Raise your hand or your cocktail if you are going through 2020 with these same emotions. And now raise your glass and sip if you are planning your wedding during this pandemic. 

There is no text book on how to even begin to navigate through weddings and a pandemic but, where there's no path we just need to know where we are on the map when we feel lost.  And know honey, I am right there with you and have helped talked to numerous brides that are in your own very shoes. Knowing and assessing the risks and knowing all your options is the best plan of action. By having a grasp of a plan amidst the noise of so many options, this will reduce the initial feeling of being overwhelmed. The main thing is here, being on the same page as a couple and knowing your plans from A - C based on limitations, restrictions, or shut down and when to make those decisions. So here is an online guide to help navigate you both. Feel free to reach out to jessica@underthesunphotography.com for more questions.

Dear 2020, You have thrown us some unexpected twists and turns... 

Mucho Love, Jessica 

Stay up to date with your city or county ordinances
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local guidelines to follow 

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When I see the perfect cup of coffee just cue Bruno Mars "That's what I like" and  my happy dance! It's true I love coffee! I know it's basic, but it' makes my day go round, from mornings to that 2 p.m. mid day pick me up. 

FAVORITE AT HOME COFFEE:
McCafé with half & half and spoonful of sugar

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP ORDER:
Latte with a sugar in the raw packet

Coffee

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As a lover of all "critters" and dog mom, I cannot tell y'all how happy it makes me to have my couples request to bring their pupper to their engagement session. Our pups are our family and when they arrive to the ranch, they bring so much joy!  I love seeing them jump through the wildflowers, grass, and their little tail wags of excitement. If you have a good pup, I always encourage to bring them along!

Pups at Sessions

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If I had to pick my three must haves these would it!

Statement earrings are a must for any outfit. Period. I am the girl that will plan her outfit around her earrings. They bring me joy and confidence in 10 seconds flat. 

Lipstick, I use to never wear until a couple years ago and I am hooked. I love nudes, neutrals, and deep mattes. 

Ball-caps, I live in these and certainly have the collection.! When racing out the door behind a toddler,  or running errands my ball-caps are like "we got you." 

My must haves

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I absolutely love walking into a wedding and smelling the aroma of fresh flowers. You can just call me 'Ferdinand'! Whether it's at a wedding or a fresh field of Texas Blue Bonnets, these little pieces of heaven spark joy for me. 


Fresh Flowers

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When I am asked, "What's your favorite part of capturing the wedding day?"

 Easy.

The moments that my couples don't know I am capturing. It's the moment of pause that I see a genuine moment happening, a soft moment not only between a couple but their family. It's the simple moments I get to witness that are beautiful moments that I turn into their forever keepsakes. When we sit down together and reveal these moments, the tears from my couples reaction always make it my favorite to capture.  

The Canid 

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When someone says to me, "Where's your favorite place to travel?"

I always end up answering the coast. I do love to travel to new spaces, but the Caribbean and coast have my heart.

There's something about a small coastal town or island life that just brings a sense of pure relaxation. Whether it's fishing on the coastline of South Texas or having a cold beer in a cantina in Mexico, I am always ready to pack my bags for warm sun-rays, fun, and of course a destination wedding!

My happy place

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next

When I see the perfect cup of coffee just cue Bruno Mars "That's what I like" and  my happy dance! It's true I love coffee! I know it's basic, but it' makes my day go round, from mornings to that 2 p.m. mid day pick me up. 

FAVORITE AT HOME COFFEE:
McCafé with half & half and spoonful of sugar

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP ORDER:
Latte with a sugar in the raw packet

Coffee

01.

next

As a lover of all "critters" and dog mom, I cannot tell y'all how happy it makes me to have my couples request to bring their pupper to their engagement session. Our pups are our family and when they arrive to the ranch, they bring so much joy!  I love seeing them jump through the wildflowers, grass, and their little tail wags of excitement. If you have a good pup, I always encourage to bring them along!

Pups at Sessions

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next

If I had to pick my three must haves these would it!

Statement earrings are a must for any outfit. Period. I am the girl that will plan her outfit around her earrings. They bring me joy and confidence in 10 seconds flat. 

Lipstick, I use to never wear until a couple years ago and I am hooked. I love nudes, neutrals, and deep mattes. 

Ball-caps, I live in these and certainly have the collection.! When racing out the door behind a toddler,  or running errands my ball-caps are like "we got you." 

My must haves

03.

I absolutely love walking into a wedding and smelling the aroma of fresh flowers. You can just call me 'Ferdinand'! Whether it's at a wedding or a fresh field of Texas Blue Bonnets, these little pieces of heaven spark joy for me. 


Fresh Flowers

04.

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When I am asked, "What's your favorite part of capturing the wedding day?"

 Easy.

The moments that my couples don't know I am capturing. It's the moment of pause that I see a genuine moment happening, a soft moment not only between a couple but their family. It's the simple moments I get to witness that are beautiful moments that I turn into their forever keepsakes. When we sit down together and reveal these moments, the tears from my couples reaction always make it my favorite to capture.  

The Canid 

05.

next

When someone says to me, "Where's your favorite place to travel?"

I always end up answering the coast. I do love to travel to new spaces, but the Caribbean and coast have my heart.

There's something about a small coastal town or island life that just brings a sense of pure relaxation. Whether it's fishing on the coastline of South Texas or having a cold beer in a cantina in Mexico, I am always ready to pack my bags for warm sun-rays, fun, and of course a destination wedding!

My happy place

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"We're getting married, can you share more ideas? "

how to make your intimate wedding beautiful 

scroll through our images below from our 2020 pandemic weddings and know love hasn't been canceled it's just caused us to be more creative. now that intimate weddings (guests under the count of 40) are becoming trendy and beautiful. scroll through the gallery below to see how our couples are having the best days of their lives by taking their budget from 100+ guests and elevating their weddings with lounge pieces, rose petal exits at their ceremony, ceremony arches and decor, and even offering a more casual or elevated meal. and stay in tune with our blog as we continue to post ideas, weddings, etc. 

to see more of our latest intimate weddings & elopements click here and scroll to see all blogged intimate weddings.

ideas for your guests (from awareness of personal space, setup, catering styles)

Have a plan

what should i do about my wedding?

step 1: evaluate risks 30-45 days out

before doing anything communicate with your vendors 

step 2: know the risks and MAKE a plan

step 3: the plan on before the day

step 4: the day of your wedding 

step 5: make your decision and let go

Evaluate the risks and know them by your local area and county of where the wedding is to be taking place. Evaluate local and state government guidelines about the likelihood of a shut down or travel restrictions if you are traveling to your wedding venue. If rescheduling is to occur I would do this 30 days out and not 6 months out since release phases and cases have changed week by week. It's hard to predict what will occur 3-6 months before your wedding and your vendors have been able to do this on a pro level by now.

It sounds simple but I cannot stress how necessary this is, before making a decision you NEED to communicate with your vendors. Everyone is different and requirements are different from a venue to catering to a photographer. Also remember that rescheduling should be a last resort after reviewing all of your options. We are told that this pandemic may last anywhere from a few months to even potentially a year, if not longer. With numerous couples rescheduling and new couples booking you will likely not have the date you originally wanted and may further extend you and your fiancé from being married.  Have an open mind to new dates. 

Know your vendor's rescheduling polices and remember that every vendor requirement is different, because each business financial need is different so it is best to double check and to never assume. Rescheduling fees may apply for certain vendors in order to reschedule your date. 

Also your vendors are in the trenches with you, weddings are our livelihood. We are still continuing to serve our clients during this time, so ask us  what we have seen done at weddings to reduce risks, ask if there are suggestions to minimize contact with vendors, etc. You'd be surprised how dedicated and creative they have been to ensure weddings are happening for their couples and keeping others safe. 

Follow guidelines for your wedding to take place. (I.E. In July there was a restriction on gatherings of 100 guests for events. This is not the same restriction of 10 guests for a house party.) Know the guest number then further assess things that need to be in place.

Ask yourself, do you want to have ___ guests or less. Either way, make a decision and inform guests that are coming and those won't be able to and offer them the option to "live stream" your ceremony. Allow those that aren't comfortable to attend to not attend.
 

Communicate to your vendors about safety practices and precautions they are taking. (Wearing masks, if are ill, etc.) Ask if the venue will provide hand sanitizer stations, etc. 

Have signs for your guests about sanitation. Also have disposable masks available and/or colored wristbands that allow others to know their comfort zone with touching so you're not asking continuously, "Can I hug you?"

Have chairs and tables for dining spaced, and options for guests to meander outdoors. 

Have a clear mind and heart. As I would say, let go and let God. Be still in your decision and focus on the happy. Girl, you're going to be MARRIED! You should be excited! Let your heart be full of joy and don't stress. Be present. And delegate tasks out before the wedding. Have a planner to take care of all the odds and ends, or have a dedicated family member team do this. Soak in this time and be present. If folks do not come, know it's not to be taken personally. Focus on the bright side. 

When speaking with brides for 2020, most are scared of someone catching or spreading covid at the wedding.  Know, this that there is fear in anything known. The best thing to do is evaluate what we do know. Communicate with your vendors about what preventative measures will be in place on your day, if you feel more are needed talk and communicate with your vendors. These guys have been servicing weddings and likely have measures in place for things you may not have even thought of. But, the best advise? Sit with your fiancé go over your options, pray over it, and be at peace with your decision. Do not allow yourselves to get lost in, "What ifs?" do what you can and have a plan. The pandemic isn't in our control, but we can control our actions and help reduce the spread while having fun .

When to Notify Vendors & Guests 

timeline for decision making 

3 months before your date or at booking: know your vendor options, whether it's reducing guest size to set regulations, intimate wedding, eloping, or rescheduling.

2 months before your date: ask your fiancé and talk about all the possibilities including a small wedding - be on the same page.

30 days before your date: 
assess risks based on current data. make a decision to on either to get married or to reschedule after communicating with vendors. mail your guests notices no later than 3 weeks before your wedding.

*** be sure to check with your wedding planner as many are offering this service in their packages ***

click here to read our blog post  "how to pivot your wedding plans during a pandemic"

Great ideas for your Wedding Day 

First. Simplify. 

Second. Elevate

click here to elevate  your dinner & guest experience 

click here to elevate  your ceremony site 

click here to elevate  your stationary 

The beauty of planning your wedding during this time is to simplify and be centered to those that are most important to you. To have the conversations of how you want your wedding to look for your favorites, whether it's 100 or even 10. Be centered as a couple in your wants for those that are present and create an experience for yourselves and your guests that will be an experience that leaves your heart full and a great first step into your marriage. 

By keeping your guest list simple, you are able to elevate your experience for you and your guests in attendance. By serving a limited guest count i.e. ( 100 guests versus 400) there's so much you can do for your budget. You can serve a plated dinner or even play it up with food stations of your favorite foods. You can have instead of just beer and wine, you can have a signature cocktail with a mobile outdoor  bar. If you are not a couple that loves to dance you can have an acoustic set up for your dance floor and carry on casual conversations in your own signature lounge set up. The possibilities have just become endless. See below on how you can elevate your wedding. 

elevating your ceremony site  

Elevate your ceremony with fresh florals on an installation piece that can either stand or be installed off 
a chapel such as photographed above. Also get your guests involved your ceremony with having a one of kind rose petal toss after your "I, do's" Majority of your photographs in your album will be from your ceremony, so treat yourselves to beautiful florals or ask your venue how they recommend on elevating their ceremony sites. 

elevating your stationary

Many often forget that the stationary your guests receive sets the tone for the party you are providing. Is it casual? Formal? Rustic? These details can be often overlooked, but these are what help tell the story of the planning and ideas behind your wedding. This is where you can personality, such as a water color of your pets, your venue, or even show off your infinite love for ______ (you fill in the blank).

"What is your policy for rescheduling weddings? "

what we are doing here at under the sun 

if we are not under a government mandated order:

if we are not mandated to stay at home order i am urging couples to go ahead and to stick to their wedding dates. again, we don't know when covid will blow over, and do not want you to miss out on the focus of your wedding, to be married to your best friend.


if we are under a government mandated order:

if we are mandated to stay in place services over 10 individuals will not be allowed by law. 

RESCHEDULING IS AVAILABLE AT NO ADDITIONAL FEE  when done no sooner than 30-45 DAYS OF YOUR original CONTRACTED DATE.the new rescheduled date has to then occur 12 months within the original contracted date and upon uts availability.  HOWEVER, IN ORDER FOR SERVICES TO TRANSFER TO A NEW DATE THE NEW SERVICE DATE MUST BE AVAILABLE. IF NOT AVAILABLE, TRANSFERS OF CREDITS WILL NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE TRANSFERRED. REFUNDs WILL NOT BE ISSUED



we are working with each of our couples during this time of uncertainty in every aspect possible.  
please know that we are here for you to help you get married. we are 100% team bride and groom becoming mr. & mrs. 
if you're ready, let's get your married honey!!! 

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."



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Excited for chilly weather and all things Fall?

Hey There Are You?


Pumpkin Spece and 
Everything nice!

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