Mark & Sarah | Lock Down Weddings: Love in the Time of Covid

Photo Credit: Deanna C Photography

How did you manage to have your special day during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Mark and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was the best option for us and our guests, given the health pandemic and the restrictions placed on mass gatherings. It was not an easy decision to make and we changed our minds several times before making a decision. We went back and forth between postponing the entire wedding, but finally decided that we really wanted April 18, 2020 to be our anniversary! We also had a lot of flexibility and support from our venue and our vendors.

The Foundry Room began hosting elopements and so they made it very easy for us to transition our 120 guest ceremony and reception, to a 50 person ceremony and light lunch, to an 15 person ceremony. Ultimately, we were only able to have 11 guests because we needed to have two Foundry Room staff, our officiant and photographer present for the ceremony. We didn’t have a rehearsal to minimize time in the same space and we just went with it on the day. The day was perfectly imperfect!

I had to make some adjustments to get ready that day, for example I had to do my own hair and make-up for the wedding. My hairstylist sent me a few tutorials to choose from, so I had to spend some time practicing putting my hair up (I used to be a ballerina, so that helped!). I also watched Ali Andreea Make-Up Tutorials on Youtube to get my make-up right for photographs. I felt confident that I could manage this and accepted that if it didn’t work, we’d have the opportunity to retake them when we have our reception.

The reality was that it wasn’t the day we had been planning for a year, but we both agree we wouldn’t have it any other way! It was a magical day! We are also excited that we will get to have our reception and celebrate with all of our guests on another day. Not very often you get to wear your wedding dress twice!

How did you involve your family and friends in your nuptials, while still practicing social distancing?

Foundry Room set up the chairs in a way that everyone would be physically distanced when sitting, and their space is large enough that we could stand and be physically distant, as well. We only had one bridesmaid, one groomsman, our parents and siblings, in attendance. My mom made masks, so we used those at times. She is a seamstress, so she made them to match what we were wearing. She used a piece of lace from my dress so it matched perfectly!

My aunt co-ordinated a Zoom link and we streamed the ceremony from my laptop. The link was shared with all our guests and they were able to watch in real-time. My brother co-ordinated the set up for the computer before the ceremony. Again, it wasn’t perfect but it worked well given the circumstances. We had friends and family join us from all over Alberta, B.C. and England. It was so nice to get to share the day with them too! Mark and I took a few minutes to chat with some of the guests after on Zoom.

A few of my closest friends really wanted to come and see us in person on the day, so they actually co-ordinated a curbside receiving line outside the Oliver Exchange Building. It was so amazing to have some of our closest friends come and see us! We had to remain physically distant but it was so nice to get to have a small moment to celebrate with them.

    Photo Credit: Deanna C Photography

    Tips for Communicating With Your Wedding Vendors During COVID-19

    1. Keep everything organized

    Now, this probably goes without saying, but being organized is essential. Keep all your important documents (like contracts) inside a binder, files or a planner so that nothing goes MIA – you’ll probably need to refer back to these once or twice when talking with your team. 

    2. Have realistic expectations

    Your BFF might text you back within forty seconds, but your venue coordinator probably won’t. Yes, you want to make sure that your wedding vendors get back to you in a timely fashion, but they may not be able to respond to your calls or emails for a few hours – and that’s fine. 

    3. Keep things concise and to the point

    Even if you have an amazing relationship with a vendor, they probably don’t want to spend hours upon hours chatting – they’ve got a job to do. Don’t embellish your conversations or emails with unnecessary info, just tell them exactly what you need. P.S. brief doesn’t mean rude, make sure you keep things positive! 

    These tips are brought to you by the experts at WeddingWire

     

    Photo Credit: Deanna C Photography

    Details

    Wedding Date: April 18, 2020

    How Long were you engaged? One year

    Wedding Ceremony Venue: Foundry Room OEX (Oliver Exchange Building), Edmonton

    Wedding Reception Venue: Foundry Room OEX – Postponed

    Officiant: Tammy Banting

    Hair & Makeup: Done by Bride

    Bridal Gown: Jasmine by Laudae from Lovenote Bride, Calgary (custom tulle overskirt)

    Bridal Party Fashion: BHLDN Thompson Dress in Whipped Apricot

    Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen

    Groomsman attire: Harry Rosen

    Décor: Foundry Room

    Wedding Planner: Foundry Room

    Florals: Best Buds Flower Co.

    Photographer: Deanna C Photography

    Photography Location: Foundry Room & OEX Building

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