Planning a wedding during a pandemic, a group effort

Planning a wedding during a pandemic, a group effort

February 15, 2020, I got down on one knee and proposed to the love of my life, Kristen Carson.

After she said yes, we celebrated with family and friends for the remaining hours of the evening and enjoyed our time together.

Then, it was time to plan.

We hit the ground running. We chose our venue and our date and started to put the pieces to the puzzle together.

October 4, 2020 at Spain Ranch right here in Jenks.

Kristen and I both went into the planning process saying, no matter what, we are not going to be stressed. We are going to enjoy this process.

I told her I am happy to help in whatever I need to do. If you want me to do something, I will do it. If you want me to stay out of the way on something, no problem there either.

Everything was flowing smoothly, as we were checking item after item off the list.

Then, the middle of March hit and came with it a global pandemic that forced everything to a screeching halt.

The rest of March and all of April were spent at home eating home-cooked and take-out meals and watching movies and Netflix shows.

We couldn’t do much in terms of wedding planning, but anything we could do, we made sure to get done.

May rolled around and as things ever so slightly began to re-open, the planning started to kick up again. We had the help of our family and close friends, as decisions were being made and dates and plans were being set in stone.

Throughout this process, there is one thing that has become very evident … we could not have gotten through this time alone. We needed a team, a group of loved ones, who took any extra time they have had in recent months to help in any way they could.

Tasks that seemed all but impossible only months ago, are now done or very close to being completed.

Back in March or April, instead of hanging our heads and either pushing the wedding back or not having a wedding at all and getting married in front of our immediate family at courthouse, we decided that we want to have this wedding with or without our special group of loved ones, it would not be possible.

I believe that is something this world desperately needs right now. We are not meant to cower down and let a situation dictate us.

Sure, there will be bumps in the road, but that is life. You have to buck up and work through it and understand there are better days ahead.

The most important thing to remember is, don’t try and do it yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is not one person on this earth that doesn’t need help at some point during their day.

Don’t give up. Don’t be dictated by situations. You make the decision to fight through it and it will pay off. You will be happy you did.

I know Kristen and I sure are, and we couldn’t be more thankful for those who stood by us and helped us get here because 10/4/2020 is going to be a special day.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune.

Sincerely,

Kyle Salomon

Kyle Salomon

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