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Change of Plans: Intimate Covid Wedding in Kansas City

Amanda and Joe dreamed of a big wedding; imagining all of their family and friends sharing in the love at a gorgeous venue. They were devastated when the coronavirus hit and forced them to change their plans to a more intimate covid wedding in Kansas City.

Covid Bride and Groom
Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast in Lexington Missouri
bride and groom at Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast
Bride and Groom laughing together on their wedding day
Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast
Linwood Lawn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Jade by Maggie Sottero hanging in window

There were two reasons they didn’t want to wait another whole year until having their wedding. Of course a big part of their decision was that they were too excited to be married already, waiting 12 long months seemed impossible. The second reason was Amanda’s adorable 92 year old grandpa. For as long as Amanda has been planning her wedding day she imagined her loving grandpa walking her down the aisle. They have such an amazing relationship, it would be hard for her to get married without him there as a witness to the ceremony.

mother of the bride zips up her dress
bride with her mom getting ready wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero
brides accessories on vintage table at Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast in Lexington Missouri
bride wearing wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero putting on her earrings
bride putting on her earrings
Sparkly bridal flats, Blue by Betsy Johnson and lace trim veil sitting in vintage green velvet chair
Blue by Betsy Johnson | bridal flats | wedding day shoe
bride getting ready

“The moment it all hit me was when I was upstairs getting ready and I saw Joe walking in through the window. He was in his suit and I realized he is about to be my husband. We made it, and I felt so much relief.”

bride's sister wears a mask while helping her put on her veil
the final touch | lace trim veil in bride's twisted up hair style
bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero

It was because of these reasons that they decided to postpone their grand wedding day for May 2021. They’re looking forward to throwing another big party for all of their family and friends at The Harlow but they wouldn’t have traded their intimate covid wedding in Kansas City for anything.

White vow books with gold foil lettering

Planning a wedding during a pandemic is definitely stressful. Especially the coronavirus; rules and regulations were changing daily. Amanda and Joe felt like they were thrown every curve ball in the book. So many of their plans got changed, rearranged, and then changed again. Luckily they had family behind them helping take a little weight off of their shoulders. Amanda says she never thought the day would actually come after every hurdle they had to jump over during the planning process.

Bride writes her grandpa a heartfelt letter before their first look on her wedding day
Bride writes her grandpa a heartfelt letter before their first look on her wedding day
Bride writes her grandpa a heartfelt letter before their first look on her wedding day
first look between bride and her grandpa
first look between bride and her grandpa
brides first look with her grandpa
Bride with her grandpa
Bride making silly faces with her grandpa
Bride on grand staircase in black and white
Coronavirus wedding | hand sanitizer station
Wedding at Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast
Can I Get a Witness wedding ceremony sign | DIY wedding decor
bride with flower girl and ring bearer waiting for ceremony to start
Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast wedding ceremony
bride walking down grand staircase before wedding ceremony

No matter how many times things had to be changed, Amanda and Joe kept their focus on their future marriage. They wanted their ceremony to reflect them as a couple, from when they first started dating to their first leap into being husband and wife.

groom crying when bride walks down the aisle
bride walking down aisle with her grandpa
grooms reaction to seeing bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle
bride walking down the aisle at her intimate covid wedding
emotional groom crying when he sees bride walking down the aisle
groom cries when he sees bride for the first time

“I loved how Joe was looking at me.
He just kept repeating “you are so beautiful” while his eyes were full of tears.
Definitely a moment I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

coronavirus wedding | intimate wedding ceremony
brides mom and grandpa watching wedding ceremony | coronavirus wedding
bride and groom in prayer during wedding ceremony
intimate covid wedding in kansas city
brides grandpa holding onto embroidered white handkerchief
groom gives bride her wedding band during intimate coronavirus wedding
bride gives thumbs up to groom during wedding ceremony in Kansas City
bride's family during wedding ceremony
real couple during their real wedding
bride cries while reading her vows during wedding ceremony in Kansas City
Intimate covid wedding in Kansas City
brides grandpa during wedding ceremony
bride and grooms first kiss | Kansas City photographer
bride and groom leaving aisle during intimate covid wedding in kansas city

During their ceremony I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room, I definitely was tearing up behind the camera and in my mask. There was so much love, and thought put into it. The officient spoke beautifully about Amanda and Joe, he talked about the importance of connection and how much admiration they both have for their families. Even though there were only 10 people, I’ve never been in a room that felt so full. Two families were truly connected with love.

Covid Wedding in Kansas City Family Photos
mother of the bride and mother of the groom
bride checking out her new wedding band
back lit silhouette of bride and groom
bride and groom laughing. bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero wedding dress and groom wearing grey suit with black shirt
Groom holding brides hands and smiling
smiling groom in black and white
bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero
Pear shaped wedding ring

Sometimes when you’re wedding planning you have to make a change of plans. It can be overwhelming, but it’s so important to take a step back and remember not to sweat the small stuff and lean on each other. Once you are up the aisle with the love of your life by your side, nothing else matters. It’s a moment for you two to feel like the only ones in the whole world – soak in that moment while you’re standing up their. This is it, it’s here, you made it. Your marriage is about to begin.

bride and groom at linwood lawn in Kansas City
Handsom groom in gray suit with black shirt. His black bow tie pulls the whole look together.
beautiful bride with white lily bouquet
Natalie Nichole Photography
bridal portrait - bride laughing
bride twirling in Jade by Maggie Sottero wedding dress
Kansas City groom adjusting his black tie. He wears a grey suit with a black shirt and mixed metal wedding band
Jade by Maggie Sottero wedding dress
bride strikes a pose to make groom laugh
White bridal bouquet with roses and lillies
All You Need Is Love DIY wedding day denim jacket
groom wearing black shirt, black bow tie, and grey suit
Kansas City wedding | bride and groom
Groom wearing grey suit, bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero at Linwood Lawn Bed and Breakfast
black and white wedding photography
Bride wearing a long lace trim veil with her Maggie Sottero wedding dress
groom holding brides lace trim veil
bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero paired with a white lily bouquet
bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero wedding dress with lace trim veil
groom kisses brides cheek during wedding photos
bride and groom on front porch
Covid Wedding in Kansas City
Covid Bride and Groom
real couple on their wedding day carrying things out to the car #showthereal #realcouple
Intimate wedding reception details
intimate wedding reception details
Bride and Groom eating a heart shaped pizza
lemon blueberry cake | two tier naked cake with white flowers and laser cut wooden cake topper
bride and groom cutting the cake | naked cake with white flowers and wood lettering topper
bride and groom cutting the cake
bride hugging guest at wedding reception
bride and groom popping bottle of champagne during golden hour
bride and groom champagne toast
bride and groom cheers to being newlyweds in Kansas City
best man toast at wedding reception
Covid-19 wedding reception | only 10 guests

Tip from the Bride

“If anything, wedding planning during a pandemic taught me to be much more go with the flow and embrace everything with a sense of humor. It allowed me to just say “whatever happens, happens.” I know it sounds cliche but what they say is true.”

-Amanda
bride and groom sunset photos. bride wearing Jade by Maggie Sottero and groom wearing grey suit with black shirt
Kansas City wedding golden hour portraits
groom on motorcycle in Kansas City
Lexington Missouri wedding
DIY hand painted denim jacket for bride to wear on her wedding day
Kansas City wedding | bride and groom on motorcycle
Kansas City bride and groom with motorcycle on their wedding day
Lexington Missouri Wedding
Kansas City bride's custom denim jacket | DIY hand painted jacket
Kansas City bride's custom denim jacket | hand painted date on sleeve
wedding photos with motorcycle
Bride on the back of groom's motorcycle in Kansas City
Bride and groom on motorcycle in Kansas City
Kansas City wedding day
bride and groom popping biodegradable confetti poppers on their wedding day
biodegradable confetti poppers for your wedding day
biodegradable confetti poppers for your wedding day
bride and groom popping biodegradable confetti poppers on their wedding day

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Bride hugging her dog on her wedding day
Groom with his dog
sunset portraits | black and white silhouette of bride and groom on their wedding day

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Amanda and Joe’s intimate ceremony was at Linwood Lawn in Lexington.
Amanda’s dress is Jade by Maggie Sottero

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