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 Hul