A Coronavirus Wedding
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Hayes
The Proposal Story!
Cameron and Elaine had talked about marriage, engagement rings, and dream proposal scenarios just as any couple does. (We all do it!) Cameron asked Elaine’s father for her hand in marriage about 4 months before he actually popped the questions. The fact that her family was able to keep the secret that long was a miracle! And with her father’s blessing Cam planned the perfect proposal. On their 1 year anniversary, Elaine came home from work to find their house decorate with roses and candles. She walked inside and to her surprise, she found her man bent down on one knee. Without a doubt in her mind, she said YES!!
What was the “original” wedding plan?
The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. planned their wedding for May 2nd at Cedar Grove Acres in Creedmor, North Carolina. The couple was all set to be wed at this outdoor wedding venue and celebrate their 2020 nuptials with a roaring 20’s theme.
What was rescheduling your wedding like?
What was the wedding day like?
Mr. and Mrs. Hayes hosted an intimate gathering in Elaine’s mother’s backyard while her bother officiated the ceremony. Elaine did her own hair and make up that day. Elaine’s mom cut flowers from her garden to decorate the makeshift alter. The couple traded purple napkins for face masks and gloves. Although it was not what Elaine had envisioned for her wedding day, “It was wonderful,” she said.
Elaine shared one positive note with us about having to reschedule her wedding due to the pandemic. “One of the BEST things to come of this all is the instant relief of all pressure put on weddings! All of a sudden there was no pressure for anything to be perfect, or go right, or happen correctly.” Really though, things can’t get much worse at this point right?
Postponing the Reception
What was the process like postponing your reception?
The first thing Elaine and Cameron did was call all their vendors once they realized they needed to reschedule. All of their wedding pros were available and able to accommodate their new wedding date. “I was determined to keep the vendors I loved.” Elaine told us. Their new date is August 8th which falls just before the fall wedding season ramps up so none of their vendors were booked. Thank goodness
The couple was also informed just 2 weeks before their wedding that their honeymoon would be cancelled. “It’s the Thursday after my wedding and we’ve both been working all week.” Not the most romantic way to spend your first few days as husband and wife but the couple will plan for another honeymoon after their reception in August.
Are you making any changes to your wedding now?
The couple is taking this time to revamp their wedding reception. “The reception is going to be totally different than originally planned. We are still working out those details though. I’m kind of scared to lock anything down… We’ve done all this before.” Elaine told us many things will stay the same like the bridesmaid dresses, suits and flowers but the overall vibe will be a bit different since they will not be holding another ceremony just reception. They are going to forego the rehearsal dinner and instead host a brunch the morning after.
Elaine shared with us that she has no regrets about splitting up the ceremony and reception. She explained to us, “An 18 month engagement is tough. I just couldn’t wait three more months to marry my man!” We don’t blame you sis!
Any advice for other couples?
Click below to watch our interview with the couple!