The pandemic has caused a significant reckoning in the wedding industry across the globe. I imagine as many couples are forced to postpone or cancel their plans that it is also causing a reckoning within ourselves. What does it mean to you to get married in the time of covid? What does it mean to you to get married? Weddings have become, not just a decision between two people to spend their lives together, but also an increasingly important social milestone as social media has catapulted the industry into extreme new levels.
I've found myself struggling to understand what my role is in all of this over the past 6 months. I get called by couples who just want to find a way to say I do in the most humblest of ways. And it reminds me how much I love it when people elope. Take away all of the complications of a fancy wedding and it becomes more about two people in love than it's ever been before. The way our grandparents got married after war time when everyone was just grateful to have their life. And eat a fruitcake in their parents living room!
A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to do just this. Very last minute a sweet couple called me up and asked me to meet them at Saxe Point Park as they exchanged their vows with just a commissioner and two good friends. It was magical, but because of its simplicity, not because of any glitz.