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My 2020 brides.. how are you feeling??? Have you decided to postpone? Did you make it official in the backyard? Avoiding the subject altogether? For us, we’re still really hopeful things will be OK by September…but with the uncertainty of the future right now, we’re definitely not ruling anything out.

I just keep thinking…if things still aren’t ok by then, we’ve got much bigger problems than not being able to have a wedding. Of course it makes me so sad to think about the what if’s, but you know what’s helped me?…

Reading about all of the couples who’ve decided to make the best of this. The Zoom call weddings, the backyard elopements…you are the ones reminding us what it really means to be in love and for that I just want to say thank you. Thank you for showing us what commitment looks like. Thank you for making the best of this weird time in our lives and reminding everyone what a marriage is really all about. You guys are the role models we all need right now.

Our future celebrations will eventually happen. And when they do, we’ll appreciate them even more with our new perspective. We may never understand why some things happen the way they do, but I continue to believe there’s a much bigger plan beyond what our human minds can understand right now.

God is working all things together for our good.  

Weddings are such a beautiful thing and I still daydream about ours ALL the time. But lately, I’ve just been focusing on spending time with my future husband: learning about each other, laughing at each other’s quirks, enjoying each other’s company in silence (like right now haha), deliriously giggling at 1:00 AM because we’re not tired, and just enjoying this time in our lives where we can focus on everything we’re thankful for.

Who else is in our position? Would love to hear from all my 2020 brides – how are you doing? Are you one of the couples I mentioned above? What’s your experience with saying or planning your “I do” amid the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know tonight in the comments of my IG post ❤️And for anyone thinking about their engagement…remember, we got in engaged right here in our apartment and I couldn’t have asked for anything more special 🙂

[outfit from pic above linked in this post about engagement outfits]

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  • Stephanie Baumeister
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    Hi Olivia,
    Long time follower here. I also am a 2020 September bride right outside of the Chicago area. Funny enough we too got engaged in our apartment right on the patio, on a beautiful day in April last year.

    Feeling nervous and anxious not only about the wedding but all events leading up to the wedding (shower, bachlorette, etc…). What I am trying to remind myself is that there is nothing we brides can do besides hope and pray for the best. Eventually we will have our days, even if we have to postpone.

    Praying things are better by September. Fingers crossed for all of us!
    @stephbaumeister

  • Autumn
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    I am supposed to be getting married to my high school sweetheart on May 16th. We were supposed to send out invitations this week, had two wedding showers planned for the next two weekends, postponed our honeymoon, we both had to cancel our bachelorette and bachelor parties… so many emotions about all of the changes we’ve had to adjust to over the past month. I’ve been dreaming of marrying my fiancé since I was 14 years old (now 22) and it’s sad to think that I won’t get to celebrate the way I’d dreamed of… BUT we have decided to still get married on May 16 on my family farm with just immediate family with grandparents watching electronically. We are so excited that we have the opportunity to still be able to get married and celebrate our love for one another!

  • Kensey
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    Small intimate wedding with less than 50 planned for July! Really keeping hope. But a little sad that showers and bachelorette parties may not happen. All we can do is have hope for our world!!

  • Sarah
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    We are getting married in December. Hoping and praying everything will be ok by then. Love how you mentioned that people are eloping in their backyards and having zoom weddings. I have always wanted and planned a big wedding with all of our loved ones. For some reason I am completely at peace with the unknown. Trusting HIS process through all of this. Thanks for this post!!
    Best,
    Xoxo Sarah

  • Liz
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    Completely there with you..! We were to get married 6.20.2020 a date that meant a ton to us, but a few days ago we finally decided to make the hard decision to cancel and postpone. After many nights awake praying and worried days, we made the decision based on what we feel is best for our friends and family! Our new date is 8.21.20 & although I am sure we will not have all of our guests able to attend I have as well been trying to focus on what matters most at the core of a marriage and putting that at the forefront of my thoughts. I also am a huge believer that we have to trust in the journey and that there are much bigger hands at the wheel of our life! ❤️ All that being said, I would by lying if I didn’t say that was one of the hardest experiences I’ll ever go through based on the unknowns and uncertainty..! My shower and bachelorette were also canceled and totally breaks my heart!!
    Keep you head up and faith grounded in him who is strongest in showing us hope…! Much love, Liz

  • Christine
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    Thank you for writing this post. I am also a September bride and the uncertainty of it all is stressful and scary. We are remaining hopeful that our wedding will still take place in September. Other events are starting to be impacted, such as my shower, which was scheduled for May 3rd. It is so helpful to be reminded that there are other couples in the same exact position. Praying for everyone.🤍

  • Lauren
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    The most amazing thing about all of this heartbreak has been connecting with so many other brides going through the same thing! We postponed from May 24th to August 23rd and it’s been a lot to process, and I’m still terrified that our new date don’t work – but for now, we are trying to focus on the big picture. All that really matters is that our loved ones are safe and healthy!
    I also wrote a letter from the bottom of my heart to fellow brides affected by COVID-19 brides if anyone wants to give it a read > https://www.lakeshorelady.com/a-letter-to-2020-brides-affected-by-covid-19/ ❤️

    Hang in there, Liv!
    xoxo,
    Lauren

  • Kayla
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    I am an October 2020 bride and am still hopeful everything will be okay then, but the thought of some of our out of town guests not attending due to fear of flying/traveling really stinks. I keep reminding myself that no matter who is able to attend that’s not what is important. Celebrating our marriage even just with our immediate family would be a blessing. Hang in there brides. We are all in this together and more importantly take care of yourselves and your family during this crazy time because the people in our lives really is what’s most important.

    Best,
    Kayla – Phx, AZ

  • Shadima
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    Corona Virus ruined our wedding too. I’ve broke up with my fiance and 🙁

  • Brianna
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    So sad! one of my best friends was supposed to get married this July but she’s moved it to August next year. It will actually now be the weekend after mine.
    Brianna | briannamarielifestyle.com

  • Bryelle
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    Love this post! I was supposed to get married on March 29th, and we had to postpone as so many of our guests were from out of town. We postponed for early October but part of me is trying so hard not to get my hopes up again! Just taking it day by day and feeling thankful to be quarantined with my fiancé and for this time together! There’s still a lot to be thankful for, for sure! 🤗

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