Kirsten and Jon have a very modern love story – they met online! Kirsten’s dating profile was pretty sparse – the only thing she had on there was that she liked bourbon and punctuality. So on the first date, Jon showed up early to the bourbon bar only for Kirsten to be 30 minutes late. Kirsten is from Virginia and Jon is from Indiana, which is why Jon’s nickname is IJ, or Indiana Jon. They love cozy date nights at home where they can cook for each other and share a bottle of red wine, biking on the Esplanade, playing board games, and seeing who can come up with the best puns on the spot.
They planned a Cambridge City Hall wedding for mid-March, a time when their family and friends could fly to the city and join their intimate celebration before the “big” reception at a horse race in Virginia in April. But then, Coronavirus hit. No large gatherings, no touching, mandatory social distancing, and then Cambridge City Hall cancelled their ceremony…. until Kirsten and Jon got creative.
As a backup plan, Kirsten’s brother-in-law got ordained so he could perform the ceremony, and it’s a good thing he did! After watching the weather for a week, which pointed to rain almost all of Friday. The night before, the forecast switched to cloudy and breezy so we made the call to continue full speed ahead! Kirsten’s parents attended the ceremony, while Kirsten’s sister live streamed the excitement to their family who couldn’t attend. Jeff performed an amazing ceremony, tears were shed, and then they were MARRIED!!!
They walked along the Esplanade into Beacon Hill, where passerby’s stopped to take their picture and yelled congratulations from the other side of the street. People said it was a wonderfully uplifting celebration to watch – it’s “just what they needed to see right now.” Kirsten & Jon walked to the very deserted Public Garden to pop a bottle of champagne and take a bite out of the cake that Kirsten made herself!
It was a new experience not being able to hug each other, staying at least six feet away, and sanitizing our hands every twenty minutes, but safety and health comes first! A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Kirsten & Jon – it may not have been the wedding day they initially envisioned, but it was nothing short of perfection.
Note: this wedding was planned and photographed before the MA shelter in place order / non-essential business ban. If you’re planning on getting married in the next few weeks, it’s best to wait as the non-essential business ban includes in-person photography sessions!
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