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by Tori Carta, Rental Manager | Museum of Arts & Sciences
Bethune-Cookman University sweethearts Lyndsey and Landon booked their June 5, 2020 wedding at the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art back in February, just one month before the Covid-19 pandemic forced event cancellations and postponements. With the unscheduled closure of the museum and unknown reopening date, so many perfectly laid plans were thrown a curveball. After many heartfelt conversations, Lyndsey and Landon decided to postpone their wedding until December 19, 2020. But then, the museum reopened in mid-May, and an idea formed. With donated services from wonderful wedding professionals, Lyndsey and Landon were able to pull off an intimate wedding ceremony on their original date in June. They live-streamed the micro ceremony to almost 100 friends and family on Facebook and YouTube compliments of Omarvelous Productions.
“Having to adjust our wedding plans was frustrating at first,” said Lyndsey. “Our wedding was pretty much already planned and then COVID-19 happened. I was grateful to have an amazing wedding planner who was able to help with pulling off a last minute intimate wedding. I'm also grateful for the vendors who also helped make our day special.”
The couple found Candace Battle, owner of The Event Company FL, at a local wedding show in Daytona Beach. “Lyndsey expressed her creative side of life and I immediately thought of MOAS,” said Candace. “I was excited to find out that Lyndsey actually loved art. To me, it was a match made in heaven.”
Although a tough decision was eventually made to postpone until December, the couple communicated to Candace only two weeks prior to June 5 that it was very important to move forward with their original date now that the museum re-opened.
“The plan was to do a small vow exchange in a small neighborhood park,” said Candace. “But then I reached out to MOAS to see if it would be possible to have the vow exchange there, and the museum happily obliged! Additionally, some local vendors willingly offered their services after hearing their story.”
Live streaming became an integral part of their wedding details because it gave them an opportunity to share the memorable moments of their wedding ceremony with friends and family who were unable to attend in person. Omar and Marianthy Mendez, owners of Omarvelous Productions, captured beautiful audio and video, and truly delivered an interactive experience for guests tuning in.
“We’ve only done live streaming for corporate events, so we wanted to make sure the things we were doing were on point for weddings,” said Omar. “We had asked a few planners if they had any weddings coming around the corner and Candace said yes! I guess the stars aligned being connected with a great couple like Lyndsey and Landon.” For a glimpse of their intimate ceremony: https://bit.ly/LindseyandLandonWed .
Although the couple decided to scale down their original wedding, the couple noted how important it was to have support from industry vendors. “Although there was a time crunch, our event planner, along with museum staff, made this process smooth and easy,” Landon said. Lyndsey added, “When we first began planning our wedding in January, I told Candace that as long as my immediate family and Landon are there, I will be happy. So although our wedding did not happen the way we had planned, I was still able to get exactly what I wanted, which was to share that moment with my family and to marry the love of my life!” Lyndsey’s parents and siblings drove 15 hours from Indiana to attend the ceremony, and Landon's dad, aunt, and Grandma drove from Orlando to attend.
Tracy Townsend captured gorgeous photos to commemorate the intimate gathering.
“Candace reached out and asked if any vendors were willing to help Landon and Lyndsey make their micro wedding day special after the shift in initial wedding plans. I wanted to be able to give back and help provide them with wedding photos they could look back on for years to come.”
Candace added, “Even though it was a small ceremony, the goal was to make this just as beautiful and memorable as a typical ceremony. It was quite an experience and I am grateful that I was able to be a part of it.”
Wedding Planner: Candace Battle, The Event Company FL (@theeventcompanyfl1)
Venue: Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art (@moasdaytona)
Florals & Arch: Vows & Views (@vowsandviews)
Bridal Gown: Lola Grace Bridal (@lolagracebridal)
Video & Livestream: Omarvelous Productions (@omarvelousprod)
Photography: Tracy Townsend Photography (@tracytownsendphotography)