This summer Wedding at Orchard View had everyone feeling a bit worried as they called for torrential rain. Shayna & Jake had luck on their side as it was sunny right until the last few photos of the day. We didn’t ask them to remove the umbrella but they did it anyways, most likely to cool off! The humidity was extremely high, so high that my lenses fogged up going in and out of the buildings! You’ll hear no complaining from us as we were excited just to have cameras in our hands.
Planning a Wedding during a Pandemic
Since this was our first wedding since the pandemic started in March 2020, I asked a lot of questions. First off, let’s just preface to say that planning a wedding in “normal” circumstances is hard. Planning a wedding during COVID-19 is a bit banana in the sense that there’s no “guide” you can find online. It’s the little things you wouldn’t imagine would be difficult, but they were.
Details such as getting a suit in on time and altered (the original suit was destroyed by UPS for holding it too long). Managing guest lists and family not being able to travel due to health restrictions. Organizing a ZOOM call with guests who couldn’t make it and ensuring everyone was social distancing. Providing masks, hand sanitizers, and not hugging people are things that are also different.
Family photos were limited to the “pods” of people who could be part of the day. Wearing a mask and not having a makeup artist also caused a lot of stress too! Luckily for Shayna one of her bridesmaids had some skills when it came to makeup, but of course, it’s not the same. As a photographer & videographer team in Ottawa, we can stand together and not have to wear masks, unless we were inside. If we were from separate companies it would mean that we would have to wear a mask or stay apart.
Summer Wedding at Orchard View – Micro, Elopement, Petite
This summer has been different in so many ways when it comes to doing pretty much anything. It’s hard to imagine anyone who has not been affected by this major pandemic. What is coming through all of this is the love our couples have for each other. When plans get turned upside down they have persevered and this is what it takes, especially in marriage.
When choosing to do a micro, elopement, or petite wedding, we recommend speaking to a professional planner if you can. They have the answers to all these questions about how and can help you navigate vendors in a way that works well for you and within your budget.
Photographer & Videographer: Grey Loft Studio (Bethany & Luc)
Venue: Orchard View Wedding & Events
Officiant: Lynne from Exceptional Ceremonies
Live Music: Dylan Holton
Florist: Ottawa Flowers
Hair: @hairbysrey & @hairbycarm
Catering: Little Pig Town BBQ
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.
Rings: Spence & Michael Hill
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld