Meant to Be—A Romantic Vineyard Wedding During COVID-19 Mobile Image

Meant to Be—A Romantic Vineyard Wedding During COVID-19

December 01, 2020

When Britanee went to her co-worker's Halloween party, she had no idea that she was about to meet the love of her life. 


"There was an [instant] connection as soon as Amanda and I met; we hung out all night! She [then] asked to take me to dinner, and a few days later we went on our first date."

And the rest was history.

Two brides standing together in vineyard on wedding day



A little over a year later, Amanda was prepared to get down on one knee and ask Britanee to be her wife.


“Amanda surprised me with a horse carriage ride through St. Augustine during their Nights of Light where the entire downtown is decorated in Christmas decor. After that, we were walking around and [came upon] two people seated on a bench singing This Is It by Scotty McCreery—my favorite song! They were halfway through the song when Amanda got down on one knee and proposed to me. Little did I know, some of our friends were [even] hiding in the bushes there and film[ed] the entire proposal [as well as] had my mom on Facetime to watch it.”

A proposal that's totally worth gushing over.


From there, Amanda and Britanee set their wedding date for September 13, 2020, but panic began to set in when the COVID-19 pandemic was suddenly at the forefront of the news. They quickly realized that they were going to have to cancel their bachelorette parties and even reenvision their original wedding day dreams.


"Throwing a wedding during COVID-19 taught us that we just needed to go with the flow and expect the unexpected. We decided to stick with our original date because our venue was mainly outdoors, and we knew that we would have a smaller amount of people than the initial 75 on the guestlist. We also chose to provide masks and hand sanitizer to anyone who wanted to use it at our wedding. Ultimately, we knew that we wanted to still [get married], no matter what it looked like.”



Even though the wedding they ended up having looked a little different than their original idea, the ceremony was still magical. Britanee looked absolutely stunning in Martin Thornburg’s Iris—an ultra-flattering fit and flare wedding dress with delicate floral lace embroidery and plunging V-neckline.


“I knew that I wanted an open back dress. I tried on my wedding dress at Allure Bridal Boutique in Gainesville, FL, and I really loved the style and fit of it. After lunch, I went back to Allure and bought it!”


They tied the knot at the dreamy Kaya Vineyards in Dahlonega, Georgia—a venue set against the backdrop of idyllic mountains and spacious skies.


“Our guests were able to stay in cottages on the property which made it very fun and convenient to hang out with everyone.”




Britanee also wants to let other real brides know that she highly suggests having a first look before your wedding day begins!


“The most memorable part of my day was our first look. The day was so hectic and stressful at times, so [it meant a lot] that we were able to spend some time together to really soak it all in before we saw everyone else.”


The couple had their first dance to the same song that played when Amanda proposed to Britanee under the Christmas lights of St. Augustine’s downtown: Scotty McCreery’s This Is It.


Yeah, we’re not tearing up—you are.


Even though COVID-19 shook up their original wedding day plans, Amanda and Britanee found beauty in their intimate ceremony and ended up preferring it to their original arrangements.


“It doesn’t matter how many people are able to attend the wedding or what plans you have to change last minute because of COVID-19. All that matters is that you’re both there [to] celebrate your love together. At the end of the day, you won’t remember the small details!”



Congrats to this sweet couple!


Venue: Kaya Vineyards

Hair: Hannah Easterwood

Wedding Planner: Bethany Bradford

Music: Atlanta Wedding Band

Bridal Boutique: Allure Bridal

Amanda's Suit: Groomsman Suit

Cake and desserts: Confection Perfection in Marietta, Georgia

Flowers: Bohemian Blooms

Photographer: Hillary Leah Photography

Videographer: Zach Vaetch.