These are unprecedented times. Yet these days, people are still finding ways to celebrate their love during COVID 19. When Chandra and Kevin messaged me their plan for a socially distanced Cecil Green Park House wedding, I was excited to get back into shooting even though with a reduced guest list and guests were socially distanced. This will likely be the trend for the coming year and adjusting to this new normal is hard. The fact you can’t hug your guests is hard. However, for those planning an intimate COVID 19 wedding, the emotions are definitely still there.
As guests arrived and started setting up, people started also trickling onto their Youtube live to watch these tie the knot. With the Northshore as a backdrop, the perfect summer weather, and with family in attendance, these two shared their vows. The best part was yet to come. Following their ceremony, instead of a traditional reception, their guest set up a picnic, a head table and shared speeches from those in attendance.
I know right now things may seem bleak. For many, these aren’t the weddings we’ve dreamt of after months of planning. But what I learned from these two, is that
“Justin is such a warm and enthusiastic personality, I felt very comfortable hiring him. It must have been daunting for him to take on a wedding for a couple he barely knew, on such short notice. But he was very responsive in the two weeks leading up to our ceremony, answered all my questions very quickly, and we came up with a few different plans.
On the day, he was so professional in what must have been a trying situation. Weddings can be chaotic at the best of times, but this was a compressed timeline, with the added complication of social distancing (which makes for some interesting group photos!), and we didn’t have any “getting ready” time to speak of where he could get to know the names of our small wedding party or parents.
Nevertheless, he showed up totally prepared and got to work taking photos of my dress and accessories and the venue to set the scene. He found some creative ways of getting group photos while we tried to keep our distance and caught so many special moments during our ceremony and picnic reception. He sent a huge gallery of beautifully edited photos within 2 weeks of the ceremony and I was so impressed to see that they tell the story of a full wedding day, even though we only had a few hours together.” – Chandra and Kevin