Dear Covid Bride,

After two years of wedding planning, plans changed.

Dear Covid Bride,

If you would of asked me 6 months ago what my wedding day would look like, I would have pulled out my photo boards and told you about the 300 invitations we mailed out. I would have explained the details, the checklists and the plans. Know what I wouldn’t have told you about? How everything was about to change. Because I never could of imagined it, and then it did.

If you would of asked me two months ago what my wedding day would look like I would have told you about the fear and the last minute plans. I would have told you about the prayers we had that we would actually make it down the aisle on the day we had planned for nearly two years. Know what I wouldn’t have told you about? The joy that found its way between the chaos, because at the time, worry was all we knew. 

If you ask me what my wedding day looked like now, I would tell you about the 10 people who filled the room with so much love that you would of thought I had a guest list of thousands. I would of told you about the prayers, love and beauty behind having people rally behind you from different cities, states and countries. I would tell you about how nothing else mattered other than seeing my now husband, at the altar. 

I see you and I feel your hurt. I know how hard it is to fight back tears as it all falls apart before it can come together again. I know how it feels to have a house full of decorations that is supposed to fill a room with 300 of your loved ones but instead the candles will outnumber the guests. I know how it feels to continue planning during a pandemic, to try on your dress for a fitting and to not be sure if it should bring you peace or fear knowing that so much could change between now and walking down the aisle. 

I can only confidently tell you this now, because I have been there, but you have to continue to remind yourself that although the day may look entirely different, or may even take place on a different day or year, love will always find a way. Regardless of what you do, go all in! Follow your heart right to the altar and marry the person of your dreams when the time is right for YOU! It may look entirely different, but it may also be exactly what you needed, too. 

Love, Mrs. Croatt 

Photograph: Scheid Media, Brandon Olmscheid // THE FIRST LOOK
Photograph: Scheid Media, Brandon Olmscheid // THE FIRST KISS
Photograph: Scheid Media, Brandon Olmscheid // THE IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS

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