Having a wedding is hard to begin with. Having a wedding during a pandemic is even harder. Let’s talk about how to have a wedding during COVID-19. This wedding was a COVID-19 wedding in Minnesota. Erik and Hailey, like many couples, had their wedding planned when COVID-19 came into the picture. The original wedding day was May of 2020. Erik and Hailey went back and forth of what they should do. They got married on their original date. They celebrated with all their family and friends few months later. Erik and Hailey got married in Luverne, MN. The ceremony was in a gorgeous grass field with only their close family. A larger reception party with more of their family and friends
Their wedding day started with getting ready, gorgeous details, breakfast and mimosas, and letters to each other. It was a very emotional day as the emotions from the planning and the intimacy of the day caught up with them. After the first look, Erik and Hailey enjoyed leisurely time together, soaking in their day and having me as a third wheel! 😉
We got to the ceremony location where Erik and Hailey said their vows. Family and friends surrounded them. There was a lot of laughter, a few tears, a stolen kiss here and there, and a celebration at the end!
When the ceremony ended, the family stuck around to congratulate the bride and groom and take a few family photos. The bride and groom headed out to their acreage to have a few drinks, roast some s’mores, and have a little wedding cake. The day was absolutely perfect, the wedding was intimate and full of love, and the couple was over the moon happy. This COVID-19 wedding in Minnesota was one for the books
A few months later, Erik and Hailey were able to celebrate with their family and friends in Sioux Falls, SD. This was not their first or even second plan of their original day. Their original plan was to be in northern Minnesota in a venue near their lake cabin with twice the amount of guests. Like many, COVID-19 had other plans! Erik and Hailey started their 2nd wedding day at a gorgeous venue with their wedding party getting ready, having mimosas, and enjoying each other’s company.
Erik and Hailey treated this day as if it were their actual wedding day. They had all their details, got ready, did a first look, and did all group/bridal photos. Once the photos were all taken, the couple did not do a ceremony as they wanted to keep their ceremony memory the intimate one they had back in May. Instead, the couple and the wedding party went on a party bus and drove around together for awhile.
When the party bus returned, the couple did a few sunset photos in the fresh snow. They entered their reception to the calls from the Dj, enjoy a light meal of appetizers, listened to speeches, had first dances, and enjoyed the night dancing it away with their guests.
Both of the wedding days were perfect. Having a wedding during a pandemic is not easy. So, like Erik and Hailey, you could have the split wedding, you could just do one of the weddings (have an intimate day on your original day or wait until later to have it all), or you could elope somewhere near your hometown, just the two of you or with witnesses. There are so many things you CAN do yet. Do not let COVID-19 stop your wedding day. You just may have to adjust your plans, and that is okay. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you are married.
Floral & Decor: Olive&Grace
Photographer: Sydney Leigh
Videographer: Ashtyn Schae
Venue: The Atrium