Love was most certainly not cancelled in 2020, Tessa and Miles are a prime example of that! Against the odds (and keeping within the Government guidelines of course!) they planned the most perfect, intimate and romantic micro wedding.
Now, whilst the official restrictions allowed 30 guests to attend a wedding in October, we were warned that rules could (and did) change according to registry office space and guidelines. Four people were able to attend Miles and Tessa’s wedding ceremony at Oxford Registry Office – and no photographer allowed! Not the ideal situation for them and their guests but unfortunately it couldn’t be helped.
Flexibility is the name of the game at the moment, especially as a wedding supplier. I happily agreed to meet them ahead of their ceremony, and then was there to photograph them as they walked out into a sea of confetti!
Tessa and Miles were determined to have their 30 loved ones spend the day with them. But were well aware that, as a lot of the guests were children, social distancing could prove tricky! With that in mind they came up with a rather fab plan for multiple small wedding receptions (a nod to that flexibility I spoke about earlier!). Post ceremony we made our way to the Old Parsonage’s beautiful library for a champagne reception where handful of guests joined them to hear a few words of thanks and toast the happy couple.
The rest of their guests – including all of those rather energetic children – gathered in University Park where Tessa and Miles later joined them. It was the perfect compromise, the couple were able to spend time with the people they adored whilst also catering for the kids in attendance and their need to let off steam and run around!
Finally it was time to head over to Gees Restaurant. Tessa and Miles had invited their guests to join them for a meal there. As per restrictions everyone was seated at tables of 6 and were unable to move around to chat. It wasn’t ideal but it was the best way to have all 30 guests attend their wedding meal with them.
Staying within guidelines and restrictions – especially everchanging ones – is no easy task. However Miles and Tessa’s day is a perfect example of how, as long as you’re prepared to amend plans as and when required, a ‘COVID wedding’ can still be fun, memorable and involve the people you love.