Small Intimate Weddings During And After COVID-19

Covid-19 And Your Wedding Plans

By Oscar LaVerde

LONDON, ONTARIO — Covid-19 has now affected almost every corner of life possible. This is especially true if you had any upcoming life events that involved a gathering of multiple people. Social distancing rules left many people wondering what the future had in store for your wedding during and after COVID-19.

Luckily, not all is lost. Following June 12, 2020, Ontario announced that wedding ceremonies could entertain as many as fifty people, with the reception itself allowing for ten. This is still very different from how you may have imagined your wedding. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a beautiful day to remember. That’s where I come in.

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Covid-19 and Your Wedding

Whether you were planning an extravagant event or a small intimate wedding, Covid-19 will have altered your plans one way or another. It’s something we’re all having to adjust to. It can be an extremely upsetting time if you have been planning your special day for a long time.

Some of the most common concerns about Weddings during Covid-19 often surround:

  • The duration of the wedding
  • The size of the guest list
  • Social distancing regulations

At present, the total number of people allowed to attend a wedding in Ontario is fifty. This may not be the number you had originally envisaged, but it certainly isn’t a small amount either. It’s entirely possible to have a magnificent day still while following adhering to the new rules. It’s natural to feel disappointed, but your day is far from ruined, and there are many ways to work around these strange circumstances!

Smaller weddings allow for an intimacy that isn’t always available at larger events. They create specificity and emphasize the bride and groom, which is what the day should be all about anyway! It’s then my job to capture all the joy you share with your loved ones without interrupting your day.

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The Benefits of a Small Intimate Wedding

If the option to postpone your wedding is neither applicable nor desirable, then you might be facing the very real possibility of a much smaller event. This doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy your day. It also doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice all the best bits of a wedding. In fact, there are some significant positives in hosting a more intimate wedding.

Increased intimacy

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When first considering a smaller venue and guest list, it can all feel very disappointing. When you first envisaged your wedding, you probably thought of a spectacular event with all of your friends and family. It’s entirely expected that you will feel some disappointment during this time. However, it’s also important to recognize that larger venues don’t always guarantee a perfect day!

The charming aspect of smaller venues is they allow for closer intimacy between you and your guests. You can spend more time together without worrying that you’ve greeted every single individual from your expansive guest list. There’s more room to make memories, which I can then capture for you to keep forever.

Save Money on Your Wedding

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Weddings can be incredibly expensive. From managing the catering to the venue itself to the gowns and suits for bridesmaids and groomsmen, and that’s before you even consider the bride’s dress (the most important dress!). It all adds up very, very quickly. With a downsized wedding, you may find that you have some more to spend in different areas. 

It’s important to remember that downsized does not equate to downgraded. You may even be able to redirect some money that would have gone on catering or venue to other things. That dress you wanted that was just outside your budget? It’s suddenly a realistic option. Saving a bit of extra money is never a bad thing, and it won’t come at a cost to your day. Expensive doesn’t always mean superior. 

Greater Opportunities for Stunning Shots

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My style of photography focuses on preserving candid and genuine moments. It is far easier to capture authentic moments in smaller settings that evoke the day’s real feeling. Crowds can be difficult to navigate and can even obscure the event’s true focus (the happy couple!). Smaller venues allow me to tell the story of your day through photos without any interruptions.

Whether it’s capturing hilarious moments between the bride and her bridesmaids, or heartfelt moments between the lucky couple, a smaller venue allows me to notice what is often missed. These moments only increase in value over time.

Candid wedding photo of bride and mom kissing

Oscar LaVerde Photography

As a wedding photographer, I understand the importance of capturing your perfect day. I have been lucky enough to photograph numerous stunning ceremonies in London, Ontario, and the Southwestern Ontario region. My main focus is on capturing the candid and the authentic. 

I prefer to depict genuine moments through my photography with minimal posing. The goal is to create a series of photos that perfectly encapsulates your memories of the day as they happened. The laughter and love are central to any wedding day, and your photos should reflect that.

This form of photography is often referred to as ‘documentary’ style and is increasingly growing in popularity. It essentially allows your photographer to perform their role seamlessly while still capturing stunning photos.

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What is Documentary-Style Photography?

Documentary photography refers to a style that provides a genuine and straightforward representation of people, events, places, and objects.

Weddings can be stressful. The last thing you want is complicated staging every two moments. Documentary style photography allows you to simply enjoy your day while assured your favourite memories are being captured.

Is achieving this kind of intimate photography possible in the era of Covid-19? I believe so. My style of photography champions subtlety, which is applicable even with a smaller venue and social distancing measures in place.

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Preserve Your Day With My Documentary Style Photography

When you look back on your special day, you won’t have any regrets about smaller venues or guest lists. All you will remember is how wonderful it felt to marry the person you love. My candid photography will provide you with pictures you can enjoy for decades to come.

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