Pandemic wedding postponement

Socially distanced wedding

PANDEMIC WEDDING POSTPONEMENT 

The pandemic wedding postponement will always define this time in my career. When Yvette and Aaron emailed me that their May wedding would have to be postponed due to the Covid 19 quarantine, I was devastated. Not because I was losing another wedding, but because I was RIDICULOUSLY excited about theirs. 

HOW WE CONNECTED

We met the couple at the Love Sick Expo. We had a giveaway for free engagement shoots and I was thrilled when they won. They even found an engagement shoot location that I hadn’t been to before, The Glen Foerd. It’s a beautiful location that I continue to use. We discovered we had also photographed a good friend of Yvette’s wedding at the Penn Museum of Archeology and it was one of our favorites. I was thrilled with the engagement shoot, which you can check out here.

The next wedding expo we did was at one of our very favorite venues, the Historic Aldie Mansion. We’ve photographed some gorgeous weddings there, so I was thrilled when the two walked in to check it out for their wedding. They ended up booking the venue and us. Yvette and I got Facebook friendly and when she sent me photos of her dress, I was pretty sure I’d died and gone to wedding photographer heaven. It was EVERYTHING. And I’m not going to tell you anything about it because I WILL still photograph her in that dress, even if it’s a year away.

A GLOBAL PANDEMIC STRIKES

The Covid-19 virus struck globally and Philadelphia was quarantined. Pandemic wedding postponement affected approximately 45 of our clients, some up to two years away. It was dizzying and scary and awful. I felt like I was in free fall with no net or ground in sight. (Still looking for that net, btw)

THE BRILLIANT SOLUTION

Not a couple to let anything stop their love, the two had a brillant idea. Yvette made a facebook post that she and Aaron would be doing a Vow Exchange ceremony on Race Street Pier on FaceBook Live for all their friends to see. I’m pretty sure I BEGGED them to let me come take photos. We found a spot with the bridge in the background where Aaron could set up his phone for the live shot and we could stay socially distanced from others. We wore our masks, and they did too, except for the actual ceremony.

They shared vows and readings as a crowd gathered to watch. Strangers applauded and cheered during their kiss as if they were invited guests. It felt as though everyone was craving seeing genuine connection as much as I was. Their vow exchange was something extraordinary and beautiful in the midst of utter chaos and uncertainty. At the end of the day, the newlyweds invited all of their quarantined wedding guests to post their “reception meal” photos from the homes which was a wonderful way to end the day. I can’t wait for their big wedding with all their friends, but this was an afternoon I will truly never forget.

Quaratined Philly 

One Month In

It was 30 days into Quarantined Philly and we were itching to shoot. I made a facebook post asking if anyone would like a drive-by portrait session, fully aware that there would probably be some internet rage about what an irresponsible project it was. To my surprise, that’s not at all what happened. We had a bunch friends reach out and say that they would love to be part of our porch portraits and would happily come outside for a quick few shots.

It was going to be ambitious to drive around the city and get all the portraits we could. It made for a few interesting limitations than I hadn’t anticipated. First being that we were only going to have a few minutes for each person. Second, since we were staying 6-8 feet away, we couldn’t move around much to find the best natural light. But what we did find, was how amazing our friends were. Everyone had been inside for a month at this point, and ready to see someone, anyone, even from the safety of their front porches. It was an incredible variety of people. Families and clowns, medical workers and showgirls, restaurant workers, performers, artists and wedding clients. It was so moving to see everyone for the first time since we’d all been on lock down. It was a wonderful surprise that performers got into character and that children came out with their parents. We managed to catch some essential workers on their way out into the world, or just enjoying a few minutes outdoors in the sunshine.

So I present these in the order that we photographed them, and I hope you enjoy seeing everyone one month into their quarantine as much as we did. It already feels like a lifetime ago. Let me know if we can come capture a little of who you are right now, more than 2 months in. No matter what happens, it’s important to remember this time. Sending everyone much love, and hoping we all stay safe and healthy.

The Smith Family

 

Jessica and Bill

Leaf (Baked Pizza)

MacKenzie Moltov and Ulee

Christine(Lelu Lenore) and Zack 

Melissa 

Zarah

Lex

Jenn and Joe

Cheshire Sam

Lori

 

Photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield of Black, White and Raw Photography