Written by Diana Lustig

I’m not blowing anybody’s mind by saying that this pandemic is a bummer. Beyond the little inconveniences—like forgetting your mask on the way to get groceries, Zoom call burnout or spending big bucks on delivery meals—many people are putting off their wedding days until COVID-19 passes.


While every couple must make their own decisions about what they want their special day to be like, we’re of the opinion that there’s no time like the present to get married.


When my grandmother passed away, it absolutely shattered me emotionally. But in that haze of sadness and loss, one thing was rang clear—immediacy matters. I sat sobbing in my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) arms, saying that I didn’t want to wait anymore. That I always thought I had more time. And even though we always wanted a small ceremony or elopement, I figured that she’d be there. Little did I know that he was saving money to buy an engagement ring at that very moment.


While my crisis moment was very personal, the entire world is sharing in a global pandemic predicament. But that’s not to say that we aren’t all experiencing it and responding to it in our own ways. I have close friends who got married in mid-February and couldn’t be happier knowing that they just made the cutoff for a global pandemic, others who are putting off their ceremonies until things get back to normal, and other couples who are seizing the moment to elope rather than wait any longer.


These eager couples just want to be married to that special someone and understand that they can throw a party whenever this cloud of sickness lifts. I can’t help but admire this romantic urgency—the idea that you can’t stand one more minute not being married to your significant other.


Yes, I’ll say it again—every couple must do what is right for themselves. But I can’t imagine nothing more romantic, more immediate, more headstrong than saying, “Pandemic be damned, I’ll marry you right now.”


So, find a beach, head to the courthouse or drive into the wilderness to dedicate your love to one another. There is no time like the present. Love lasts, but it doesn’t wait.


And if you need a photographer to shoot your wedding or elopement, reach out to Diana at Love and Latitudes. We’d love to capture your wedding, your way.

A newly married couple embraces on their elopement wedding day in Mendocino, California.
Black and white wedding elopemen photo from Mendocino, California.
Lot's of love and joy from this Mendocino, California wedding elopement.
The sun shines on this newly wed couple from in Mendocino, California.
Such a happy day for an elopement in Northern California.
A newly married couple walks together on their elopement wedding day in Northern California.
A newly married couple walks together on their elopement wedding day in Northern California.
A newly married couple walks together on their elopement wedding day in Northern California.
A newly married couple walks together on their elopement wedding day in Northern California.
Dancing on the beach after an elopement near Fort Bragg.