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Christina + Sean

S+B bride Christina got to finally wear “the dress” at her magical, intimate wedding during the pandemic.

“Our wedding day was unfortunately not as we had planned it. We, like so many other couples had put together an event like no other… 2020 will be a year for the books, that’s for sure. With our venue closed, and obviously an immense concern for our family and friends we made the decision to postpone our wedding date.

As our intended wedding date grew closer, we were trying to find a way to still commemorate the day. The Covid numbers were improving, and regulations put in place province were lightening, but we had many concerns that our ‘new’ wedding date would also be jeopardized. We discussed the situation with our families and decided to go ahead with an elopement ceremony on the intended wedding date; June 20th. Our families understood that they weren’t going to be able to be present. We each selected one witness, and our minister agreed to perform the ceremony in our backyard. I ordered a little dress from Amazon as we decided not to wear our formal attire; just something light and easy to make things official.

About a week prior to the wedding, everything changed again. We couldn’t bare the thought of getting married without our families present. We wanted our sisters, our parents, our nieces and nephews and our best friends there. After all, this day was just as important to them as it was to us. We were lucky enough to be working with vendors who were just as eager to make the magic happen. Our seamstress and tailor blew us away with how quickly they were able to accommodate our alterations, our florist was elated to hear that we wanted her to help us beautify the space. Our caterer was incredible at helping us curate a fun and easy menu that he would prepare and drop off ready to go, and our photographer (in the second trimester of her pregnancy) welcomed us with open arms as her first wedding back in the game following the provincial shutdown.

I, personally have worked in the wedding industry for 15+ years. As I have always told my clients; no one person guarantees the success of an event. Success comes from all of the vendors working towards the same goal. Throwing this event together in a week’s time speaks volumes to that.

When we started planning our elopement, the most troubling thing for me was the idea of not wearing ‘the dress’. The dress was the first thing I saw on Pinterest, it was the first thing I knew I had to have, it was the only dress that I actually wanted, and the thought of not having that moment when Sean would see me in that dress was heartbreaking. I had serious FOMO. When my seamstress agreed to do the work, I could almost hear the angels sing – it was an absolute miracle. I love everything about my dress. I love the colour, I love the fit, I love the style, and I love that when we do finally get to celebrate with our extended friends and family I’ll get to wear it again! There is nothing better than finding a dress that makes you feel beautiful, feminine, and comfortable.”

– #SashAndBustleBride Christina

Bride is wearing the Kensington dress by Carol Hannah

Photographed by Maranda Elysse Photography

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