The year 2020 will be remembered for many things, and as a wedding photographer, I embarked on a journey like no other, tasked with the unique challenge of documenting love stories during the COVID-19 era..
This year I attended 3 weddings, they were in March, August and December. Gaynes Park, then Tower Bridge, then Gaynes Park!
During this period, there were restrictions placed on Wedding Ceremonies, and they included:
1. Guest Limitations: There were strict limits on the number of attendees at weddings. This limitation could range from a small number of immediate family members only to a certain percentage of the venue’s capacity.
2. Social Distancing: Attendees were required to maintain physical distancing, typically staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart from individuals not in their household. This often meant adjusting seating arrangements, including spacing out chairs or tables.
3. Mask Mandates: In many places, the use of face masks or face coverings was mandatory.
4. Temperature Checks: Some venues and organizers conducted temperature checks at the entrance to ensure that attendees did not have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms.
5. Hand Sanitization: Hand sanitizing stations were often provided at various points within the venue to encourage regular hand hygiene.
6. Ceremony Modifications: Couples sometimes had to modify the ceremony itself to accommodate restrictions. For example, they might opt for shorter ceremonies or limit physical contact.
7.Virtual Attendance: To include loved ones who couldn’t attend due to restrictions or health concerns, many couples incorporated virtual attendance through livestreams or video conferencing platforms.
8.Testing Requirements: Some locations required attendees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter the venue.
Here are a few images of the weddings I attended in 2020.