Wedding planning in itself is pretty stressful, but even more so when you throw in a pandemic! Fortunately for us, Tom and Mariana’s original wedding planner Jamie from Hype Event Planning was incredible and did a lot of the prep work for us. And thankfully, Tom & Mariana were flexible and willing to make all the changes work. Working through all the contract adjustments, location changes, and attendance counts was a joy with a couple who was focused on getting married to each other. Like, for real, not even a pandemic can keep them from marriage! And at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about? With COVID-19 and this being their FOURTH wedding iteration, it was high time to do the dang thing!
One of the perks of being a wedding planner is to have control of all the plans and finding a solution for every situation. However, this year threw us a big loop of navigating unmarked territory. The month before their wedding turned out to be filled with last-minute changes, guest count cuts, and then some more. To have such a patient, gracious, level-headed and amazing couple during these times like Tom and Mariana is astounding!
They decided to move forward with a simple, elegant wedding surrounded by their family and closest friends. Switching venues from The Madison Club to Tom’s parent’s backyard was not an option we thought we would need, but it worked perfectly for the simple elegance they were going for. The florals fit perfectly with the green space all around and rented tables, chairs, linens, and a tent really gave the backyard the simple elegance needed to make the space into a wedding location.
On the wedding day, Tom & Mariana were blessed with perfect July weather. We could not have asked for a better day! The sun was out, which allowed putting all the final touches on the space enjoyable for our team, as well as, food setup and teardown. The other fun thing our team got to do was run the music for the day. Maybe we will add DJ service to our offerings. 😉
To say we were honored to be a part of this special July day would be an understatement. We are so thankful Tom and Mariana stuck it out with us through all the things COVID threw at us and with such grace and kindness too! T & M – you are some of the kindest people and we were so excited to play a part in the start of the rest of your lives. We hope it is filled with more travel and love than you could have ever hoped or imagined!
Planning: Kelly, Lead Coordinator with Olive Branch Events Co. (Wedding Day Management)
Photography: Creative Look Studios
Florals: Daffodil Parker
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Groom’s Parents’ Backyard
Getting Ready Location: The Madison Club