COVID-19 Marriages

  • Bay Area Elopement and Live-Streamed Wedding | David and Davlin

    David and Devlin recently married with a safe and socially distanced wedding and we were thrilled to celebrate with them! They had a small, intimate luncheon wedding at the Leland Tea Garden in Burlingame, CA. We offered them photography for their elopement and live-streamed the wedding so they could include their East Coast friends and family! A handful of friends joined in-person while their online guests tuned from afar and watched the live broadcast of the couple reciting their vows here in the Bay Area. They’ll be reliving the moment next year in a larger celebration, but it was wonderful to help them move forward with something small this year, though! Everyone is making adjustments during the pandemic and couples are still moving forward with safe weddings. It feels great to be a part of them! 

    C+A Photographer: Shelley Anderson

    C+A Live Stream Technician: Ersson Bartle

  • Juliana + Max's Chicago Elopement at Cindy's Rooftop

    Juliana and Max are super stylish, trendy, and know what they want. In 2019, they chose to have a 25-person intimate elopement at Cindy's Rooftop in Chicago, IL. Little did we know they'd be setting the trend for the 2020 wedding season. So take notes from a couple who eloped before it was cool.

    Max and Juliana coordinated a day that was perfectly tailored to them. They met the morning of their elopement at the coolest park in Chicago, so they could include their pup in wedding photos! They invited 25 of their closest family and friends. Does that number sound familiar? Well, it might be our new cap on guest count for weddings in 2020. We told you this would be relevant!

    They chose Cindy's Rooftop as their elopement venue. Cindy's is an outdoor-indoor patio rooftop that overlooks Millennium Park and the streets of downtown. Their elopement ceremony was officiated by a best friend. Their guests surrounded them, many on video Facetime with distant relatives unable to make it. Does that ring a bell? It's the new normal.

    They shared hand-written vows, exchanged rings, and sealed their marriage with a kiss. Attending guests shared stories, recited readings, speeches, and gave wholesome toasts. The bride and groom then made their way around to each phone screen to say hello and receive congratulations from guests who witnessed their ceremony from their homes miles and miles away.

    Champagne was poured and candid group photos were taken. The guests took their seats for lunch while Juliana and Max soaked up the view from the rooftop, alone, together.

    Juliana and Max sat at the head of the long wooden table. Cindy's created a dining menu of all their favorite foods: pasta, hot dogs, french fries, gourmet salads, etc. while also pairing it with their signature cocktails and favored wine.

    There was absolutely no stress. They still got glammed up, and ate and drank their favorite foods. They still exchanged vows and rings. Their most important people attended their wedding, near or far. At the end of the day, Juliana and Max were married.

    If applicable, we highly suggest eloping on your actual wedding date and saving the large party for later. You might be shocked to find out that an elopement was what you should have been planning all along. You have more time to spend with each guest, your new husband or wife, and that makes the day infinitely more emotional and special.

    Technically a wedding is just the event to celebrate your marriage - sooo you could do that every year if you wanted! ;)

    C&A Photographer: Hanna Walkowaik

    Venue: Cindy's Rooftop

    Bride's Dress: Needle & Thread

    Groom's Suit: Suit Supply

    Ring Designer: Pli Restrepo

  • Love is Stronger | A Campaign to Celebrate Innovation and Love

    Introducing Love is Stronger - a campaign to celebrate innovation and love. 

    We want to inspire our clients to go from “We HAVE to” to “We GET to” and embrace this moment in time.

    Cage and Aquarium refuses to wait. On behalf of our couples and all of us who deserve to celebrate life’s memorable moments with all of the feels. We are ready to celebrate love in ways we never thought possible. 

    There are so many couples grappling with how to move forward with a wedding. The unknowns at this moment seem insurmountable. There are no definitive guidelines telling us when or how it will be safe to gather groups of people in 10, 50, or more. Many of our couples that were planning to get married in 2020 have already postponed to 2021. They’re holding out for a better time when more friends and family are allowed to attend. When it’s safer to travel. When it is more likely that elders are able to come out of their shelter-in-place scenario. 

    But what about today, at this very moment, if there was a safe way to celebrate a wedding or other milestone, would you seize it? Would you reset your path to one that looks quite a bit different from what we have always thought about weddings, but is still very special? At Cage and Aquarium we are working to provide solutions for couples to be able to celebrate during these uncertain times and still have the wedding of their dreams. Be There - A Virtual Wedding Experience - is a way for our clients to bring friends and family together, no matter what the circumstances. 

    We are providing a specialized and one-of-a-kind fully virtual celebration at this moment before it’s safe to gather. When we’re able to gather groups of people, be it 10 or maybe all the way up to 50, this service will become a tool for couples to include their loved ones who must stay at home. We can provide live streaming and full event experience for your stay-at-home guests alongside the select guests that came to celebrate in person. With small gatherings on the horizon for the unforeseeable future, we want to help our clients move forward because love doesn’t stop.Love is stronger.

    Reach out to us if you want to book Be There for your wedding. We are here for you!

    We are also thrilled to partner with industry colleagues offering unique opportunities to bring Be There to couples planning their weddings during this unusual time. Stay tuned for upcoming features on some of our industry’s most innovative leaders. These exciting options are a true solution for couples and we can’t wait to share more!

  • Oya and Nick's Chicago City Hall Elopment

    There seems to be a theme happening in 2020...couple's are still going through with the a small wedding while postponing the larger celebration to a safer time in 2021). Oya and Nick originally planned a June 2020 wedding at the Ivy Room in Chicago, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans. They still chose to get married on their original wedding date with an intimate justice of the peace ceremony at Chicago's City Hall. They asked us to commemorate the special day with a wedding day couple's photo session at the University of Chicago's iconic and beautiful campus. And it turns out an abandoned college campus was the perfect place for a socially distanced photo session! Here are a few of our favorites. Oya and Nick, we can't wait to celebrate again with you next year!

    C+A Photographer: Hadassah

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