• Mallory Garber

Time Capsules for a Bride Continued…

Follow up on how last blog’s wedding went and why it should be remembered forever.

So if you had read my last blog, you know my sister has just gotten married. If you have not read my last blog, I am sure you are wondering “who has a wedding during a pandemic?” Let me tell you, it was not easy. There was a lot of anxiety and stress leading up to the big day. Being that this was a wedding that had already been rescheduled due to the virus, there was a lot of pressure…but the show must go on!

While there were some bumps in the road, the wedding could not have gone more smoothly. There are some things in life that can not be put off and this was one of them. I believe anything can get done with a bit of compromise. There were various ups and downs leading up to the wedding:


  • Corona: I think we can all agree the biggest con that has played a role in all of our lives is COVID-19. The virus had followed us all the way from the original wedding date (April) to December. Where we once thought things would be better, they somehow managed to escalate. Luckily as society, we have managed to adapt.

  • Infected Guests: Unfortunately, as we anticipated, many of the guests leading up to the wedding had caught corona. Luckily all are well and recovered, but were unable to make the ceremony. Two of those people were a bridesmaid and a groomsman. My cousin, Alexis and her husband Ron had contracted it along with the rest of their family. While they were an essential part of the wedding, their presence was not completely missed. They were on face time the entire wedding and got to experience it as if they were standing there, right next to the bride.

  • Postponement: A lot of time and effort was put into planning the wedding all over again. I could only imagine what that poor wedding planner went through every time she received a call making a change to the wedding. Fortunately, most people and places were very understanding of what is going on right now and were very flexible.


  • Smaller Wedding: Cutting the wedding down by 150 people was actually a blessing in disguise. Weddings have a way of getting a bit out of hand when planning. Half the guests on the list, Shayna, my sister, did not even know. Corona gave us the excuse to host a wedding with people that genuinely love the bride and groom.

  • Weather: The day could not have been more perfect for a wedding. Due to the circumstances, we believed an outside wedding was the safest option. Usually that decision can be risky, but the odds were in our favor December 13th. The ceremony began at 4 pm, creating the perfect golden hour aesthetic without a sing drop of sweat in sight.

  • Making History: We took that chance of exploring an event we had no guidance for. When we look back we can say we took that risk, and remember it was a risk worth taking.

When December 13th finally rolled around everything just seemed to… I was oddly suspicious of how well everything was going. There had to be a catch right?

I guess 2020 decided to let us have this one.

Before the ceremony started, each of the bridesmaids and groomsman took a rapid COVID test. We had one casualty, but he exited the premises without having contacted anyone. On the bright side we can say an asymptomatic person was now aware of their infection and could go into quarantine.

Leading up to the ceremony, mimosas were drank and nerves were calmed. Shayna looked absolutely stunning as she made her way to the main lobby. I can personally say I am not a very sappy person, but I cried like a baby when vows were said. After the words “you may now kiss the bride” were said, you could actually hear the sighs of relief from the crowd. They did it! This day that everyone had been anxiously waiting for finally happened. There was a time when it seemed so far away and unrealistic and all the sudden, there we were cheering for them as they walked down the rose pedaled isle with smiled on both their faces.