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A Pretty Pink and White Covid Wedding

The wedding colours were dusty pink and white. “If I didn’t choose pink, I would never have forgiven myself and always regretted it in the future!”

Your Names: Becky Codoni and Oliver Codoni
Length of engagement: 10 Months
Wedding Date: 2020-07-29
Wedding location: Mountain View Golf Course
Photographer: Kirsty O’Keeffe

 

 

Becky and Oliver met through mutual friends and very quickly went from being best friends to more than friends.

Their engagement story starts a year before the proposal. “A group of us went to Tramore on a surfing trip on a freezing cold Sunday in September. On that day, Oliver and I hungout together pretty much the whole time, only for each of us to go home that evening realizing we had feelings for the other. When we eventually started dating, we told each other how we had felt that day in Tramore and how we fell for each other. So on 29th September 2019, exactly one year to the day of that surfing trip, Oliver got down on one knee on the beach in Tramore – our special place – and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes!”

 

 

The wedding colours were dusty pink and white. “If I didn’t choose pink, I would never have forgiven myself and always regretted it in the future! The pink was then complemented by the natural white, hints of burgundy, like in the boys’ ties, and greens in the foliage. I also included lots of rose gold because as anyone will tell you, ‘Rose gold is Becky’s colour!'”

 

 

Becky’s wedding dress is exactly what she was had always wanted; a sleeveless, V-neck, lace bodice with an A-line tulle skirt. She wore dusty pink shoes with pearl earrings and a rose gold bracelet. “I kept my hair as natural as I could with an easy half-up-half-down look with a few pearl hairpins and a veil. My hair started out curly but after taking wedding photos in the wind and rain, it was straight again by the evening! I also chose to do my own makeup as I wanted to look natural. I know what tones and shades suit me the best so decided to do everything myself!”

 

 

Oliver wore a navy, 3-piece suit with a white shirt. This went well with his choice of burgundy tie and tan shoes.

 

 

They wanted the wedding party to be dressed similarly, but not identical. They wanted each person to feel like themselves and be comfortable in their outfits. “I chose dusty pink, multi-way dresses for the bridesmaids so they could wrap or tie the top of the dress to whichever way they liked best and felt most comfortable. As the girls were all different shapes and sizes, this felt like the best option. The girls then chose their own white shoes and styled their hair whatever way they wanted!”

“The boys wore the same colours and styles as the groom – navy 3-piece suits with white shirts, burgundy ties and tan shoes. Each suit and tie was different from each other. This gave individuality and yet worked so well!”

 

 

“As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we had originally planned to hold our wedding ceremony in our Kingdom Hall in Dungarvan. However, due to the pandemic and closure of places of worship, it was looking unlikely that this would be able to go ahead. We held out for as long as we could, to see if there was any news of re-opening but, with 6 weeks before the day, we made the call and asked Mountain View if we could hold our ceremony there instead. Of course, they were so obliging and let us recreate the scene we had originally imagined. We used our own podium so it looked like what the inside of the Kingdom Hall. Our good friend Sam gave our wedding talk and performed the vows. This was so personal to us and focused on the Bible’s advice on how to make a successful and happy marriage.”

 

 

Because of the restricted numbers of guests and many family and friends not being able to travel from abroad for the wedding, including 2 bridesmaids and Oliver’s friends and family in Switzerland, they decided to Zoom the ceremony so many were able to watch and witness this special day. “This was one of the best ideas we had for the wedding as it meant so much to us to know that so many loved ones made the time and effort to link in and watch us finally get married! We even Zoomed my 2 missing bridesmaids individually on separate iPads and while all dolled up and wearing their dresses (which I had packaged up and sent to them specifically), they went down the aisle as they would have done if they were there on the day. I really wanted them to still feel as important to me and a part of the day and for them to have the whole experience!”

 

 

“When we visited Mountain View for the first time, we completely fell in love! The decor was classy and yet trendy. We loved the privacy and that we would have exclusivity on the day. The staff were always so positive and obliging. Especially when Covid-19 struck and we made the decision to cancel and set a new wedding date, they couldn’t have been better to deal with! We always felt so well supported and cared for, like they wanted us to have the best day as much as we did! Everyone had such a wonderful day and Mountain View made that happen! We are indebted and can never thank them enough. We really feel that Mountain View is our new ‘home away from home’.”

 

 

Becky and Oliver’s favourite memory from their day is the moment just before Becky walked down the aisle. “We were all lined up – flower girl, bridesmaids and my Dad on my arm. Outside, at the other end of the aisle, Oliver stood with his groomsmen by his side and all these smiling faces of loved ones in the audience. After all the hard work, planning, the heartbreak and disappointment of having to cancel and postpone, the unknown during lockdown and the stress of re-organising a wedding to comply with restrictions; it finally came down to this! The day was here. When the music started, I started to cry. This was the moment we had waited for for so long. To walk down the aisle and see Oliver’s smile at the other end. And for Oliver, to see me walk through those doors and down the aisle to him. From that moment on, we would never be parted. Finally, we could begin this new chapter in our lives. Together. As husband and wife.”

 

 

“Throughout this time of Covid-19, life is going to be filled with uncertainties. Things are changing quicker than we can keep up with. Planning a wedding is difficult and stressful enough, let alone adding a global pandemic on top of that! Our advice to other couples who are planning a Covid wedding is not to focus on what you can’t do, but focus on what you can do! Don’t think too much about the things that could be altered by changing restrictions, but about the things that can’t be changed. Think about how to make your day special to you despite the current circumstances. It’s all part of your story. So make it a story worth telling!”

 

 

 

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Wedding venue: Mountain View Golf Course | Photographer: Kirsty O’Keeffe | Dress: DH Gate | Suit: Next.ie | Bridesmaids dresses: Lipsy from Next.ie | Cake: Veronica Taglienti of ‘Veronica’s Café’ in Waterford City | Stationery: Guest Book: ‘SunnyHomeStudio’ on Etsy | Bride Bouquet and Groom Button-Hole: ‘The Rosebowl’ in Carrick-On-Suir, Co.Tipperary | Bridesmaid Bouquets and Groomsmen Button-Holes: Handmade from bunches of gypsophila from Dunnes Stores | All other flowers and foliage used for decorations were artificial.

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.
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