April 26, 2020
Chances are Kelsey had no idea she’d be having a quarantine wedding when she started planning their perfect Michigan wedding day. I’m having a difficult time putting into words the emotions I feel from documenting Kelsey + Caleb’s “big” day at Evident Church in Chesterfield, Michigan.
In order to have the weddings of your dreams, the details have to be Pinterest perfect and the guest list must be long. The dress has to be jaw-dropping and your nails must be done. The moments have to be big and the decor has to be even bigger. This is what people believe anyways. Weddings have this stigma to have to be perfect. This is a misconception we sadly all fall for.
K + C’s imperfect quarantine wedding day was the most perfect wedding I’ve ever had the honor to be a part of. The bar wasn’t stocked and the center pieces weren’t towering. Kelsey and Caleb live streamed their ceremony for all of their loved ones to watch. As soon as they sealed it with a kiss, car horns started honking like crazy. The dance floor may not have been packed, but the parking lot sure was.
I always get emotional when I photograph weddings but I’ve never experienced anything like this one before. While social distancing, family and friends packed the parking lot with masks on and homemade signs cheering on the new Mr. & Mrs. It’s moments like these when you realize you don’t need a “big wedding” to have the perfect wedding. COVID-19 may have put a hold on weddings, but what I’ve learned is, it doesn’t stop marriage and it sure as heck doesn’t stop love.
Cheers to the newlyweds, Kelsey + Caleb! Thank you for proving to the world that love is not cancelled.