It's no secret a lot of things have not gone to plan during COVID-19. We have all been put on lockdown, with extreme social distancing measures, and the UK government have banned Weddings for the foreseeable future. So when Nick and my wedding day came around, we had to improvise. No fairytale castle, no family, no Katelyn James, no marriage certificate even… But we still wanted to celebrate.
Here's where I called in the big guns, the fantastic Dean Gray (who always has my back!). I called him up the evening before and asked if he was free for some “social distancing” fake wedding portraits. Of course, he said yes, because who could turn down a request like that? He grabbed his 300mm lens and his beautiful wife Helen and came on over to the fields opposite our house. Sure we have quarantine hair, and the sun was in our eyes, I'm wearing a bridesmaids dress, and I've got my trainers on… but who cares. My mum and dad even showed up to cheer us on from a distance. Not hugging my mum that day was one of the hardest things I've ever done.
Not only did Helen show up with Dean, but she baked us a wedding cake! I mean, WOW!
Then the greatest thing in the world happened. We were going to have a family video chat like we have been doing most weekends. My mum phoned me and asked us to stay in our fancy clothes as she wanted everyone to see them. We went on the call, and THE WHOLE FAMILY was there, grandparents, aunties, uncles… as many people as we could fit in the 8 video windows Facebook allows. My aunt, uncle and cousins were sitting in my grandparents garden. And they were all dressed in their wedding clothes! I was an emotional mess. So on that afternoon, in our living room, Nick and I had a fake wedding ceremony online through a Facebook video call. While we are not technically married, in the eyes of our family we are.
This is definitely not the way I envisioned my wedding day happening, but for a cancelled wedding, it couldn't have gone any better. We then went on to celebrate with a lovely dinner and an evening of Netflix.