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A Backyard Wedding in West Lafayette, Indiana

We all know that couples have had to make some difficult choices when it comes to their wedding. Planning had to start again OR they had to decide to cut it majorly. Like this couple did! They decided to get married anyway in their family’s backyard! This beautiful and laidback Lafayette wedding was nothing short of amazing!

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Why did they choose not to postpone due to Covid & Have a Laidback Backyard Wedding!?

Between travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders, the coronavirus has affected countless 2020 brides and grooms. But, not wanting to wait any longer to become husband and wife. Andrew and Joannah decided to keep their original wedding date. Deciding to alter their plans, and enjoy an intimate, backyard wedding in West Lafayette, Indiana!

After the coronavirus affected their original plans, Andrew & Joannah decided to get married in their pastors’ backyard.

“Crazy” doesn’t even begin to describe 2020 for Andrew and Joannah! You see, this darling couple met through Connection Point Church and Purdue. And after finishing grad school and getting engaged. Joannah needed to go back to India for her visa. (This was also in the midst of Andrew finishing grad school and getting a job offer in San Antonio. See! Crazy!)

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About the couple:

So, for about a year, Andrew and Joannah did long-distance and planned their Indiana wedding while Joanna was afar. (They’ve been working with Crista Tharp of Blissfully Simple Events, who is incredible, to relieve wedding planning stress.)

When Joannah’s visa was settled and she was approved to return to the United States. The coronavirus was beginning to sweep the world. Thankfully, Joannah was able to make one of the very last flights out of India before the country suspended travel. Andrew and Joannah were so thankful that they could be together. But they quickly realized that there was no way that Joannah’s family. Those who all live in India would be able to travel to the states for Andrew and Joannah’s June 5 wedding.

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Not wanting to wait to get married!

Andrew and Joannah decided to get married on their originally scheduled date. And postpone their big wedding celebration until their one-year wedding anniversary. So they can celebrate their marriage with family and friends in 2021!

For their June 5, 2020 wedding, Andrew and Joannah considered doing a small courthouse wedding. However, when their pastors. Yes, that’s plural! Zach and Shellie Maddox are husband and wife and both serve as pastors at Connection Point Church in West Lafayette. Offered to let Andrew and Joannah do their ceremony in their gorgeous backyard. Andrew and Joannah couldn’t say no to that!

So, Andrew and Joannah worked together to create a beautiful ceremony space. All in Zach and Shellie’s backyard invited Deann and Mick Dalton. Who has essentially become Joannah’s US parents! And worked with Toast Wedding Films to set up remote viewing for their friends and family who couldn’t be with them.

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It was a truly wonderful day and a beautiful testament to the fact that marriage is more important than a wedding.

After their ceremony, Andrew and Joannah enjoyed cake and a toast with their guests and then allowed Alejandro of Toast Wedding Films (their videographer) and I to take them to Purdue for a few “just married” shots!

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