This Bride's Beauty Prep For Her Zoom Wedding Looked a Little Different Due to COVID-19
When Ashley Yuki and Tim Alexander met through a mutual friend three years ago, they couldn't have ever guessed that same friend would act as a virtual officiant for their Zoom wedding on April 4, 2020. The couple got engaged in May 2019 and immediately started planning their wedding — the nonvirtual version, that is. They had decided on a beautiful location in Palm Springs, a happy medium for both wedding parties, and had every last detail set.
"We were really looking forward to just getting everybody in a place that we loved for the weekend and celebrate," the groom told POPSUGAR. "We had it all planned — a perfect dream wedding." Then, an unprecedented circumstance occurred: COVID-19 flipped their plans completely upside-down. "March is when I think things started to start feeling more serious with COVID-19 in the States," Yuki said. "That's when we started to question whether or not we'd have to adjust our wedding plans. The first two weeks of March felt like a year. It was so uncertain."
They made the decision to postpone the formal celebration until next year and notified their guests 30 minutes before the CDC issued the guidance restricting events of more than 50 people. The idea for a Zoom wedding came later.
"We didn't actually make a decision about April 4 until about a week ago," Yuki said. "We really struggled with whether or not it was even appropriate to be celebrating anything. But we really wanted to get married. We didn't want to wait a year." The idea for a virtual ceremony came into their minds naturally, "but it seemed kind of crazy," she said. Only a few days before April 4, they got serious about the idea.