Kelsey Skworch and the team from Tudbinks have been dabbling in weddings for the past few years. Projects have included lavish containers, mock gardens and tree-filled reception areas. That all ended with the arrival of the pandemic. Large weddings with spectacular floral designs and décor came to an end. Or, did they? Kelsey took note that couples were pivoting and, while their weddings were scaled back in size, they embraced the opportunity to design a ceremony and reception that provided them with the chance to share their personal style with their guests.
Of course, many pandemic-era weddings are being held at home or at an outdoor venue. Tudbinks began fielding SOS calls from couples asking how outdoor ceremony sites could be made special. As it turns out, the solution is as old as time – a wedding arch or in today’s lingo, a ceremony structure, would provide the perfect accent. Arches and other ceremonial structures – such as the Jewish chuppah – have been used throughout time as a way to symbolize the fact that a couple is entering a new phase in life. The structures also symbolize protection, divine presence and home.
Aesthetically, an arch can “frame” a ceremony with beautiful flowers and fragrance or be simply wrapped in sheer fabric and white twinkle lights. They’ve become yet another way in which couples can exhibit their taste and style. It seems they’ve taken on a life all their own, as they are also now being used to create entrances for seating areas and have made the move indoors for ceremonies and to make sweetheart tables all the more special.
For 2021, Tudbinks has embraced the concept of the arch in a special way. They have erected an arch on the farm in Conestoga that is being made available to the public for use as a backdrop for family portraits, engagement and wedding pictures, collabs, etc. The arch will be decorated to echo each season of the year. A small fee is charged, which covers manpower to spruce up the arch for your appointed time and to have a Tudbinks’ rep on-site who will guide you to other areas in which photography is permitted.
Tudbinks kicked off their new service on January 27, with a styled shoot that involved Gabe McMullen (photography), Hannah Rose Miller (model), Walnut Hill Creations (bouquet), Heritage Style (jewelry), Posh Bridal (gown by Daria Karlozi), Jasmine Sweigart (hair), Simplistic Beauty Design (chair) and Brooke Stoltzfus (makeup). Even though the late-afternoon temperature was 27 degrees (and falling!), the barren trees and setting sun created some great photo ops.
Word is already out! The arch and other areas on the property have been used as backdrops for shoots involving couples, a mom-to-be, families and children.
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As 2021 arrived, it became obvious that for the foreseeable future, weddings would have to remain small affairs because of Covid restrictions regarding guest-list size, etc. However, couples are forging ahead and holding weddings that may look different than they originally envisioned but nonetheless are special.
Micro-weddings: Small, intimate weddings have become the rule, but don’t view yours as the wedding not of your dreams. Instead, embrace the concept and pull out all the stops to make it personal and stylish. Think of it this way: fewer tables mean you can splurge on food, beverages, flowers, décor, linens, mood lighting, etc.
Wed Now/Party Later: Go ahead and get married and have a wonderful dinner with your families and closest friends. Once the pandemic is under control, have a reception for hundreds that is truly the definition of a bash!
Live-Streaming: For those going the micro route, set up a live stream of the ceremony so that friends and family can still be a part of your wedding.
As Always, Think Local: In this age of hardship – the wedding and hospitality industries have been especially hard hit by the pandemic – make it your mission to shop and buy local as you plan your wedding.