August 3, 2021
It almost felt make-believe how perfect the day was.
Kevin and I got engaged on December 23, 2018. We were having a low key family game night before the chaos of the holidays. He’d formally asked my parents so they were anticipating the proposal, but I was totally surprised. We were so excited to share the news with family and friends over the next few days.
As you can imagine, we had to adapt and change a lot of our plans when the pandemic surfaced. What we thought we could do changed constantly, and we knew we would have to get creative because we didn’t want to put our lives on pause.
After making the difficult decision to change venues, we had to coordinate with vendors and find a new date when all would be available. Luckily, we’d booked an Airbnb for the rehearsal dinner and the hosts were so incredible. They knew the struggles we were up against and were so accommodating. Because of their flexibility and support, we were able to make our dreams a reality, which included having our dog with us.
Everything came full circle when we decided to scale back. The changes we had to make were stressful and disappointing at times, but we threw out all the rules and decided that we were afforded the opportunity to do what makes us happy.
We’re really proud of the way we got to celebrate together. Aside from being able to spend more time with our families, neither of us would change a thing. The moments we shared throughout the day were intimate, and I think we would’ve forfeited those moments if circumstances were “normal”.
We were in a bliss bubble and had some normalcy in a time filled with so much uncertainty. Our friends and family were so supportive of our decision to proceed. While our guests couldn’t be with us physically, we were able to share a glimpse of our special day thanks to the incredibly talented photographer and videographer team who captured all of the special moments.
Until it was happening, we didn’t believe it would. All of the things we thought we wanted were thrown out the window and replaced with the things that mattered most to us.
We learned through this experience that no matter the obstacles, if you have love and happiness, you have it all.
- Carrie and Kevin Chamberlain (Photography & Videography: The Libbys Photo & Films)