June 29, 2020


Melissa Williams



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This Intimate COVID-19 Wedding Sparked a New Service that Allows Couples to Keep their Wedding Date

It’s heartbreaking to come to terms with the fact that the wedding you’ve planned isn’t going to happen as you envisioned. The COVID-19 pandemic has derailed the wedding plans of thousands upon thousands of couples, but my clients—Warren and Lauren—decided that while they’d celebrate with friends and family later in the year, they were going to keep their intended wedding date.

Holding Onto Your Wedding Date So It Can Still Be Your Anniversary Date for Years to Come

When most people set the date for their wedding, they’re already anxious for that day to come so pushing back a wedding is already difficult and many brides are grieving because they have to. Often tremendous thought has gone into the date selected. That wedding date becomes your future anniversary date for years to come and many want to hold onto that. 

Warren and Lauren did just that, but it didn’t start out that way. Their wedding was the first wedding I had to postpone. Originally scheduled to marry on April 25th, 2020 at The Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, Virginia, the couple was forced to push it back to later in the year. They then decided to keep their original April 25th wedding date and get married with “just the two of them.” 

 “We really wanted to keep our date and dedicate our lives to one another and God, no matter the unprecedented times we faced,” Lauren said.

The bride’s family lives out of town so I kept my wedding planning hat on to help the couple pull their wedding off. I reached out to the talented Terri Baskin Photography and Pretty Petals Florals to help create a dream come true for my clients on April 25, 2020.

Lauren and Warren exchanged vows on the steps of the Potomac View Terrace at The American Pharmacists Association headquarters. Warren’s dad walked Lauren down the aisle and the couple’s pastor served as the officiant. 

“I was overwhelmed with so many decisions to make overnight but the harshest reality was that my friends and family—mainly my mother who is 22 hours away in Texas and auto immune-compromised—would not be able to attend,” Lauren said. 

Despite the bittersweet emotions, Warren and Lauren celebrated an intimate moment and then—in a tear-jerking scene—friends and family (obeying social distancing rules) lined the streets of DC to share their love and support. 

As often happens in life, sometimes the best ideas are birthed out of the worst of times and out of necessity. Lauren’s and Warren’s “just the two of us” wedding reminded us at B Astonished Events that many couples are facing similar challenges. Their weddings are postponed but they would love to keep their original wedding date. So we came up with the perfect idea to launch the “Just The Two Of Us” package for others in similar situations.

During Warren’s and Lauren’s wedding everyone from the glam squad to our team wore masks and followed the CDC’s recommended guidelines for safety, and that was something we could easily adhere to and replicate for other weddings.

The “Just the Two of Us” package is the newest Astonishing Experience for couples who have to postpone their wedding but want to keep their intended wedding date. 

It’s the perfect solution to the wedding challenges couples have right now. They get to have an intimate, almost elopement style wedding with just the two of them, keep their wedding date, and can still have a big bash once things settle down in the world.

We have partnered with a variety of vendors to make this experience extra special so couples still benefit from a talented photographer, beautiful florals, hair and makeup, and more. 

The package includes Terri Baskin Photography, Blair Williams Productions, Pretty Petals Florals, With This Ring I Thee Wedd, Pastor Marshall, Jenny Baked It, Marquia James Make-up Artist, Tress Art Hair, and more!  We also offer Special Enhancements for couples who want a little more for their special day. 

While conducting our “Just The Two Of Us” experience we are committed to providing a safe experience in a clean and sanitized environment by complying with all CDC and state guidelines.

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve learned that we can create happy endings in new ways. It’s okay to rewrite the ending and throw a “to be continued…” in there.

If you have an upcoming wedding in the Washington DC Metro area and would like to keep your intended wedding date or you recently got engaged and you’re ready to “elope” quarantine-style, check out our “Just the Two of Us” package on our experience page. 



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