August 5, 2020
Marissa and John had planned their wedding at the Grandview on May 3rd 2020. As headlines began screeching pandemic, they began their plan B. Weddings during Corona have been far and few between. I have encouraged all of my couples who have had to post pone to grieve what would have been, and than as the saying goes…the party must go on! Marissa and Johns wedding was the first for me since February, and goodness gracious was that good for the soul.
We met YEARS ago when we both were working at Fashion Bug. Fashion Bug had a long center aisle, I have watched Marissa walk this long aisle HUNDREDS of times. Never once did I cry seeing her walk the Fashion Bug aisle. However, I shed many tears watching her, dressed in a gown sewn by angels walk the aisle to her husband. John is tailor made for Marissa, and Marissa fits him like a glove. Weddings are one of those events that happen regardless of what is going on. Dont believe me? Google weddings during the Great Depression or wartime weddings, the fact is love is never dependent on ideal circumstances. What a beautiful precursor to the journey of marriage.
Weddings during Corona are different no doubt about it. But there was still a flurry of “busy” in the bridal suite. It felt SO good to walk into a giggly bridal suite, to see gowns lined up and shoes scattered all over the floor. To smell hairspray and perfume, and to see a flawless bride. Like honey to my soul it was to see Marissas mom tear up as she veiled her sweet daughter, or to watch her dad fight the tears during their first look. But a highlight for me was Johns smile when he first saw his bride. It was huge, it was genuine, it was one of those “ill never forget this” smiles.
– Everyone during 2020
I could tell you how her bff co-officiated the ceremony, or I could describe the sweet proud look his momma had on her face as they were pronounced Mr and Mrs, or how her daddy sang to her during their dance. Oh the sweet things I could tell you. Weddings much like life are filled with a million “tiny” moments, tiny moments that when compiled into one scene become something extraordinary. The beauty of my job, is that I am in charge of that one scene. Marissa and John, you two are undoubtedly In for a marriage of happiness.
We wedding photographers typically have bones to pick with people on their phones during a wedding. Somehow this is different, I now encourage it.
Thanks for hanging to the end of this long, and beautiful gallery. Weddings during COVID have had some differences but all of the important things remain. Faith, Hope and Love.