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Host Emily Lewis was supposed to get married on September 12, 2020, to her best friend, in front of her tribe of 150 loved ones. Needless to say, the vision she had crafted on Pinterest was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place. In March, she was optimistic that she and her husband were safe, but as time progressed, the realization set in that she had to bob and weave. From 150 to 7, she had an unexpected dream wedding; not everyone has had that same experience.

On the Bride to Have Been podcast, Emily will interview fellow COVID Brides about their experiences planning a wedding during a pandemic; the highs, the lows and the pro tips. Additionally, she will connect with wedding planners, wedding photographers, wedding venues and other individuals who have also been impacted. Her goal is to build a community, a #COVIDBrideTribe, to let people know they are not alone and shine a light on this new normal in the wedding industry.

Follow and connect with her on social media @bridetohavebeen, to share your stories, suggest topics to touch on or just to show support to the other brides on this journey.

Bride to Have Been is brought to you by GiftPod and produced by StudioPod. Edits were made by Nodalab. Special thanks to GaryOAKland for the original track "late night ride". Subscribe, rate and share with your #COVIDBrideTribe.

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Host Emily Lewis was supposed to get married on September 12, 2020, to her best friend, in front of her tribe of 150 loved ones. Needless to say, the vision she had crafted on Pinterest was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place. In March, she was optimistic that she and her husband were safe, but as time progressed, the realization set in that she had to bob and weave. From 150 to 7, she had an unexpected dream wedding; not everyone has had that same experience.

On the Bride to Have Been podcast, Emily will interview fellow COVID Brides about their experiences planning a wedding during a pandemic; the highs, the lows and the pro tips. Additionally, she will connect with wedding planners, wedding photographers, wedding venues and other individuals who have also been impacted. Her goal is to build a community, a #COVIDBrideTribe, to let people know they are not alone and shine a light on this new normal in the wedding industry.

Follow and connect with her on social media @bridetohavebeen, to share your stories, suggest topics to touch on or just to show support to the other brides on this journey.

Bride to Have Been is brought to you by GiftPod and produced by StudioPod. Edits were made by Nodalab. Special thanks to GaryOAKland for the original track "late night ride". Subscribe, rate and share with your #COVIDBrideTribe.

    Is There Going to be Dancing with Bride Jenna

    Is There Going to be Dancing with Bride Jenna

    In today’s world, trying to get married has become... a hot mess. So, to all the COVID brides to have been, grooms and wedding professionals: you’re not alone. Welcome to Bride To Have Been, a StudioPod original podcast hosted by Emily Lewis, with the purpose of building a community by sharing the reality of this new normal in the wedding industry. Let’s keep inspiring each other and celebrate the thing we treasure the most: love.
    What’s one more year? That’s a question it took bride Jenna a minute to get comfortable with considering she and her fiance had already been together for eight years when they finally got engaged. But after thinking it over and knowing it was important to wait for a time when she and her fiance Zach could celebrate with their large families over an entire weekend at a “rustic nautical” destination wedding in Saint Michaels, Maryland, Jenna made the call last April to move their August 2020 wedding back an entire year so they could stick to their grand plans. A year later, they’re still not sure what their new wedding date will look like or if guests will even be allowed to dance. The only thing they know for sure is that there will be all the crab and lobster a person could eat.
    Thanks for listening! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/bridetohavebeen (Instagram), don’t forget to use the #COVIDBrideTribe, and feel free to send us your COVID wedding stories. Bride To Have Been is a podcast brought to you by https://www.giveagiftpod.com/ (GiftPod) and produced at https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod). Edits were made at https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab) and music was produced by https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ugRqsUUkY3Dxc35llDO07?si=4eTLwb3CT_SDuXuBbEDNAw (GaryOAKland). Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share with all of your fellow brides.


    Jump straight into:
    (07:57) - Jenna on when she knew Zach was the one - “I honestly knew right away. I know that's so cheesy but this felt so different from any other relationship I've ever been in, and I was like, ‘What's happening right now? What is this feeling?’”
    (09:02) - On Zach proposing after eight years of dating - “It became kind of like a joke of like, ‘Zach, when are you going to propose?’”
    (11:38) - The proposal - “When I came home, I walked into a candlelit room with a PowerPoint of all the eight years of photos of us, and then at the very end, it said, ‘Will you marry me?’”
    (22:05) - On postponing their wedding early on - “I was like, ‘I am not losing all of these vendors and it's not getting better.’ And so I switched it and my sister thought it was so early on, ‘You're being ridiculous.’ But I was right.”
    (25:34) - Finding the perfect wedding dress - “I'm definitely not one of those ‘say yes to the dress’ girls.”
    (27:31) - The hardest part of planning a wedding during the pandemic - “The lack of being excited about it is stressful to me. I wish that I could be excited about it, and I guess as it gets closer I will be. But I am just so emotionally drained about it.”
    (28:05) - All of the things that are still unknown - “I can't envision the day without it being like, ‘Are people coming? Are there masks? Is it going to get canceled? Is it going to be small? Is there going to be dancing?’”
    (32:55) - Not feeling like she can talk about moving her wedding - “I also don't want to make anyone feel bad and thinking like my problems are so big when people are dying and losing jobs and all sorts of things. So I feel like this kind of weird balance.”
    (34:45) - What Jenna has learned over the past year - “Things don't have to go as perfect as your Pinterest board pictures them to go, and that's okay.”

    • 36 min
    The Plan Changed Every Day with Bride Rachel

    The Plan Changed Every Day with Bride Rachel

    In today’s world, trying to get married has become... a hot mess. So, to all the COVID brides to have been, grooms and wedding professionals: you’re not alone. Welcome to Bride To Have Been, a StudioPod original podcast hosted by Emily Lewis, with the purpose of building a community by sharing the reality of this new normal in the wedding industry. Let’s keep inspiring each other and celebrate the thing we treasure the most: love.
    Like many brides, Rachel thought she wanted a big wedding with all the works. She and her fiance Scott even booked a wedding venue that could accommodate 250 guests just before COVID hit in early 2020. But in the thick of the global pandemic with nine months left before their wedding date, the couple decided to switch up their grand plans for a micro wedding with just six of their family members and have opted to plan for a bigger celebration sometime in the future. Even then, the couple is planning to scale back their plans to around just 80 guests once the pandemic has finally blown over. As Rachel points out to host Emily Lewis, did she really need her mother’s tennis friends at her wedding? No.
    Jump straight into:
    (05:48) - On Rachel expecting a proposal from Scott - “I put a couple of puzzle pieces together and figured out that today was the day.”
    (08:58) - Rachel realizing she didn’t need a big wedding after COVID - “I thought I wanted a big grand wedding so we booked a 250-person wedding in this expensive catering hall, but now that it's turned into what it is, I'm actually much happier.”
    (10:08) - Scaling down the wedding - “Obviously I want my family and my good friends there, but do I need my mom's tennis friends? No.”
    (19:25) - Rachel’s outlook on life in quarantine - “Everybody got screwed over in one way or another. This is just our way.”
    (20:59) - The chaos of planning a wedding during COVID - “The plan changed every day. We're done changing it. This is what we're doing.”
    (24:54) - Rachel’s takeaway from the past year - “I think everybody should take time when they first get engaged to sit down and think about it for real before making any moves.”


    Thanks for listening! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/bridetohavebeen (Instagram), don’t forget to use the #COVIDBrideTribe, and feel free to send us your COVID wedding stories. Bride To Have Been is a podcast brought to you by https://www.giveagiftpod.com/ (GiftPod) and produced at https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod). Edits were made at https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab) and music was produced by https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ugRqsUUkY3Dxc35llDO07?si=4eTLwb3CT_SDuXuBbEDNAw (GaryOAKland). Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share with all of your fellow brides.

    • 26 min
    Tough Conversation After Tough Conversation with Wedding Photographers Lyndsi & Geoff

    Tough Conversation After Tough Conversation with Wedding Photographers Lyndsi & Geoff

    In today’s world, trying to get married has become... a hot mess. So, to all the COVID brides to have been, grooms and wedding professionals: you’re not alone. Welcome to Bride To Have Been, a StudioPod original podcast hosted by Emily Lewis, with the purpose of building a community by sharing the reality of this new normal in the wedding industry. Let’s keep inspiring each other and celebrate the thing we treasure the most: love.
    It has been a tough year for wedding photography team Geoff and Lyndsi, but they won’t tell you that. Aside from raising a growing toddler with one more kiddo on the way and losing months of income due to COVID, this husband and wife duo prefer to focus on the silver linings and helping their clients navigate the pandemic as they’ve had to reschedule, scale back and even cancel their weddings. And while Lyndsi and Geoff are looking forward to a time when things get back to normal, they say they hope everyone’s new priorities stick and that intimacy and authenticity become staples in the wedding industry.


    Jump straight into:
    (02:42) - How Lyndsi and Geoff met - “The romantic version is we were both ocean lifeguards, or we were at the time, so the romantic version is that we met on the beach. Very Baywatch.”
    (03:49) - About their first date and early dating days - “Our first date was actually scuba diving. Yeah, she took me down pretty deep.”
    (07:45) - On Geoff starting to shoot weddings after finishing college - “It's so funny to me to think about like a young 20 year old male shooting weddings. Yeah. I mean, I really didn't have any idea what I was doing.”
    (20:15) - What it was like for the couple when COVID hit - “Our first postponement was April 10th, and it's crazy to think back on that time, because it was just, it was so unknown and so scary and people just, no one had any idea what the heck was going on. And it was just bad news after bad news, after like tough conversation after tough conversation. It was just, it was wild. It was a wild time.”
    (33:01) - How it felt helping their clients - “You're just seeing all these weddings postpone. I have to admit it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.”
    (36:50) - Focusing on the positives - “A big silver lining of this year: It has been this forced balance. And I think that that is such a transition, going from being like doing life at warp speed.”
    (40:42) - How Geoff and Lyndsi want to see the wedding industry change in the future - “The intimacy of not having to worry about all these extra things and all these extra people, you know, there's just something really special about that. I've never heard anyone say they wish they had a bigger wedding.”


    Resources
    Book with https://www.geoffandlyndsi.com/ (Geoff and Lyndsi Photography)
    Follow https://www.instagram.com/geoffandlyndsi/ (Geoff and Lyndsi Photography) on Instagram
    Learn more about https://www.newsweek.com/mean-girls-day-october-3-when-did-mean-girls-day-start-aaron-samuels-1462898 (Mean Girls Day)
    See https://www.uniquefloraldesigns.com/ (Unique Floral Designs) for yourselves!






    Thanks for listening! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/bridetohavebeen (Instagram), don’t forget to use the #COVIDBrideTribe, and feel free to send us your COVID wedding stories. Bride To Have Been is a podcast brought to you by https://www.giveagiftpod.com/ (GiftPod) and produced at https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod). Edits were made at https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab) and music was produced by https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ugRqsUUkY3Dxc35llDO07?si=4eTLwb3CT_SDuXuBbEDNAw (GaryOAKland). Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share with all of your fellow brides.

    • 55 min
    Everyone Deserves to Have that Moment with Bride Brittany

    Everyone Deserves to Have that Moment with Bride Brittany

    In today’s world, trying to get married has become... a hot mess. So, to all the COVID brides to have been, grooms and wedding professionals: you’re not alone. Welcome to Bride To Have Been, a StudioPod original podcast hosted by Emily Lewis, with the purpose of building a community by sharing the reality of this new normal in the wedding industry. Let’s keep inspiring each other and celebrate the thing we treasure the most: love.
    Brittany and her fiancé Sam knew they wanted to have a flashy destination wedding in Jamaica where her dad grew up and she still has lots of family. So when the couple got engaged in 2019, they decided to set their date for March 2021 giving their friends and family extra notice and ample time to save for their snazzy Caribbean nuptials. And while the couple still plans to keep their original date, it's anyone’s guess how the day will actually go as travel bans and local regulations have kept this couple on their toes and wondering how many of their guests will actually be able to attend safely and comfortably.
    Jump straight into:
    (02:53) - How Brittany and Sam met - “We just hit it off. Next thing you know, we had another date the following week that actually ended up being about five dates in one, and we really just kept seeing each other until I moved back to Boston.”
    (03:57) - Getting engaged after dating long distance - “Sam and I like to joke that long distance probably put like an extra, I don't know, five, ten years on our relationship. People say, ‘Wow, you guys got engaged super fast.’ And we're like, ‘Yeah. Try doing long distance, California, Boston.’”
    (05:42) - How Sam proposed - “We're sitting on the beach and Sam is saying the most beautiful things, and next thing I know, he's like, ‘Can you stand up?’ And he gets down on one knee and I'm just like, ‘What's happening? What are you doing?’ That's like, literally what I said is, ‘What are you doing?’ And he proposed.”
    (19:51) - Who is planning to attend their destination wedding in March 2021 - “My parents are planning to go regardless, but that also adds another layer because I feel a sense of guilt in a way.”
    (21:51) - How Brittany is trying to manage the bad days - “I try and center myself and bring myself back to the fact that regardless, Sam and I will have an incredible marriage and a wedding that will be special. And this is just one point in time for the rest of our lives.”
    (22:53) - On feeling sad about her scaled-down wedding - “I feel silly because I have friends who have had to postpone their weddings twice. Right? And we haven't gotten to that point. So I'm also kind of like, ‘Why am I saying why me?’”




    Resources
    Follow https://www.instagram.com/bdanielle___/?hl=en (Brittany) on Instagram


    Thanks for listening! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/bridetohavebeen (Instagram), don’t forget to use the #COVIDBrideTribe, and feel free to send us your COVID wedding stories. Bride To Have Been is a podcast brought to you by https://www.giveagiftpod.com/ (GiftPod) and produced at https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod). Edits were made at https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab) and music was produced by https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ugRqsUUkY3Dxc35llDO07?si=4eTLwb3CT_SDuXuBbEDNAw (GaryOAKland). Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share with all of your fellow brides.

    • 29 min
    The Three Year Engagement with Bride Alaina

    The Three Year Engagement with Bride Alaina

    In today’s world, trying to get married has become... a hot mess. So, to all the COVID brides to have been, grooms and wedding professionals: you’re not alone. Welcome to Bride To Have Been, a StudioPod original podcast hosted by Emily Lewis, with the purpose of building a community by sharing the reality of this new normal in the wedding industry. Let’s keep inspiring each other and celebrate the thing we treasure the most: love.
    Alaina and her fiance Shane weren’t too worried when shelter-in-place orders started coming down last Spring. Afterall their wedding date was already set for April 2021 so it was hard to imagine there would still be issues by then. “Even up until November and December, we kept telling ourselves, ‘Next year we'll worry about it, and next year we'll worry about it.’ And now it's next year,” the bride-to-be told host Emily Lewis during her interview for the podcast. Ultimately the couple would decide to postpone their big dream wedding for almost another year making their already-long engagement stretch to four years in total.
    Jump straight into:
    (04:20) - Alaina on when she knew Shane was the one - “About two years into dating, I started badgering him with the ‘marry me’ every other day and then every day.”
    (06:16) - The proposal - “I knew he was nervous and I didn't know why. And I remember at one point during dinner, I picked up his hand. I'm like, ‘Why are you so sweaty? What are you nervous about? Are you okay?’”
    (08:24) - Alaina on dreaming of a big wedding - “The romance of weddings and brides was something I was drawn to while I was in school and working in the fashion industry.”
    (10:42) - The couple’s initial reaction to the pandemic - “Even up until November and December, we kept telling ourselves, ‘Next year we'll worry about it, and next year we'll worry about it.’ And now it's next year.”
    (14:39) - Why they decided to push their date back another year - “We figured what's the rush. People already waited two and a half years. We can wait another year.”
    (15:39) - On finding a new date - “If we wanted to postpone for 2021, they only had one date in June and one date in July available that were Saturdays.”
    (17:32) - Restrictions at their venue during the pandemic - “Just imagining the 50 people in this room that can hold 350 people, it just seems silly.”
    (22:08) - Alaina on saving mementos from the entire process - “I've been keeping everything, our engagement party invitations and thank you notes, just as a scrapbook thing. I think it's another way that we can document this crazy experience.”
    (28:26) - How Alaina and Shane have tried to grow - “The pandemic probably taught all of us being stuck at home, away from family and watching people we know and love get sick and just not knowing what's going to happen, that we have to cherish the day and be happy with what we have.”
    Resources
    Follow https://twitter.com/adiverniero (Alaina) on Twitter
    Follow http://@alainadenise (Alaina) on Instagram
    Follow https://www.instagram.com/theknot/ (The Knot )on Instagram
    https://www.theknot.com/content/covid19-help (The Knot's Official Guidebook for COVID-19 Wedding Help)
    The Knot’s support hotline: (833) 998-2865
    Book the https://milleridgeinn.com/the-cottage/ (Milleridge Cottage)


    Thanks for listening! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/bridetohavebeen (Instagram), don’t forget to use the #COVIDBrideTribe, and feel free to send us your COVID wedding stories. Bride To Have Been is a podcast brought to you by https://www.giveagiftpod.com/ (GiftPod) and produced at https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod). Edits were made at https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab) and music was produced by https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ugRqsUUkY3Dxc35llDO07?si=4eTLwb3CT_SDuXuBbEDNAw (GaryOAKland). Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and share with all of you

    • 30 min
    Wedding Planners were Built For This with Wedding Planner Jane

    Wedding Planners were Built For This with Wedding Planner Jane

    In today’s world, trying to get married has become... a hot mess. So, to all the COVID brides to have been, grooms and wedding professionals: you’re not alone. Welcome to Bride To Have Been, a StudioPod original podcast hosted by Emily Lewis, with the purpose of building a community by sharing the reality of this new normal in the wedding industry. Let’s keep inspiring each other and celebrate the thing we treasure the most: love.
    Wedding planner Jane Alexandra had a wedding booked the very weekend that shelter-in-place orders were put in place in California back in March 2020. That was just the first of over 30 weddings she would end up helping couples postpone, scale down dramatically and even cancel throughout the pandemic. At first, Jane was in fix-it mode just trying to get through every day and every task, but eventually the reality set in that COVID wasn’t going anywhere and her business wasn’t going to be the same anytime soon.
    Jump straight into:
    (06:24) - Jane on becoming a wedding planner - “I was like, ‘I have no idea what I'm doing. This is scary, but I'm just going to go for it and see what happens.’”
    (19:00) - On couples who still wanted to plan large weddings during the pandemic - “The reality is, is it worth the risk? Like what if your wedding gets shut down literally the day before or that morning?”
    (20:12) - Planning big weddings during the pandemic - “My husband is a nurse and he works on a COVID unit. And so I personally don't want to put anyone at risk, and also I don't want to put my business at risk and I don't want to be on the news as the wedding planner that hosted a super spreader wedding.”
    (26:12) - Giving couples their money back after cancelling - “The deposits that we get, we spend those. We use that money to pay our bills and to pay our teams and to survive.”
    (28:41) - On how many weddings there were to move - “Everyone loved the idea of getting married in 2020. So dates that normally wouldn't have been full we're full.”
    (30:13) - On couples that had to keep postponing - “They had to postpone again and again and again. And it's just so sad for them. I can't even imagine postponing my wedding three times.”
    (31:55) - How Jane has been holding up - “I've probably had at least one mental breakdown a month this entire process. It's exhausting and it's tiring and it's horrible, but every day I just get up and I'm like, ‘Okay, what do I need to tackle now?’”
    (41:20) - Riding the COVID rollercoaster - “I've definitely had my moments where I’m like, ‘I'm going to make the best of it and I'm going to cook and I'm in a garden and I'm going to learn to make fun cocktails,’ and that lasts like a week, and then you're back in the tub crying.”
    (43:26) - On not having all the answers - “Especially for planners, because this is what we do, we do well under pressure. Our job is to manage crises and to manage anything that could happen day of, which I've seen it all, but the hard part is that I'm used to having the answers on how to fix things.”
    Resources
    Follow https://www.instagram.com/janealexandraevents/ (Jane) on Instagram
    Book a wedding package with Jane and her team at https://janealexandraevents.com/ (JaneAlexandra Events)
    See https://www.instagram.com/xokatierosario/ (XOKatieRosario’s delicious cakes) on Instagram
    Book a trip to http://flying-flags-rv-resort-campground.central-coast-california.net/en/ (Flying Flags) in Buellton, CA Buellton
    Thanks for listening! Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/bridetohavebeen (Instagram), don’t forget to use the #COVIDBrideTribe, and feel free to send us your COVID wedding stories. Bride To Have Been is a podcast brought to you by https://www.giveagiftpod.com/ (GiftPod) and produced at https://www.studiopodsf.com/ (StudioPod). Edits were made at https://nodalab.com/ (Nodalab) and music was produced

    • 56 min

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