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There’s no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyday life and how business is done, or not done. Weddings are no exception. To recap 2020, some of my own clients rescheduled to a future or undetermined date. Others had their wedding as scheduled, but made modifications to their original plans to accommodate Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to accommodate date changes that have occurred so far. Cancellations are murder on business cashflow, even if retainers are kept. It’s also a double whammy for the couple. Weddings during Covid are definitely possible, even if vague lockdowns were in force early in the game. What have we learned from the changes to the wedding industry during the pandemic? The biggest takeaway for me was that both vendors and couples need to be adaptable, flexible, responsible, and content with what these times allow.
Weddings during Covid changes-
-Events are smaller in size to reduce risk of spread, and some not being able to travel. Many areas (though all should) have maximum capacity ordinances, and this often depends on the size and open air of the venue. I have found couples to be gracious about this and still enjoy their day in a more intimate setting. Those who choose to wait, that’s also an option, though we do not know when policies will relax or things will improve.
-Guests and vendors wear masks and have access to hand sanitizer, while minding social distance guidelines. Venues should also be requiring this!
-Couples must check local ordinances and venue policies and inform guests. Also take guest count into consideration. Weddings during Covid are definitely possible; some of my 2020 weddings have been among the favorite, despite the changes.
-I’ve noticed a few people on wedding related social groups look for venues outside a major metropolitan area so that policies will be more lax, and they can “have the wedding they want” like none of this is happening. That’s irresponsible and selfish. Each area has their own battles to fight. As a professional wedding photographer, I need the work and enjoy being a storyteller, but not bad enough to participate in an irresponsibly coordinated event. I want this to be temporary as well. Let’s get through this and maybe we have a shot at it.
Milan and Suzanne were visiting Nashville on Christmas week, 2020. Milan originally contacted me about documenting his proposal to Suzanne. Due to Covid-19 restrictions at the hotel and being a busy area, that plan was not feasible. He proposed privately on an indoor boat ride at the hotel, and that was a success. We agreed to still do Nashville couples photos with the two of them at Centennial Park, which turned out to be some of my favorite couples work, I loved the mood of their real love for one another and the intimacy of the setting sun.
I loved the mood of the setting sun and the romantic silhouettes I was able to create. I get so bored seeing so many bright and airy photos and obviously posed photos. The artistry and natural organic mood builds important character for not only the photos, but the soul of the couple. This is why I like a day in the life / documentary / storytelling approach for weddings and engagement photos. I wanted to do for them what I do best, be a storyteller. As if I am a fly on the wall for their day out while visiting Nashville. These are some of my favorite Nashville couples photos to date. I wish Milan and Suzanne my sincerest congratulations!
Meet Kerry and Anna. The couple spent Christmas 2020 weekend visiting Nashville, and Kerry planned on proposing to Anna in their time here. Searching for Nashville proposal photography, and wondering if there was such a thing, thankfully he found me. He wanted a sneaky photojournalist who would document the true, special moment without making my presence obvious to Anna and ruining the moment. Kerry was hoping for a proposal inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, masks are required in all public areas, and hotel guests only were allowed in peak holiday time. Though it was a cold and windy Christmas eve, it was still a beautiful occasion. and the couple had the perfect view of downtown Nashville. Yes, it may have been chilly, but she didn’t say no. 🙂
The couple’s first date was at a local to them pub / burger joint, and was actually on her birthday! The day turned into an all day affair, and they’ve been together since. Now their Nashville proposal photography proves their commitment, and the rest will be history. Congratulations Kerry and Anna, and thank you for entrusting me to your milestone memories.
Incidentally, one thing I always do with proposal couples (or to the coordinator / the one proposing) is we exchange selfies so he or she knows who they are looking for, and vice versa. I took my selfie on the bridge overlooking the area of downtown Nashville tragically bombed the following morning, just 15 hours after our shoot. I am thankful for our timing, but am sad for another setback our city endures. But we will rebuild and be as great as ever. Please support our local businesses and to our rebuilding here. Thank you.
No, this isn’t a joke. Thankfully, I was able to assemble this photo slideshow featuring my best of 2020 weddings. At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic starting in early 2020, I was not sure what would happen with my 2020 dates or future bookings. Basically everything was shut down in March and April, maybe even May, if I remember correctly. Couples were rescheduling or restructuring their event. Bottom line, this year was down for me, but it ended up better than I thought at the beginning of the pandemic. The option was to reschedule with the future completely unknown, or let the party go on, just with Covid compliant procedures including reduced capacity, masks, and even zoom conferencing for remote guests. Shooting weddings was different this year, but we all remained adaptable, and the amount of love and energy was not sacrificed just because events were smaller in size. I won’t miss 2020, but the key is learning something from it, which I did. Congratulations and thank you 2020 couples. Months ago, I didn’t know this end of year best of 2020 weddings feature would even be possible.
I was surprised and delighted to receive an email from Jordanka just three days before the small intimate home wedding the couple planned in short order. Jordanka and Kevin met in high school and started dating shortly after they met. After 10 amazing years together, and with their second child well on the way, this seemed like a perfect time to seal their commitment to one another. The year 2020 affected their household with the Covid-19 pandemic, like many others. The couple opened up their home to four guests, an officiant, and myself, so that their special occasion could be documented. Metro Nashville ordinance allowed up to an 8 person gathering, so I masked up and told their story as a photojournalist wedding photographer should.
It was a lovely intimate home wedding packed with love and emotion, and it was indeed a pleasure to document Kevin and Jordy’s memories. I look forward to kicking off the 2021 season. All you need to do is contact me and we can exchange pleasantries and info. 🙂 Congratulations Kevin and Jordy!