I recently photographed my first social distancing wedding and while I was nervous, I made sure to take the necessary pre-cautions to stay safe. It was a day full of emotions- joy to tears, and it was an honor to tell Warren and Lauren’s love story despite the fears of Covid-19. The couple will have a larger celebration later this year and I couldn’t be happier for these two!
Here is Lauren’s story: “The first 4.5 months of wedding planning was effortless because of the dedication, professionalism, and expertise of my incredible wedding planner and friend at B Astonished Events..but then COVID-19 hit and all of the peace we had in preparing for a wedding in 6 months, turned into making alternate plans less than 6 weeks before our special day. I was overwhelmed with so many decisions to make overnight but the harshest reality was that my friends and family (mainly my mother who is 22 hours away in Texas and auto immune-compromised) would not be able to attend, in addition to the fear and uncertainty that Coronavirus would bring. Every day was a new revelation, a new setback, and unexpected mandate that left us no choice but to postpone the celebration, but not the commitment. I love this man, he is literally the greatest human I know and nothing was going to stop me from being Mrs. Anderson on 4/25/2020 which marks our 2 year anniversary. Because of the significance of the day, we really wanted to keep our date and dedicate our lives to one another and God, no matter the unprecedented times we faced. With bittersweet emotions; grieving the postponement of our day/not having our family present but also elated to become one/grateful to have each other, Warren and I united our lives together with his father walking me down the aisle and with the blessing of the man who has covered me the past 6 years, Pastor James Marshall of Zion Church. Toting masks and smiles, the amazing team at Beaute Elevated served as the most gracious glam squad! Our friend and favorite florist EVER at Pretty Petal Florist’s, prepared the most beautiful bouquet and of course, the day would not have been the same without the lady with the best eye in town, our fearless, and devoted photographer Ms. Terri Baskin. Obeying social distancing rules, local friends and family lined the streets of DC and shared their love in such a beautiful way. I love you all immensely and adore the memory of having you present in your own special way. No bride can prepare for their wedding plans to be detoured by a pandemic and honestly, although I cherish this chapter in our love story, I wouldn’t wish this level of altered planning on anyone. After many breakdowns, tears, prayers and reflection, I am grateful that Warren and I were able to have an intimate and sacred ceremony that is a reflection of what I pray our marriage will be, making the best out of any situation, together. Vows > Virus!”
Also, see their feature on Washingtonian Weddings here: https://www.washingtonian.com/2020/05/08/when-this-couple-decided-to-marry-on-their-original-wedding-date-loved-ones-lined-the-block-with-well-wishing-signs/