Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Amber and Marques were forced to change plans for their dream destination wedding in Jamaica.

Determined to keep their 3.3.21 wedding date, our Elegant Events Planning and Design team continued our work and helped them plan a local, Philadelphia wedding ceremony within the current guidelines.

bride and groom after their intimate wedding at St Matthew AME in Philadelphia

Amber and our Elegant Events owner, Donielle, met growing up in the A.M.E denomination. So, we were particularly excited when the coupe’s strong faith (and a little help from our planning team, of course) lead them to get married at their local church with their wedding party and parents in attendance.


Communication Is Key

Under normal circumstances, communication is key when planning a destination wedding out of the country. As you might imagine trying to stay on top of ever-changing regulations and travel restrictions during a pandemic was imperative.

Wedding guests with airline tickets and hotel reservations needed to be updated on any changes and safety protocols. Our team worked with the couple to update their wedding website to keep everyone informed.


Weekday Weddings

It’s funny how when you plan a destination wedding, and everyone is on vacation, a Wednesday wedding is no different than a Saturday. It’s Island Time!

Determined to keep their 3.3.21 wedding date, we moved ahead with a beautiful intimate Wednesday wedding ceremony.

Off-peak weddings are becoming increasingly popular. With weddings postponed from 2020 planning for 2021 and lots of those prime weekend dates spoken for, we see lots more weekday weddings. Our Elegant Events team’s Micro Wedding collections have filled the need for those intimate weddings, especially where couples are looking at weekday events.


An Intimate 3.3.21 Wedding Ceremony

For the ladies, the wedding day began with hair and makeup services. The artists did an excellent job with social distancing and wearing masks while providing hair and makeup services. The bride and wedding party looked amazing.

Philadelphia makeup artist wearing mask as she applies make up to a bride

Philadelphia bride look at herself in a mirror at the Notary Hotel

Philadelphia bride posing for photos before her intimate wedding

bride getting ready at Philadelphia's Notary Hotel

bride holding a red and white satin rose bouquet

Marques and the gentlemen were transported to the church first, with the limousine returning for Amber and the ladies.

As you might be able to tell, red is Marques’ favorite color. He was such a cool groom, not making many requests. He just wanted to include red wherever possible, and it worked out beautifully.

With everyone safely in place, Amber made her entrance to ‘Till Death Do us Part’ by Brian Nhira.

bride walking down the aisle escorted by family member wearing a mask

The intimate wedding ceremony included the couple exchanging wedding vows, rings, and a unity ceremony before sealing their vows with a kiss and exiting to ‘This Will Be by Natalie Cole.

intimate and socially distant wedding at St Matthew AME in Philadelphia

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows in a socially distant wedding ceremony officiated by a masked officiant at St Matthew AME in Philadelphia

bride and groom kissing after their intimate socially distant wedding at St Matthew AME in Philadelphia


Old City Philadelphia

Following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds and their wedding party enjoyed some time outdoors taking photos around Old City and the historic Merchant Exchange.

bride and groom on the steps of the Merchant Exchange in historic Old City Philadelphia

JUST MARRIED, groom in red jacket posing with his bride after their intimate physically distant Philadelphia wedding

Bride and groom with their wedding party in Old City Philadelphia - red is the groom's favorite color

Wedding plans may have changed, but Amber and Marques kept their 3.3.21 wedding day and had a beautiful, touching wedding surrounded by family and close friends.

Congratulations, Amber and Marques!


The Philadelphia Wedding Team

Philadelphia Destination Wedding Planner: Elegant Events Planning & Design

Beauty: Erica Nikole

Beauty: Lavish A Jenée Chanel Salon 

Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal

Bride Attire: Pantora Bridal

Bouquets: Etsy

Groom and Groomsmen: Iacobucci Formal Wear Inc

Philadelphia Wedding Ceremony: St Matthew A.M.E. Church

Wedding Photography: Anthony Page Photography

Stationery: Basic Invite

Transportation: Limo Today

Hotel Accommodations: The Notary Hotel