As seasons change and spring has begun breathing new life, some of us reflect on the past year with hardships, stress and loss. However, there are things we can reflect back on that were learned and also gained.
As event planners and designers, we are considered to be in the top ten most stressful careers on a normal day. For many of us in this industry, 2020 was the most stressful of all. Between government mandates and shutdowns, cancellations and postponements of lifelong planned celebrations and hearing the heartache within our clients, no one could seem to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. For me personally, not knowing how to fix something for my couples for the first time in my 20+ year career was heartbreaking and deflating. However, as most of us know, it always has to get worse before it gets better. And it will, and is getting better.
Many couples were forced to unfortunately and dishearteningly cancel or postpone their celebrations. Some had no idea if they would even happen and when. Although some went ahead and persevered, albeit safely and with only a carefully chosen few to celebrate with, we all hopefully learned that sometimes, less can be more.
I asked one of our COVID couples if they would be willing to share their pandemic planning experience below, and after reading their words, I am humbly reminded of what needs to be left behind, and what matters most moving forward.
Thank you Sally and Justin for including us in your oh-so-special celebration weekend. I would not have changed one thing about it!
I’m not a huge Rolling Stone fan but sitting down to guest write this post I couldn’t help but think of the Rolling Stone quote “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you’ll find you get what you need.”
** Guest blog written by Sally Mensching Coley // Photography ©: Joanna Fisher Photography
Production & Design: Double G Events, Planning & Design // Photography: Joanna Fisher Photography // Gown: Martina Liana via The Plumed Serpent Bridal // Tuxedo: The Black Tux // Hair and Makeup: Simply Gorgeous by Erin // Venues: The Inn at Longshore by On the Marc and The Artisan Restaurant at The Delamar Southport // Florals: Fleurescent Floral Design // Rentals: Peak Event Services // Linens: Nuage Designs // Church: Saint Paul's on the Green // Cake: Lovely Cakes // Invitations: Minted Weddings, Plume Calligraphy, Etsy, Paper Source, Tono and Co., Amazon // Reception Paper: Coral Pheasant // Music: DJ Lion // Lounge Furniture: Gather and Lounge // Sheep Skin Throws: Amazon Home // Lighting & Drapery: Shindig Lighting // Transportation: Gardella Elite Limousine // AV & Live Streaming: Vivid Events