You can't put a lockdown on love!

There has been lots of talk about weddings since the Covid-19 pandemic began, much of it focussed on cancelations and postponements; but what about the weddings that have gone ahead since restrictions lifted a little? What is a “Covid Wedding” really like? Here, I talk to Stuart and Sarah, who were married in August, and discover that weddings impacted by the pandemic are still FULL to the brim with love and with magic.

“I think the main thing we found with a Covid wedding is that it wasn't a disaster, and the magic of a wedding isn't lost.”

Having originally planned a spring 2020 wedding, when the pandemic hit, Sarah and Stuart rescheduled their plans and held a summer wedding at the beautiful Houchins in Essex. The couple chose the venue based on its outdoor space, gorgeous marquee and beautiful gardens; and given the circumstances were especially impressed with their “super friendly and kind staff” who worked with them to accommodate date changes.

In fact, despite the challenges, Sarah and Stuart managed to keep all their existing suppliers, with catering from Limeberry, who also provided their gingerbread wedding favours, a gorgeous (and delicious) cake made by a close friend, and beautiful floristry in tones of ivory and pink from Little Tin Shed Flowers. 

The bride wore a slim fitting, intricately detailed dress from Jenny Packham, a designer she had long admired and a dress which she says she loved from the first moment she put it on. “I adored how it sparkled as well as how comfy it felt to wear!” Her bridesmaids wore dresses in a pale pink shade from Dorothy Perkins and the Groomsmen were kitted out at the The Grooms Room, Colchester with Stuart opting for a navy suit with mismatched waistcoat and brown shoes.  

Though lockdown had lifted a little, Covid still imposed some restrictions and though dancing was prohibited and social distancing was in place, it was still very much a celebratory atmosphere filled with beautiful and meaningful moments. Sarah says the circumstances actually made them really appreciate that they could go ahead with their day, even if it did mean making some compromises. “I think the main thing we found with a Covid wedding is that it wasn't a disaster, and the magic of a wedding isn't lost. We knew we wanted to get married sooner rather than later, and actually LOVE DOES WIN! Yes, we couldn't have all our guests, but those who came made it such a special day, and I think by going unplugged we kept it all the more private…Truth is, a small wedding can feel so much more personal and just as memorable.”