Sarah + David
May 24, 2020
How they met
“We met at the freshman orientation for college! We saw each other from opposite sides of dining hall and I made the first move. We spent the next 48 hours at orientation laughing and getting to know each other. I even met his mom! We were inseparable after that. We lived two hours apart, so we talked on the phone every night until we moved into the dorms. He also came up to visit me a couple of times.”
David and Sarah were engaged on a beautiful rainy afternoon on their dog’s birthday in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They celebrated at their favorite fast food stop, Taco Bell, with tacos and sparkling wine. “It was perfect.”
The big day
Their theme, COVID-19 micro-wedding chic, was the result of having to start from scratch and plan an entire wedding in just a few weeks. All while working full-time in the emergency department, as both are healthcare workers.
The two were married in the same church that David and his mom had been going to for years, so it was very meaningful. Having it outside allowed everyone to socially distance. The colors they chose were bright, happy, summer colors of yellow and fuchsia. Sarah says “to reflect the joy we felt in getting married despite the state of the world.” Florals around the ceremony space were gifted to us by David’s extended family who couldn’t physically be there.
Which part of your wedding did you want to WOW your guests?
“We wanted our guests to feel included in our love story, so we made sure to include anecdotes about our relationship in our ceremony.”
Favorite part of the day
Both of their favorite part of the wedding day was Sarah’s walk down the aisle. “We were both so incredibly happy.”
The biggest challenge you faced in planning your wedding
“The biggest challenge started about two months before our wedding was planned to take place. Virginia went into lockdown in March, and the end of lockdown was actually right before our wedding date. However, it was later extended, so we had to postpone. We first postponed til late July, however, it soon became clear that things would likely not improve enough for us to feel safe having our wedding even if we legally could. We then postponed until December, but decided to have a small micro-wedding on our original date. We had to find a whole new wedding venue that could accommodate us and figure out what our new day would look like.”
What is your best piece of advice for couples reading this?
Work with vendors that you trust and vibe with. When our plans got completely derailed, we relied on our photographers expertise to help guide us through planning an entire second wedding in just a few weeks. It was that trust that really made the day so enjoyable for us and our families.