Updated: Oct 11, 2020
As I write this, almost the entire world is sheltering in place as we aim to flatten the curve and prevent further spread of COVID-19. This pandemic has impacted every single person in the world in one way or another. Like billions of others, this week has brought on for me a roller coaster of emotions including sadness, frustration and fear. I'm sad and scared for all who we've lost from this pandemic, and fearful for how many others will get sick worldwide.
Health and safety is the number 1 goal right now but I want everyone to know that it's also ok to grieve how this has impacted your own life, even if it feels small compared to the larger tragedy. I empathize with every person in a nursing home who can't see their loved ones right now, for every high school or college senior who can't cross the stage after years of hard work, for every person celebrating a birthday in isolation, for the kids who fear their homes and school is their only safety net, for everyone who has been laid off or has fears of unemployment, and personally for every one of my couples who have had to postpone their engagements and weddings. My couples are more than just clients to me, they truly become friends and I fully immerse myself in their celebrations and care for documenting their memories as if it were my best friend's wedding. And right now for so many of my couples that dream has to wait. No matter if we have to wait a few months or a year, I promise that we will celebrate extra when the special day comes! We're in this together and I'm here for you!
For all of my fellow small business owners - take a deep breath and know you're not alone. The hit to the wedding industry is tremendous and for all of us who own and operate small businesses that rely on in-person interaction, whether it be a venue owner, caterer, baker, DJ, florist, photographer, etc.- if we don't work, we don't get paid. I don't realize income on my balance sheet until after a wedding takes place and the photos are delivered, which means my photography income will cease until it's safe for us to be in groups again. I'm so thankful that I have another stream of income right now, but for some small business owners that's not the case. Having lived through 2 deadly floods in Ellicott City in the past 4 years, I've watched my town suffer so much economic hardship and it's painful to experience this for a 3rd time in such a short time frame and watch my fellow small business owners worried about what comes next.
So for everyone reading this, please know I see you and I feel your pain. If you need to vent or to cry, I'm here for you. And to everyone who's working on the front line of this pandemic, THANK YOU! Thank you to the engineers and manufacturers who are producing more medical equipment, to our local government for making the right decisions to keep us safe, to the farmers, cooks and grocery workers who are keeping us fed, and most importantly to the doctors, nurses and everyone in the medical field who is working around the clock to prevent the spread and help save lives. You are the true MVPs. (And Netflix, thank goodness for Netflix).
Although there is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, I'm trying to focus on the positive and on things that bring me joy. So let's talk about Melissa and Santi! Melissa & Santi have a love story straight out of a Lifetime movie. The two met when she was studying abroad in Seville, Spain. While traveling he was her tour guide and she accidentally ran over his foot over with her suitcase. He told her that when they got to Morocco, he was going to trade her for some camels and the rest is history! The two currently reside in England but decided to celebrate their love in Baltimore, Melissa's hometown. Their celebration came just a few short weeks prior to the global shutdown, which couldn't have been more perfect timing considering about half of the guests including the couple came to celebrate from Europe! Their wedding was perfect in every way, but most importantly because of the sheer amount of love in the air! Their wedding party was made up of the funnest people and there was never a dull moment the entire day. Looking at these photos brings me so much joy and I hope it does the same for you right now. :)
Melissa and Santi, I hope all of the feelings of your wedding day come rushing back when you look at these photos. You are both so blessed to have such supportive family and friends and I could feel it through every moment of your day. I wish you both a lifetime of good health, happiness and adventure. Thank you for choosing me to tell your love story. xoxo
Stay safe everyone and please please please don't go out unless it's necessary.
Photography: Brittany Dunbar Photography
Getting Ready Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott, Baltimore Inner Harbour
Makeup: Josie Cutitta
Hair: Pins & Curls Hair Artistry
Ceremony & Reception: 2640 Space
Catering: Absolutely Perfect Catering & Events
Gown: Columbia Bridal
Bridesmaids seeing Melissa for the first time in her dress!