Yesterday’s wedding was one that tug on my heartstrings probably more than any other before. Erin & Jesse had originally scheduled their wedding for April 25th, 2020, the date of her parent’s wedding anniversary. After COVID threw a wrench into those plans, they rescheduled for almost exactly one year later. When COVID continued with the hits and they had to cancel their reception venue, they decided to throw out all the plans they originally had and instead celebrate with family and friends at Erin’s Grandparent’s barn. I think it was a perfect choice. You see, Erin’s dad Alan passed away a few years back, so being there, where he grew up, I think made it all the more special.
The day was filled with uncontrollable emotions at times, even for me, as I kept my camera up and actually was happy that my mask was covering my crying face. As I continued to watch these moments unfold, it reminded me that at the end of the day, the wedding venue doesn’t matter, the extravagant decor doesn’t matter, what matters is those incredibly timeless moments that happen between family and friends when something extraordinary is taking place. Now more than ever do we need those moments, that human interaction. So while COVID can ruin some things for a wedding, it can’t ruin it all.
In lieu of the traditional father/daughter dance, Erin asked her father Alan’s siblings to join her in a dance to a song her father loved. It was such a happy, loving, and upbeat moment to the most perfect song.
An incredibly special moment – wrapped in the arms of her grandparents.