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Intimate Nature Elopement with Zoom Wedding

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Allison and Jamie had to pivot their plans several times with Covid, so they ended up having an intimate ceremony with 100 guests watching over Zoom! After that, they traveled to Long Island for a second "elopement" and photoshoot with their Maid of Honor and Best Man to further honor and document their love and connection.

Allison + Jamie

Northport, New York
- 07/16/2020
Total wedding budget $4,900

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Venue
    5%
    $250
  • Food
    5%
    $250
  • Photography
    27%
    $1300
  • Videography
    6%
    $300
  • Rings
    27%
    $1300
  • Miscellaneous
    31%
    $1497
  • Total wedding budget
    $4900

How did you meet?

On a cold morning in February of 2016 when Jamie drove up to Brooklyn from DC for the Wedding of his Brother, who was marring Allison’s Sister. Jamie was the best-man and Allison was the Maid of Honor. As Jamie pulled the car into park he first saw Allison sitting on a bench outside of the church. After 3 years of talking at family events and random Facebook messages, Jamie took another drive from DC to NY to go on their first date.

What is your proposal story?

After many 300 mile (virtual) dinner dates and drives/bus trips between cities, Jamie and Allison found themselves talking about a future life together. After a talk with the Photographer about possible dates, they knew the future was at their doorstep.

After a premarital counseling meeting in the same office of their siblings’ wedding, Jamie stopped Allison in front of the bench he had seen her on 3 years before. He had combined her grandmother’s engagement ring with the diamond from his parent’s engagement ring. Her wedding band was made from the gold of his parent’s engagement ring and stone from her Grandmother’s engagement ring.

Tell us about your attire choices.

Allison’s wedding dress was from RK Bridal in Manhattan, NY. Jamie wore the same blue fitted suit he had for their sibling’s wedding from Men’s Warehouse in Rockville, MD.

They wore homemade covid masks by Jamie’s Mother, and Allison carried a handkerchief with a piece of Irish lace from Jamie’s grandmother’s wedding dress while Jamie wore his grandfather’s tie.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Jamie- because of covid many parts of our wedding day had to change including the date, venue, the number of guests (both in-person and virtual) and meal plans. Our wedding took place on a grassy small peninsula between two creeks Jamie played in as a kid. After running extension cords over a creek and from the house 200 yards away, we hooked up a keyboard, small PA system used by a neighbor, 4 Laptops, and hotspots for the 100 virtual guests.

After we drove to Annapolis, MD. for our wedding night dinner, we ordered from Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and when we pulled up for curbside pick up as we waited in line Allison got out of the car and walked up to check on our order(in her wedding dress) and everyone one in line let us skip the line because it was our wedding day. We got to have time to eat just the two of us with no party to host and nothing to care about other than being together.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

There are things you can control and things you can not. Let go of what you can’t and don’t lose sight of the most important part of the wedding – promising and being there for your partner. No matter what else is happening being in the moments together is the whole point.

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