Last year, as we were putting the final touches on the Coast Monthly Bridal Issue, life was being fundamentally altered, and weddings, as we knew them, were coming to a screeching halt.
Some couples canceled or delayed their nuptials, while others made their big days considerably smaller. In the spirit of social distancing, many couples went virtual, inviting friends and family to watch them exchange vows on digital screens.
The delays and rescheduling left the industry at the altar in the early days of the pandemic. But love always finds a way and so did brides and grooms, planners, florists and all the supporting players who work to make wedding dreams come true on the upper Texas coast.
Some found a silver lining, learning there was beauty in smaller, more intimate weddings.
But this is Texas, where big is, well, big. Couples still love to celebrate and share their big days with loved ones at big bashes and often with barbecue. Texans are huggers and two-steppers and those cultural mores are lost in virtual venues.
As we planned this issue, life was dramatically different than a year ago. Island wedding planners and venues were seeing strong demand. “More normal,” was the way one wedding industry vendor put it.
Social distancing might still be with us in the months ahead, but the days of Zoom and gloom appear — knock on wood — to be in the rearview mirror.
Of course, as we’ve all learned, life is unpredictable. Still, weddings are symbols of hope and bright futures and that’s what we have today. We wish everyone happy, joyful weddings no matter how big or small.
Coast Bridal Editor
Creative Director/Design Editor
The Coast Bridal team would like to extend its sincerest thanks to Connie DeRome of the Galveston Bridal Group for providing the exquisite gown and bouquet of quicksand roses for our cover shoot at The Barn at Willowynn in Santa Fe.
We’d also like to thank Holly Barker, venue director at The Barn at Willowynn, for opening the farmhouse to us just days after a winter storm knocked out power across much of the state.
Also deserving of thanks is our stunning model, Kenzie Gonzales, who is a hair stylist and makeup artist at Total Technique Salon in Texas City. Gonzales styled her own makeup for the shoot but left the hair styling to colleague and Coast Monthly hairstylist extraordinaire Rebecca Rivera.
Finally, we extend a special thanks to photographer Ryan R. Jones for the use of his beautiful images of weddings on the upper Texas coast.