This time last year, no one could have predicted what 2020 had in store for us. We rang in the New Year excited for a new chapter of Real BB Weddings. This all quickly changed in the face of a worldwide pandemic. It became clear that weddings, perhaps the most social event of them all, would be greatly affected as our new reality unfolded by the day.
If anything, 2020 has forced us to change perspective and consider what is most important and valuable in our lives. The handful of weddings we did are a testament to this new sentiment. Faced with an unprecedented list of challenges, couples shifted their focus and asked, “How can we make the most of this day given the situation and make it feel special and meaningful?” Large and lavish celebrations gave way to small, intimate gatherings where every detail was heartfelt and thoughtful (not that they weren’t before, but you get the idea). And friends and family who couldn’t be there in person joined via Zoom and FaceTime. While original wedding visions may have changed, the love, emotion, and beauty that unites two people in life remained as strong as ever.
A Whimsical White, Green, & Black Affair at The Bowery Hotel
2020 started according to plan in January with Kelsey and Nick’s unforgettable day at the Bowery Hotel. The couple’s florals were a perfect mix of whimsy and elegance, expressed through crisp white roses, astilbe, snapdragons, stock, and hydrangeas complemented by birch branches (used in the ceremony backdrop), seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and lemon leaf. Glowing candles and black accents were incorporated in both the ceremony and reception decor, adding a warm and sophisticated touch to this downtown wedding.
Natural Romanticism at The Liberty Warehouse
Nailah and Hasan were married in an intimate Muslim ceremony at the Liberty Warehouse in August. Judging from the photos, one would never guess that the couple had only four weeks to plan their wedding for reasons brought on by Covid-19. Floral decor encapsulated natural romanticism, expressed with lush, voluminous arrangements in a blush, white, and green palette. Provided by the bride’s parent’s event company, an eye-catching mirror runner added to the magical atmosphere that underscored this memorable day.
A Modern Garden Soirée At Tribeca Rooftop
Elaine and LiRen said “I Do” in a a gorgeous sky high wedding at Tribeca Rooftop in September. The couple married under a garden inspired archway of roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, stock, and astilbe mixed with seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and lemon leaf. Reception decor changed over to a modern classical style, conveyed with arrangements of clean white tulips, hydrangeas. and calla lilies accented with touches of greenery and candles.
A Mid-Autumn Wedding at Crescent Beach Club
From the vibrant blooms to the picture-perfect weather to the vacation-like scenery, it’s hard to believe that Mary and Brian’s wedding took place in Long Island in mid-October and not at some remote tropical getaway. After rescheduling multiple times, the couple finally said “I Do” in a beautiful church ceremony followed by a joyous reception at the Crescent Beach Club. Floral decor was feminine and bright, with flirty pops of hot pink, blush, and white accentuated by touches of verdant greenery.
A Romantic Backyard Wedding In Pennsylvania
2020 was definitely a year of firsts, and in mid-October, we had our first backyard wedding, which celebrated Cara and Vince exchanging vows in an intimate gathering of close family and friends. The entire event took place under a tent, beginning with the couple saying “I Do” before a captivating archway of roses in hues of white, pink, blush, and burgundy paired with Italian and parvifolia ruscus, lemon leaf, silver dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and sword fern. Reception decor took shape in clean, modern centerpieces of Phalaenopsis orchids and roses in white and burgundy shades complemented by glowing candles.
This past year has shown us that the future is uncertain and life is unpredictable. However, one thing is for sure, people are going to continue to fall in love and get married. While the weddings of 2020 looked and felt different from before, they were still a celebration of a love that culminates in a lifelong bond between two people and we are beyond grateful to have been a part of every one. Witnessing each of these couples say “I Do” during a most challenging time has given us nothing but hope and optimism for 2021.