COVID Wedding: Johnathon and Stephen

These two castmembers originally met while working at Walt Disney World. It would then make sense that they would exchange their wedding vows at the location that brought them together. Johnathon and Stephen had planned for a small wedding at The Wedding Pavilion at Walt Disney World for the beginning of April. However, with the parks and property closed due to the coronavirus, they had to adjust their wedding celebration to an even smaller event early in the summer at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, FL.

How did COVID-19 affect your wedding?

We had already planned to have a relatively small wedding but due to coronavirus, our wedding was delayed to September 16th. In addition to the change in date, we also changed wedding venues and scaled back our guest list even further.

How did you celebrate instead?

Our entire wedding was reimagined but we kept some of the same décor touches that we were hoping to include originally. We were able to celebrate our wedding with our closest family and friends and wouldn’t have traded it for the world! Re-planning our wedding let us change all of the things that we weren’t crazy about the first time and the change of venue allowed us much more control over the planning.

What was the hardest part of dealing with COVID and wedding planning?

The uncertainty building up to the wedding day was the hardest part. As we saw COVID numbers rising and started to see the closures, we realized we needed to make the call to keep our friends and family safe and chose to reschedule.

What advice would you give other couples in a similar situation?

It was a hard decision to make between waiting to have the “perfect” day or compromising and making the best of the situation. We decided that it was more important for us to celebrate with our close friends and family than to wait to have our big celebration. In the end, the day went by so quickly and I don’t think it could have been any more perfect. Our advice would be that if you’re ready to get married, make the necessary edits to safely accommodate those who mean the most to you, and just go for it!

Participating Vendors:
Venue: Casa Feliz
Photographer: Casie Marie Photography
Videographer: Krall Cinemas
Florist: BAUGhaus Shop
Catering: Arthur’s Cater
Cake: Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Invitations: Minted
Grooms’ Attire: Alfani
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

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