On Friday, November 20th, 2021, a team of 11 Central Florida wedding professionals banded together to bring socially distanced wedding joy to one deserving couple. Spearheaded by Brittany Ellis Cole of Eventrics Weddings, “We Show Love: Act of Kindness” is a contest in which front line couples who had to postpone could nominate themselves or be nominated by others to win a free micro/hybrid wedding that follows physical distancing, safe gatherings, and PPE protocols. Winners Leah Mapp and Justin Hill hosted their Covid-safe micro/hybrid ceremony, followed by an elegant lunch reception hosted at Canvas Event Venue and designed by Occasions by Shangri-La.
“Justin and I were absolutely devastated by the storm that COVID-19 created in our wedding planning. We entered 2020 with the sheer joy of knowing that we would have the wedding of our dreams and somehow all of that was snatched from us,” Leah says. “When we received the call that we had won it was a surreal moment that confirmed that grace does abound in our lives! Undoubtedly, we are blessed to have this opportunity.”
The micro/hybrid wedding concept is new in the event industry, brought on by the pandemic, to encourage safe gatherings and physical distancing while still allowing important milestone celebrations to occur. Ten loved ones joined the couple in person for an intimate, masked, and physically distanced ceremony followed by a physically distanced celebratory luncheon. Another ten guests celebrated virtually from their own homes via live stream video, complete with curated celebration boxes designed by Dogwood Blossom Stationery making them feel as if they are were there in person with the couple.
After evaluating all nominations, the “We Show Love” wedding was awarded to local Orlando couple, Leah Mapp and Justin Hill. Leah and Justin were originally planning a romantic rustic outdoor wedding on November 20, 2020. In September, their wedding planner ceased operations due to Covid-19, which caused a ripple effect across their wedding plans. Making matters harder, Leah is a teacher in Orange County and has had to pivot from the start of Covid to keep students motivated, engaged, and safe through virtual and in-person learning. With lack of time to continue planning on their own, and having lost many of the deposit payments for their original wedding plans, the couple made the hard decision to postpone their wedding.
This “We Show Love” wedding give away was not only an act of kindness but an example of how once-in-a-lifetime moments can still be celebrated together during the pandemic in a safe and memorable way.
Additional information about local partnering businesses:
About Eventrics Weddings @eventricsw
Full-service wedding planning and management team specializing in South Asian, mini, and fusion weddings.
About Occasions by Shangri-La @obsevents
Full-service event décor, lighting, and floral company. We design and execute weddings, corporate events, and themed events of all types. Occasions by Shangri-la events are born of three things: your inspiration, our innovation, and flawless execution.
About CANVAS Event Venue @canvaseventvenue
Orlando’s First “Event Specific” Raw Space! Industrial modern – Blank Canvas, Natural Sunlight, Polished concrete floors, and disappearing ceiling. Our Canvas, your vision!
About Puff n’ Stuff @puffnstuffcatering
Premier full-service catering and event company for over 30 years and is now one of the largest of its kind in Florida. Catering to affairs of all sizes, including corporate, social, gala, and fundraising events and weddings. Passionately Perfecting Life’s Celebrations!
About Couture Cakes @couturecakesbylia
Tailor-made custom creations that are truly spectacular! All of our cakes are made from scratch with price, precision, and detail. Couture Cakes bakes with the freshest and finest ingredients, but also add a pinch of love so that your cake taste just as good as they look!
About Bronze + Glow @bronzeglowbeauty
On-site Hair and Make-up services. Professional and reliable.
About Dreaming in Color @dreamingincolorartstudio
Resin artist who makes your personality come to life – unique décor for your homes and events.
About Dogwood Blossom Stationery @dbsinvitations
Custom invitations that are of the highest quality, that match your specific event vision, that reflect your style, and that tell your unique and wonderful story.
About Dudha Productions @djfirozdudha
Dudha Productions offers the finest in audiovisual services. Professional DJ with over 34 years of experience with Worldwide service.
About Orlando Productions @orlandoproduction_inc
Total Event Production – Filming, Lighting, All-Pro Audio/Video Equipment, and more!
About Infinite Loop @infiniteloopphoto
Award-Winning Wedding & Lifestyle Photography Studio based in South Florida.