They Canceled Their Big Italian Wedding and Said “I Do” at Home Instead

Alison and Stephen had planned a big Italian wedding, but like so many couples their plans were suddenly changed because of COVID. So instead, the had a small but beautiful wedding ceremony at Stephen’s parents home in Occoquan, VA. Captured by Tiptop Focus, read on to see the beautiful pics as well as words of advice from Alison on how they adapted to the circumstances.

How did you navigate the decision regarding your wedding?

We had spent roughly 10 months planning our wedding and while we briefly considered postponing in order to celebrate with everyone, we were ready to be married (and wrap the planning process!). After consulting with our vendors and parents, we decided to cancel our reception and planned for a smaller, intimate ceremony in Stephen’s parent’s backyard with our families on our original (as scheduled) wedding day, March 28.

Why did you decide to still get married now, rather than reschedule?

We were ready to be married, even if just a ceremony for the two of us plus our Officiant (our friend, Cara). Luckily, with our families being local, we were able to pull off both – a beautiful backyard ceremony followed by a reception (8-person family dinner). While it was certainly ‘different’ not celebrating with our entire crew, there was no absence of love — our families and friends compiled video clips of them sending well-wishes which we were able to view during dessert. (Carrot cake for Stephen and Texas Donuts for me!)

A big congrats to Alison and Stephen!



Caterer: Maggiano’s Little Italy, Panera Bread//Makeup Artist: Carolyne Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting//Musicians: Andrew Juola//Shoes: Clarks//Floral Designer: Twinbrook Floral Design//Officiant: Cara Leighty//Cinema and Video: Tiptop Focus//Photographer: Tiptop Focus

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