How This Couple Celebrated Love Amidst COVID-19

When newlyweds Kelsey and Ryan first got engaged, they – like many couples engaged in 2020 – would have never imagined their special day would be affected by a global pandemic. But with just 4 months until their celebration, they found themselves quarantined, wondering what would become of their July 11th wedding. 

As couples planning to get married in the spring or early summer were forced to make the tough decision to reschedule or postpone their wedding, a glimpse of hope came for Kelsey and Ryan as Ohio began opening in May. Soon after, the government ordered that banquet halls could open for events – with a slew of strings attached. 

Kelsey and Ryan were faced with a decision: reschedule their wedding for an uncertain future date or celebrate in conjunction with the regulations. After considering the pros and cons of each, they ultimately decided that July 11th would be their wedding date. With their decision made, the last weeks leading up to their wedding were filled with all things planning – from their final walkthrough at Darby House to meetings with vendors to handwriting their own escort cards and everything in between. 

July 11th quickly approached, and employees and guests alike were thrilled for the wedding after months of staying indoors. With Darby House set for the wedding in accordance with social distancing guidelines, guests arrived donned in masks and ready for a healthy celebration. Upon arrival, guests were asked to complete an entry in the couple’s Polaroid guest book, complete with a picture and note to the couple. 

Wedding Polaroid guest book

As the ceremony began, Kelsey waltzed down the aisle with her father to the tune of Canon in D as guests admired her mermaid fit gown with sparkling accents. The ceremony was officiated by their friend, who expertly merged personal stories with comical excerpts without losing touch of what the moment was about – Kelsey and Ryan’s love and commitment to one another. 

Guests were escorted from the ceremony to a seated cocktail hour in the Racing Room. To comply with state regulations, drinks were served by cocktail servers throughout the evening to avoid gathering at the bar, while hors d’oeuvres were served by Made From Scratch staff.

During cocktail hour, the newlyweds, along with photographers Hristina and Paul of Aperture Photography, zipped around the property on Darby House’s golf cart to take photos at some gorgeous locations, including the wood-beamed bridge, the tree-lined lane, and more. Once photos were finished, Kelsey and Ryan had the chance to join their guests at cocktail hour as it wrapped up. 

Wedding pictures

From the Racing Room, guests were escorted to their tables in the Dining Room, where favors of Jordan almonds were awaiting them at each seat. The tables were adorned with alternating centerpieces that featured beautiful purple florals by Petals and Leaves with gold votives and table numbers. Ivory draping provided a gorgeous backdrop for the couple’s sweetheart table.

Following dinner and speeches, the couple warmed up the dance floor with their first dance, followed by the traditional Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances. DJ Tony Williams of Buckeye Entertainment led the Anniversary Dance, which concluded with a couple married for 45 years! 

Guests danced the night away on a socially distanced dance floor, and Kelsey and Ryan were ecstatic at how their COVID-friendly wedding turned out. What started out as a potential wedding riddled with uncertainty transformed into a beautiful day filled with love. We send our greatest congratulations to Kelsey and Ryan and are looking forward to more weddings to come! 

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