Maria + Sean: An intimate nuptial in Upstate NY

Lauren Victoria Photography

Our final wedding of 2020 went off without a hitch. Maria and Sean’s wedding day couldn’t have been any more perfect…

The 2020 pandemic really put a damper in most people’s plans – especially weddings. This year was an interesting year to host weddings and a year that we certainly will never forget. Maria and Sean were one of the special couples who booked our Fall Elopements and I am so glad they did.

We worked together over the course of the summer planning and detailing every single element of their big day. On Sunday, November 1st, 2020 they said ‘I do’ and it was beyond magical.

Let’s start with the planning phase.

Planning Phase

In March of 2020 I gathered a group of vendors to see how we could Give Back to the community during the global pandemic and we decided on offering all-inclusive wedding packages to allow couples the opportunity to still get married without sacrificing a single detail.

After many phone calls and consultations with vendors across New York State, I rounded up some of the best wedding and event vendors to create this unforgettable experience. Even better, most vendors were able to significantly decrease their rates to ensure our all-inclusive packages were affordable and realistic for these couples.

When Maria reached out, I knew this was our opportunity to help them and give them the wedding of their dreams regardless of the current circumstances we were all under. Each month leading up to the wedding we met with Maria and ensured everything she wanted to customize on her wedding day was set, and November 1st came before we even knew it.

The Wedding Day

Set up began at 9:00 AM and it was all hands-on deck. Most vendors involved in the day arrived early to help set up, including the immediate team we put together for these elopements: Toney Consulting, Lauren Victoria Photography, Mindy Hulett Photo, Happiest Day Rentals, and Tarry Grove Flower Farm & Design.

With all of their help, we were set up about 2 hours prior to start time, which is incredible! But that’s what you can achieve when you have lots of helping hands. The bride and groom didn’t lift a finger day-of, which is every wedding couples dream and something I always ensure when working with my couples. After everything was set, I strolled around the venue with sanitizing wipes, wiping everything down to ensure it was clean and disinfected before guests arrived.

*As a bride who had to set up everything the day prior, day of, and breakdown everything after my reception, I never ever EVER want another bride or groom to have to go through that.*

Mindy Hulett Photo

Hair and makeup began around 11:00 AM. Maria was able to enjoy a few relaxing hours with her sister and daughter before her first look which made for some amazing getting ready photos and video footage.

Lauren Victoria Photography

Lauren Victoria Photography

At 1:00 PM, Maria and Sean saw each other for the first time as they quietly exchanged a first look by the beautiful pond at Wrens Roost. With the help of my umbrella, they were able to stay a little dry when the rain started to come down. But hey, it made for some awesome memories.

The Ceremony

Guests arrived around 1:45 PM and the ceremony started at 2:00PM. This was a COVID wedding so it was important that we ensured all guests understood proper protocol and guidelines. We had a sanitizing station at the welcome table as well as signage detailing event guidelines.

All guests were required to wear a mask to their seat at the ceremony. Once they were seated, they were able to take off their mask. All chairs were separated to provide a comfortable social distance between all guests. Due to weather conditions, we held the ceremony inside which made for a very romantic and intimate nuptial.

Photos: Lauren Victoria Photography

Biggie Entertainment provided music for the ceremony. We watched their kids run down to the alter in excitement of their soon to be wed, parents.

Maria and Sean exchanged their vows and embraced their first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. surrounded by the ones they love.

The Reception

Mindy Hulett Photo

Maria and Sean were led into their reception and introduced for the very first time as Mr. and Mrs. followed by their first dance and then a beautiful dance with their children. Root Catering ensured all champagne flutes were filled on tables as formal toasts immediately followed the dances.

Mindy Hulett Photo

While guests waited for dinner, they enjoyed a delicious charcuterie display designed and created by Root Catering as well as an open beer, wine, and soda bar for the evening.

After dinner was served, the couple enjoyed their ceremonial cake cutting and passed around delicious cupcakes (including gluten free options) by Sifted Baking Co.

The Send Off

Lauren Victoria Photography

The evening concluded with a sparkler sendoff outside near the pond as guests cheered and the couple embraced one last kiss before they headed out for a romantic evening at a nearby hotel.

It was a beautiful night that Maria, Sean and their guests will remember for a lifetime.

The Pick Up

As part of our all-inclusive packages, our couples were able to take home the floral arrangement for their sweetheart table. All extra desserts were boxed up for them and the cake (if not completely eaten) was also boxed up for them to take home, freeze, and enjoy on their 1-year anniversary.

At TC we always leave a venue the way we arrived to it. There is no other way. Me and my team of amazing vendors stayed behind and picked up every last flower petal, swept, and sanitized before we left for the evening.

The best part about our services, is that the couple, their family, and their guests don’t have to lift a single finger on the big day. We take care of it all for them. How stress-free and relaxing is that?! Everyone, including the couple, were able to enjoy it fully, as they should. That is my goal for all couples and is why I go above and beyond for all of my clients. Because they deserve it…

Congratulations, Maria + Sean! Wishing you a lifetime of love and so much happiness.

Lauren Victoria Photography

Thank you Lauren Victoria Photography and Mindy Hulett Photo for capturing all of these beautiful moments. To check out more from their big day, click the link below.

Maria + Sean