Okay, I know some people think we’ve lost our minds. Sometimes we think we’ve lost our minds too. Still, we are having a wedding. I can’t help it. I’m excited and a little nervous, but mostly excited. And to be totally honest, I wanted to share these engagement pictures. (Thank you Susan Beard!)
These two beautiful people are daring to have a real wedding, in real time, in the middle of this pandemic
and, as mother of the bride, I’m going to definitely (though safely) give it all the love and good juju I can bring to it!
My beautiful daughter Alexa is marrying a guy we adore, Phil Jadd. He is earth. She is sky. He’s the foundation that’s steady and strong. She’s the soulful creative. They are uniquely wonderful together. And, this union has been 7 years in the making.
We just aren’t waiting.
It’s true. Most of our out of town relatives won’t be there. Some of our closest friends won’t be there. We understand. This is the hard part. We’ve actually encouraged some of our significant family members to stay home and watch the livestream. Planes and airports just aren’t safe and large gatherings have to be approached cautiously.
We virtually gathered for a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel style wedding shower;
our nod to fantasy, reality and our determination to creatively get together.
But on August 8th, we will be face to face in face masks. We will be social distancing at a historic outdoor garden. We’ve gone from a 200 person wedding to a 50 person wedding. Intimate.
And we believe love will shine through!
We’d always imagined a huge family reunion, a dancing celebration for our only child’s wedding. But here we are.
We could mourn what could have been. We have. But the truth is, we have so much to be grateful for. We are healthy and well.
This bride and groom said GO!
These two are ready to start their lives together and with their dog, Holly, too.
I’m going to watch my daughter, in the gorgeous dress we picked out the day before stores shut for the pandemic, walk down the aisle. We’re going to toast. We’re going to dance in our bare feet in the grass (no dance floor), rain or shine, cause that’s what we do. We take those lemons and squeeze the hell out of them for some lemonade!
We dare to be optimistic; to celebrate even in the middle of ambiguity, uncertainty and crisis, because we believe love should be celebrated, perhaps, especially now.
To my daughter and future son-in-law! Dare on!