How Three Local Brides Shifted Their Wedding Plans for 2020

Local brides share how they managed to shift directions and still celebrate the wedding of their dreams in 2020 when COVID-19 forced the world to pivot.

By Megan Dollar

Jan 2021

Merry Tucker and her husband on their wedding day at Vantage Rooftop Lounge in Springfield, MO
Photo by Elise Abigail PhotographyMerry and Alex trimmed their guest list and switched their wedding to a much smaller venue, opting for Vantage Rooftop Lounge.

Merry Tucker

When COVID hit, Merry and Alex trimmed their guest list from 230 people to 28 and got hitched on July 25 at Vantage Rooftop Lounge. “One of the biggest things is to make sure you and your partner are on the same page. Give yourself time to grieve the change, then think about the positives that will come out of that day,” Merry says.

Shawnna and John Moore on their wedding day
Photo by Hannah Arnzen PhotographyShawnna and John changed plans and stayed home rather than traveling to Las Vegas for their elopement.

Shawnna Moore

Shawnna and John's Las Vegas elopement was swapped out for an intimate ceremony at their photographer’s studio. “Flexibility is definitely key when trying to plan a wedding, especially during a pandemic. And keep it simple. Our ceremony ended up being way more special than we had planned, so it worked out well,” Shawnna says.

Emily and Corbin Bowler on their wedding day
Photo by Meg White PhotographyEmily and Corbin opted to move their wedding to Emily's grandparents backyard.

Emily Bowler

Emily and Corbin cut their guest list by almost two-thirds and moved the ceremony from The Loft at Keith Farms to Emily’s grandparents’ backyard. “Embrace the abnormal and treasure the moment,” she says. “I wrestled with frustration, but it was too important for us to get married. So, we kept our original date but made adjustments.”