Covid-19 has effected weddings and events all around the world – and it has hit them hard. 2020 was a year that a lot of us wedding photographers were thinking was going to be the BEST YET, but the universe had different intentions.
They always tell you to be prepared and to expect the unexpected, but none of us were expecting this.
Weddings came to a screeching halt early March. The CDC told the United States that normal day activities as we knew them were going to not happen for at least 8 weeks. April and May were officially cancelled and each day came with new challenges and questions that needed to be answered.
As a small business owner and wedding photographer, my priority is my clients. I immediately contacted all of my couples, yes all of them, and sent out an email about how I was handling the recent events. I gave my couples directly effected by the pandemic SO MANY options because I wanted them to 1. Have beautiful photos no matter what happened on their wedding day and 2. To know that I truly cared about them and was there every step of the way. I want to run my business with compassion. I want my couples to feel reassured and taken care of no matter what.
And here is my truth:
The coronavirus CANNOT stop love.
Two of my amazing couples had completely different experiences and made different choices regarding their event. They both took the news of their weddings being cancelled with grace and fully embraced all the ideas I had for moving forward – and even came up with some amazing ideas of their own. I asked both to share a few words about their decision and what it meant to them.
Here is what they had to say:
Ashley + Collin
LaShanay + Tyler
Whether you have to reschedule, downsize or elope now with a reception later, I want you to remember that your day will be beautiful because the two of you are starting your life together… and we will make sure you have epic photos to look back on forever.