PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Last week, Governor Ralph Northam announced new coronavirus restrictions in Virginia that reduce the size of gatherings from 250 people down to 25. That means that wedding venues in the state will have to reevaluate their schedules and abide by the new rules.
Sadly, the knot will be left untied for a little while longer for couples who were excited to get married after an unprecedented year. For some, this isn’t the first time their big day has been rescheduled this year.
“No one has a crystal ball right now. Obviously, we know that anything can change at any moment,” said Kylie Hester, the Client Experience Consultant at The Barns of Kanak in Prince George.
Hester says after a wedding this past Saturday, their team started reaching out to couples to brainstorm new plans.
“All of our couples that are getting married within the next few months –– we’ve been making phone calls, emailing with them, texting them,” Hester explained.
She said she can’t imagine how hard it is for some couples; many have spent time preparing for their wedding day and are waiting for the wedding bells to ring.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow,” Hester said. “But it is just as important to be there for them and hear them out. It’s a very stressful time for them and we take on our couples’ hurt and pain in a way that makes our hearts break for them, too.”
She says the venue has been continuing Phase Three precautions and this is now the second time one of their couples are postponing their wedding since the spring. Regardless, she said the couple is “handling this continuously with so much grace.”
“It’s incredible, actually,” Hester said. “We’ve been working with them to come up with a ‘Plan C’ at this point. We know that it’s going to be amazing in the end.”
Despite the sadness, she and her team are working to keep couples’ and vendors’ spirits high.
They had an intimate ceremony on May 2, and they originally chose to postpone their larger celebration until November. Now, it’s being postponed to 2021. Their photographer is Bri and Wes Photography.
“We know there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel and their day will be worth the wait. We will be more than ready to celebrate each of these couples,” Hester said.