Figuring out how to navigate Covid is something allllll the 2020 couples can unite on. It’s been a whirlwind and it’s wild to see how we, both couples and vendors, have adapted to the new times. But when the quarantine first went into place, this was uncharted territory for folks — two of them being my lovely clients that were hit with difficult news.
Ashley and Collin got a call as they were standing in line for their marriage license that their venue had cancelled on them. Talk about a bummer and ill-timing! But these two decided to pivot with grace and positivity, like so many couples affected by Covid, and figure out a Plan B. They decided to elope on their original wedding date with just their parents and siblings at an intimate location in Georgia. Luckily for these two, Collin’s brother is a videographer and found this sweet spot to have the ceremony. This venue graciously allowed us to use their bridal suite, so I was able to capture detail and getting ready shots that highlight their right-knit family. Ashley and Collin’s dog was even in attendance!
Leading up to the ceremony, Ashley and her dad did an intimate first look moment and so did Ashley and Collin. These are some of my favorite images from the day as you can just see the emotion pouring out of them both, feeling excited to say “I do” amidst all the chaos! Their ceremony was just incredibly beautiful and intentional all around, and I felt a sense of privilege to be able to capture it for them given the circumstances.
Given that this was a small ceremony, we were able to focus heavily on portraits. Ashley and Collin have a strong love for photography and their micro wedding permitted us to get more photos in diverse lighting scenarios that we may not have had time for on a larger, traditional wedding day. These golden hour shots are absolutely glowing and I love how we even got the family portraits with that amazing light too.
Being the first Covid Elopement I did, this wedding in particular filled me with so much hope; hope that despite all the suffering and pain the world felt, weddings can and will still happen, just in a new way. They won’t be the same, but that might actually be an okay thing. At Ashley and Collin’s elopement I realized how these micro weddings hold space for such intentionality and intimacy, for both the couple and their close loved ones. If we take anything from 2020 and Covid, let it be to gather with purpose and keep our loved ones close. I’m happy to hop along the micro-wedding train and am excited for more weddings filled with intention.