A Real MicroWedding During Covid-19.


Clarissa and Gordon’s Microwedding on their rooftop terrace


It all started with the proposal at the Art Institute of Chicago. As Clarissa and Gordon were looking at another couple’s wedding photoshoot, Gordon told Clarissa they should just have one of their own. So they did!


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After 10 years of dating, right then and there he proposed to her at the beautiful Art Institute of Chicago, with its incredible scenery in the background. At the Art Institute garden, you’ll find a wonderland of geometric shapes, classical planters, and ivy-covered walls that will inspire you for a creative session.

The engagement photos were taken by Chuck Olu-Alabi.


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Picture Credits: Chuck Olu-Alabi (Instagram @chuckolualabi) Lincoln Park Zoo

A wedding is not just a parents’ biggest celebration, but their biggest credit card bill. It is a bride’s lifelong dream, and the most stressful time she/he has ever had. It is a groom’s biggest joy, but possibly his/her worst nightmare…that is if the bride is not happy.

Oh, and when I say possibly a groom’s worst nightmare, I mean any groom who has planned a summer of 2020 wedding. As we know, the Covid-19 pandemic spread like wildfire and, unfortunately, caused the cancellations of many weddings: a bride’s biggest disappointment.

One Covid-19 bride, or should I say superwoman, who shared her adaptive experience in this situation is, Clarissa.



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Picture Credits: Instagram @ariellegallionephotography


Clarissa and Gordon planned to get married on May 24th, 2020. Like many others, they took the approach to postpone their wedding to next year. Having said that, they also decided that after 10 years of being together, no virus, no matter how severe, was going to stop them from waiting any longer to celebrate their special day. So, they did just that, and they tied the knot.

Even though this day looked different than expected and adjustments had to be made, Clarissa and Gordon had support from friends and family to help make it happen.

With only a week and a half notice, Clarissa put together the whole ceremony on her own. A local florist Stephanie from Flowers by Stem was able to come out and put together beautiful scenery for their now terrace wedding at home.


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It does not stop there though, the help of Clarissa’s best friend was the cherry on top to help make the day extremely special by surprising her with a driveby of guests that could not come.

Also, a lot of their friends and family watched the wedding on Zoom.


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Clarissa and Gordon wanted to incorporate some traditions as well and decided to participate in the ‘Jumping the Broom’ ceremony. We thought this was so cool and meaningful for them. Adding personalization and making your wedding meaningful in your own way makes it even more special. It will showcase who you are and your values as a couple. 

We absolutely love this about Clarissa and Gordon’s wedding ceremony.

The “Jumping the Broom” is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, either at the ceremony or at the reception, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as husband and wife. This ceremony dates back to the 1600s and derives from African culture.


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As one can guess, one of the biggest changes was the guest list. While not being able to have every single person they wanted to have there, this actually worked out in their favor.

Their decision to still get married on their original wedding day with only about 12 guests, allowed Clarissa and Gordon to have an intimate experience with just their families, in addition to their official ceremony and celebration that will now take place next year on May 29th, 2021.

While Covid-19 caused Clarissa and Gordon a sudden change in plans, in some way they got the best of both worlds.

The wedding photos were taken by Arielle Gallione

We wish them both a fabulous life together!






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