didn’t hurt when it came to the décor, “I loved that the main decor was floral which gave everything a very organic vibe,” recalled Meghan. “The flowers were a huge part of my inspiration and were definitely very special. I kind of wanted the blues to be a muted canvas and the flowers to add most of the color. I chose a wildflower style since it was spring and I wanted everything to have an organic vibe. “
Using different shades of blue for bridesmaid dresses and the tablescape, they also accented the wedding with copper details, “We had a really nice tablescape and my parents gifted us the dishes we used. I will say that I was so obsessed with making sure the decor was perfect before all of the Covid-19 things started happening but it was a bit of a wakeup call. It definitely re-focused our priorities a bit. When I look back on the day, what was really special to me was the fact that it happened. I felt so blessed to have been able to have our day and was so thankful for the support system we had. How beautiful it ended up was definitely a bonus, but mostly I was so touched by everyone that helped us pull together our wedding last minute with so much in the world up in the air,” a very appreciative Meghan said.
Originally planning on having 120 people, scaling back to nine proved to be almost a blessing in disguise, “One thing I really liked was how relaxing it was. Since it was such a small group we could really just focus on the wedding and getting married. We didn’t have to worry about making sure everyone was having a good time and making sure we got to have a moment with every guest. We got a lot more time to just be together which was so nice.” The couple is planning on a larger celebration in October. “Both of us were super bummed at first that this was the way we were having to do our wedding, but now we kind of feel like we get to have the best of both worlds!”
Whether guests were there in person or watching from afar, Meghan and Michael knew their friends and family supported them, “It was a beautiful warm day and we just felt so much love from everyone who was there and everyone who attended via Zoom.” And those that couldn’t attend because of social distancing restrictions still did what they could to show they were there in spirit, “We had friends who left bottles of champagne on our porch the morning of to let us know they were still thinking of us and my brother and sister-in-law put together such a sweet video of everyone giving us well wishes for our day.” It was that love that created a day that Meghan and Michael will never forget, “I would just say joyful. We were so thrilled the day was here and was actually happening. We loved every minute of it! Even though not everyone could be there physically, we felt how happy everyone was for us and had the best day.”
Photographer: Alexandra Oleen
Ceremony and Reception: Bride’s Parents’ backyard
Reception Entertainment: Bride’s brother with his iPhone
Floral: The bride and her mother, who owns Joy Unspeakable Flowers
Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Catering: Take out from Lyn65 (“our favorite restaurant,” notes Meghan)
Planner and/or Travel Agent: Hannah LaPan Events is planning the October reception
Bridal Shop (gown, accessories and bridesmaids’ dresses): Wedding Shoppe Inc
Hair: Emily Alexander
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