Today we catch waves and feelings! How can you not when you see the cutest Covid 19 elopement between two surf lovers, Nicole + Daniel ?! Like so many others, N + D had to cancel their big day at the last minute due to the current global pandemic. Even though they were depressed, they knew that they still wanted to start the next chapter in their life together. They grabbed their boards, went to the beaches of St. Augustine, Florida and said their vows. N shares:
In the midst of the unknown, we were still so sure of one thing and that was that we were so ready to become a husband and wife. Daniel and I love surfing and it is one of our favorite things to be together as a couple. We both feel free and calm and alive when we are in the sea. So instead of living in the middle of a rock and in a hard place, we decided to take our vows in the place where we had so many joys. We agreed that we could use this day to be a light for others and one day leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren. So we drove to the courthouse before it closed, got our marriage certificate, and prepared our hearts to get married in the sea.
The photos taken by Stefanie Keeler Photography are pure magic! Let's go!
Decision for a Covid-19 elopement
It is a question that so many couples have faced and that so many more are currently struggling with. Forget lemons in lemonade – what do you do when life gives you a pandemic? N told us more about the difficulty of their decision:
When we were told that we had to postpone our wedding because of Covid two weeks before the big day, we were heartbroken that we would not have the day we had dreamed of. One by one, all of our plans fell through the cracks – my bridal shower was postponed, guests chose not to come to the wedding, the entire wedding day had to be postponed, Daniel's parents could not travel, the Florida beaches closed, and the list the roller coaster of feelings. I remember walking one night to find out what to do. I think we both felt defeated because we knew that if we were blown away we wouldn't get the same anticipation that we had on our big wedding day. We also had no idea when we would have our wedding party at all.
I was wearing my white swimsuit, his parents had a cake delivered from Kentucky, and all of our guests were praying just as they saw us walking down the aisle. Daniel's best man even called us on the way to the beach to give us his best man's speech. We honestly had about 7 days to figure out how to get married, but it was the help of all the people who love us that made our day so special in the smallest way.
I love how easy our wedding day was. There was no schedule or schedule; no hurry to get ready; Our guests should not be entertained more than celebrating each other. It was a day when it was simply a matter of both of us becoming one and keeping our eyes on what marriage really meant to us. We value community and family, and although we had no one else apart from our photographer, videographer and official, there was still so much joy in our time, and Stefanie kept it so authentic and raw.
Maybe you haven't noticed that bridal swimsuits are one thing? If not, we'll totally make it one thing!
N + D ended their Covid 19 elopement day with the sweetest beach picnic with Publix cake and cold champagne! Adorable!
We love to see PURE JOY faces. Having trouble finding peace with your own Covid-19 plan change? Read more real stories about how these couples said "I'm doing" during the pandemic.
Surf through life
If you are planning a wedding and it is affected by this pandemic, you have the right to be broken, angry and sad. But amid adversity seek joy. Joy that your wedding day will still happen; Joy that you can still marry your best friend. I realized that because we are all broken people living in a broken world, we must still be broken on one of the greatest days of our lives – it is our decision to find either sadness or joy in it. And I choose joy. Another little piece of advice is that if your wedding is postponed, you still get married on your day. Do it yourself. Ask yourself what's unique for your relationship and get married!
On this side of marriage we would do it all over again. The heartache, the tears, the missed expectation of what a wedding day should be like. It forced us to stop and be thankful for everything God had given us. And these moments are the greatest wedding gift we can ask for.
Congratulations Nicole + Daniel! You are more than inspiring. We know that your sense of adventure and love for each other will bring you far in life !!
Photography: Stefanie Keeler Photography // Cake: Publix