Credit to Move Mountains Co. for all of the photography featured in this post.
On July 25th, 2020, my sister officiated our intimate elopement ceremony in my parents’ backyard. The sun was shining, and we were surrounded by loved ones as we read our personal vows to one another. It was the most beautiful day of our lives, and the wedding of our dreams.
A few months ago, we made the decision to postpone our wedding (and wrote about it here). While the party in Newport would have to wait until 2021, we still wanted to get married this year.
With the ever-changing state restrictions and uncertainty around social gatherings, we quietly, and trepidatiously began to consider our different options. It wasn’t until late June that we decided we were ready to get the ball rolling.
Since my sister was always going to be the one officiating, we had to do the ceremony in the time she was visiting from LA. This gave us a window of about a month.
When we started reaching out to vendors, our top priority was the safety of everyone involved (both our guests, and their staff alike). We wanted to ensure proper social distancing and that everyone wore masks/facial coverings. Thankfully, once we started having these conversations, everyone was on the same page and went above and beyond to do their part.
We also conveyed the precautions we were taking to our guests before they arrived. It was so important to us that everyone felt informed and comfortable making the decision to celebrate with us.
The days leading up to our wedding, my mom and I sat together in our kitchen opening packages that had arrived for the (little) big day. The centerpieces we once designed – exquisite, cascading floral arrangements – were replaced with dainty, mercury glass tea lights, and miniature bottles of hand sanitizer. We laughed because while the combination wasn’t particularly beautiful or special, it truly was perfect.
The day of the wedding flew by. My friend Johanna did my makeup at her studio, but I decided to do my own hair at home. Matt and I didn’t want to see each other until the ceremony (the only tradition we upheld), so we spent the day alternating who sat upstairs in my parents house, and who greeted vendors/deliveries. 4:30pm came out of no where, and it was time to put on my dress.
The moment I saw it, I knew I was going to wear Sottero & Midgley’s ‘Agata Louise’ dress when I married Matt. It didn’t matter that plans had changed and we were just at my house. This dress was going to get its day.
One of my favorite moments of the day was the “first look” I did with my dad. Before he walked me down the aisle to Always Remember Us This Way, we sat in our living room and it finally hit us – Matt and I were really about to get married. It almost didn’t feel real given the past few months.
When I saw Matt standing at the end of the aisle, I fell more in love with him than ever before. We read our personal vows to one another. We laughed. We cried. We both mentioned our dog Charlie (he’s a star). We kissed, and that was it! We were officially married.
We celebrated into the evening with friends who have become family, and the loves of our lives. It was a day full of magic, and we are forever thankful to those who were a part of it. Love is not cancelled. It’s all around, even during a global pandemic.
Thank you to our amazing team of vendors who helped us make this day possible!
Photo + Video: Move Mountains Co.
Catering: Easy Entertaining
Flowers: Sweet Talk Floral
Arbor Rental: Uniquely Chic Vintage
Cake: Confectionary Designs
Makeup: Jo Louise Beauty
Tan: Glistening Goddesses
Music: DJ Action Jackson
Wedding Bands: Providence Diamond
Wedding Dress: Sottero & Midgley by Maggie Sottero Designs
Bridal Boutique: Precious Memories
Tux: Blank Label
To read more about our wedding, check out our feature on Maggie Sottero – An Intimate, Boho-Chic Backyard Elopement During Coronavirus