D&J19 Sep, 2020
The story of our wedding
When Don and I got engaged in fall of 2018, we never thought our wedding in fall of 2020 would look like it did.
I wanted a nice and long engagement as I am a Type A planner and didn't want to feel rushed so I could enjoy the wedding planning process. The last of all of our friends to get married, we have been through this before (many times). We've both been maid of honour/best man more times than we can count, travelled to Mexico, Bahamas, etc. and now it was OUR turn!
Then March hit. All of our vendors were booked, it was almost time to breathe a sigh of relief that I was so ahead and on top of it all. The world went into lockdown, government restrictions seemed to be changing daily and we weren't sure if the 2 years of work we put into this were going to come to fruition. Cut to September 19, 2020 and the day had finally arrived! We were going through with it. Toronto was put on a 10 person gathering limit maximum the morning of but luckily we got married in Cambridge.
We never thought that a hand sanitizing station was going to be a staple upon entry but it was a nice touch to ensure all of our guests felt comfortable and safe. It's 2020 and masks are the most fashionable accessory. We of course had to get a bride and groom mask to fit the occasion.
We got the call 2 days before the wedding that dancing was no longer allowed at the reception but us 2020 brides are resilient and that didn't phase us. A more intimate guest list of 50 (than our original plan of 100) but without the dancing we found we could enjoy speaking with our guests and getting caught up after more than 6 months of lockdown.
My favourite part was that instead of a traditional cake cutting ceremony (we had a donut wall for dessert), we had a pizza cutting! Our absolute favourite food. It was such a personal touch and a unique way to share something we enjoy together.
We had a Bridesmaid and a Groomsmen become a mother and father to a beautiful baby boy 2 weeks before the wedding. They dressed up in their suit and dress and facetimed us from home throughout the milestone moments of the day.
We surprised all of our guests by taking private dance lessons a month before the wedding and had a beautiful first dance - when Don lifted me we had the whole crowd cheering! Our dance instructor thought we were crazy. You're getting married in how many weeks?! They usually recommend coming in 4 months before but we pulled it off flawlessly.
Best of luck to all the 2020 brides out there. We'll be looking back on this in 50 years, telling our grandkids about what a crazy ride it's been! xox
Don and Jacqueline's vendor team
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