Why weddings are forever changed: Julia and Dan’s intimate restaurant wedding

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The lighting was the only drama we brought to Julia and Dan’s wedding

Intimate Restaurant Wedding from before the pandemic, and how weddings are changing for the future.

As we think about what weddings will look like “on the other side” of this pandemic, I’m excited to think about what we will take with us as a culture from this time of difficulty and clarity.

Are weddings forever changed?


. . . and no!

Once you can critically look at the parts of your wedding and distill them down to the most vital parts for you and your partner, then there is no going back from that. What will that look like?

  • Guest lists will grow again (when it is safe) but show more deliberate curation in who is invited.
  • With a smaller guest count comes better food quality! Lets have great food and celebratory meals!
  • More time for you, more time with guests. A smaller count also means more time to just live your experience – enjoy your time with your partner, share the time with your family, laugh with your friends.

But in some ways weddings won’t change at all, because some couples were already making those decisions for their wedding.

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Early winter sky and silhouettes of trees FTW

Now: Julia and Dan’s intimate restaurant wedding!

In the realm of things I failed to blog before the pandemic, Julia and Dan’s intimate restaurant wedding has been at the top of my list. Partially because before COVID-19, their wedding stood out for being deliberately intimate and small. In light of social distancing, their wedding seems ahead of its time, and that is exactly what I see when I look through these photos.

Restaurant: Carmelo’s St Paul

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