Crazy times we live in, right? A year and a half ago, no one had even heard of a Covid wedding!
I feel so bad for brides and grooms who are trying to plan a wedding in the middle of this silly Covid pandemic. How the hell CAN you plan for it? Do you get 10 people, or fifty people? Is your venue going to cancel last minute? What are your vendors’ and some of their archaic policies? (FYI, we’re changing dates with our clients, no questions asked, because it’s the right thing to do) So damn stressful for people no matter what though!
But on the other hand, if you’re planning a last minute wedding, there are a lot of things working in your favor! (Well, aside from the mask mandate, but I’ll bitch about that later in this post)
For example, you’re not going to have 50 guests wondering if they can or can’t come to the wedding. They can’t. Boom, problem solved! You save an INSANE amount of money on food and drink. And there is definitely something to be said about a small, intimate wedding. But perhaps more importantly, do you realize how much less stress is involved with a micro wedding?? You can just focus on getting married, and having fun!
Enter Sean and Gigi. I’ve known Sean for several years now, through competitive bodybuilding. I have better calves, for anyone keeping score 😉 After he told me the plans, I was BEYOND looking forward to photographing this wedding. And hey, the fact that it was five minutes from my house didn’t hurt a single bit!
My first Covid wedding of 2021, let’s do this!!
I drove down the hill to the hotel where Gigi was getting ready with her Maid of Honour Rita. Seriously though, how stunningly gorgeous is this bride??
From there, it was another super short drive to Cloverdale United Church, and it was my first time photographing a wedding there! Super nice church, gorgeous stained glass, spacious, and VERY friendly staff!
As is par for the course during a Covid wedding, there was a laptop up on the altar so family could Zoom in and partake. And the Zoom party was a VERY full one!
Now, I do have to bitch for a moment. I don’t know if it’s up to each individual venue, or if it all in the hands of our almighty saviour Dr Bonnie Henry, but… Is it *REALLY* necessary for the bride and groom to wear a mask during the actual ceremony? And for the photos? Come on man…….. (If anyone agrees or disagrees, please comment below – I’m genuinely curious!)
BUT in the church’s defence, they DID allow Sean and Gigi to remove the masks for the first kiss, so THANK YOU for that!
We photographed the family photos outside of the church, because it was a GORGEOUS day! And if you’re in the Vancouver area, or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you know how rare that is! And we could FINALLY get some great photos of Sean and Gigi sans mask!
And finally, my absolute favourite part of the wedding day, the formal photos of the bride and groom! This is where we get to be SUPER creative. The sun had already long gone down by this point, so we got to do some creative night portraits. Trust me, it was not NEARLY as warm by this point!
Covid and Dr. Bonnie had other things to say about wedding receptions, so alas, that was the end of my evening with them. I think they had better things to do anyway by that point. 😉
Congratulations Sean and Gigi, and THANK YOU for having me photograph your day!
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