Last April, Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes! After changing the date many, many times, we settled on April 18, 2020. However, as you already know, the world entered a pandemic surrounding COVID-19. Coronavirus infiltrated the United States in 2020 and the government began the process of closing things down and implementing social distancing around early March. Due to all of this craziness, Chris and I were forced to cancel the beach wedding we had planned.
However, we were still determined to be married. We still desired to be husband and wife, regardless of the date, location, dress, etc.
So we did it!
We had a marriage license, which was an essential step. However, I did not actually have my wedding dress or my wedding ring. So, we did what we could! I had a simple silver ring to wear and we found a prom dress (yep, you read that right) for a cheap price. Chris already had all of his things for our wedding. I guess he was actually more prepared for our wedding that I had been!
Next, we needed somewhere to have the wedding. We knew we couldn’t book a venue, but luckily, his aunt who owns a beautiful home offered up her house. We planned to have the wedding on her front porch.
Our wedding photographer (tagging her in this post because she deserves all the credit and business, y’all!) offered to come and take photos of our small, random, yet special day. So, we knew we would have photos to document it!
And lastly, we considered guests. At that point, the government had issued the order that we could not have gatherings of more than 10 people. Therefore, we decided to only invite our parents as guests. Well, our parents and Chris’s aunt and uncle who owned the home we would be wed at.
With all of that planned in the short span of a couple of days, we were ready to get married. And we did the dang thing!
It was small, it did not have the details we planned, it was not where we thought it would be, it was the wrong date, our friends and most of our family were not able to attend, and I didn’t even have my actual wedding dress… but we got married! And at the end of the day, that is what matters most. We love each other dearly and could not wait to be husband and wife. Also, during this global pandemic, we need to find things to hold onto that spark joy and keep us moving forward. Our marriage was one of those things for us. Our marriage is something that is making life during this pandemic a bit better.
So, it may not have been the fairy tale wedding I had always dreamed of as a little girl, but it was magical! There is no doubt about that.