My cousin was supposed to get married in Downtown DeLand's Artisan Alley where Andrew proposed to her... and then COVID-19 happened. At first they said no more than 100 people could gather, then 50, and then 10. But nothing can stop true love, and although plans changed, Andrew and Jonica tied the knot on their original date, just with a smaller crowd. They were married by a friend, and only had their parents present (along with myself as photographer, and another friend as videographer). Jonica got ready at their apartment. Our cousin Bergandi (B3 Salon) did her hair, and her sister in law did her makeup. Danielle, with Hagstrom Greenery Co. brought the bouquet and boutonnière and dropped them off. The entire process was intimate and sweet. Jonica's father walked her down the aisle, and gained a new son. After the ceremony was over, I walked the couple out to the end of the road where across the street friends and family were standing 6' apart holding signs of congratulations for the newlyweds. We were able to grab Andrew's sisters for a quick family photo, making sure to be quick and not have anymore 10 people in the area. Because of the pandemic, I made the two matching masks. Her's embroidered with "Bride", and his with a mustach! After saying goodbye to everyone, we hopped in the cars and drove to downtown Historic Sanford and the riverfront for romantic photos of the two of them. After photos, we went back to their apartment and got out the cake from Buttercup Bakery for them to cut and feed each other. I propped up my phone to record it for them, and we forgot that the TV was on in the background, so the theme song from Indiana Jones played while they cut the cake. It was epic!
For everyone who couldn't make it, I'm getting this blog out as fast as possible so that you can share in the joy of their special day! They weren't able to have a bridal shower, or reception, so if you'd like to send the couple a gift, they are registered at Target.