Keeping you safe during the Covid19 pandemic! 

It has been such a disappointment to many couples who made plans to get married this year. All those plans now had to be changed. It hasn't been easy. And there is no guarantee that next spring or summer will see us out of the woods for this pandemic! If you still would like to be married you can choose Weddings With a Heart to give you a wonderful and romantic ceremony and beautiful photos with safe and sensible procedures. We are elopement and small wedding specialists located in Newport RI. We have been officiating and photographing small weddings for 20 years. Many couples are still choosing to have a small intimate wedding or elopement with just them and 2 witnesses and having their original plans in the future or maybe save their money and have a big party later. 

 

Rhode Island is now in a modified phase 3 of reopening. here is the link for the state wedding guidance ... and here is a link for banned or restricted states with a high infection rate.

 

The number excludes the officiant and the photographer. We either need to be spaced 6 ft apart or be wearing a mask. Our officiant and photographer will stay 6 ft or more away from the couple and guests, which means the couple can be without masks during the ceremony and the photography afterwards.  We have great lenses that can zoom in on you from a distance. 

 

At this time we will only be offering outside services. Actually that is mostly all we do anyway. If you look at our photography you will see that probably at least 90% of our weddings have occurred outside over the years. Outdoors is safer with the virus as well.

 

But what about weddings over the cold months? Unfortunately, we are not going indoors for photography, and while officiant only services may be available, if the ceremony space and the number of guests will not safely work for distancing, we will not be offering our officiant services for your wedding. But here is another way to look at it.. it's an adventure! We have had brides wear vintage fur coats with long johns under their gown, grooms with a suit or tuxedo and every orange hunters item they can find over their wedding attire: orange flappy eared hats, orange vests, gloves, ect! Wrap up in colorful blankets! Outrageous fuzzy earmuffs... animal themed mittens... get creative and have a story to tell your kids about your winter or snow day wedding during the great pandemic of 2020/21! We will keep the ceremony mercifully short and with a quick photo session during and after. Even better if you bring along hot chocolate, warm brownies or muffins, or hot toddies for during or afterwards! 

 

FAQ re the restrictions

 

What if it rains? If the couple is flexible we usually work around the rain, by keeping a close eye on the weather and changing the time or the date. We are very flexible. With small weddings it is easy to make some last minute changes due to weather.  If a couple cannot make changes, we will have a wedding with umbrellas.

 

When will RI allow larger groups? While we do not know the details yet, we don't look to have larger weddings until there is a vaccine and we are past this pandemic.

 

Are restaurants open?  Yes restaurants may open but with some restrictions. There are fewer people allowed to go into a restaurant. Tables are 8 feet apart. And guests will have to wear a mask when not seated. The menus will be disposable or you will read from your phone.

 

Are hotels and B&B's open. Yes there are many that are open. 

 

How will we know where to meet and what to do?  We will be talking with you on the phone anytime you would like and also the day before your ceremony. We will go over all the details.

Do we have to wear masks or face coverings? Yes! At least for when we meet up and view your marriage license, but once we are in place and configured for your actual ceremony with safe distancing, masks can be removed, but guests must stay in place and not wonder around or near the officiant and photographer. Masks are required for your witnesses for sure to sign your license. While you all may know each other, we don't know you and we are not looking to risk your health or ours. If you or your guests think this is all a hoax or an overblown conspiracy, please find other vendors for your wedding!

What about town or city halls to get our marriage license? If you are RI residents, your license can be had from your city clerk, but there are restrictions and requirements in place, so contact them right away as there may be time delays if business must be done mostly by email instead of in person, and appointments are most likely required. Our officiant mails licenses back to the appropriate city hall immediately after your ceremony, or will return in person to local city or town hall drop boxes (Newport/Middletown/Portsmouth/Jamestown). You may also return your license to your city hall yourselves if you like. 

Corona Virus funny tweets

I now understand why retired people eat dinner so early.

Me in 2019: If I could just have like a week with nothing to do and nowhere to go I could finally get this house clean and organized.

Me now: Nope, that wasn't the problem....

QUARANTINE SELF-DISCOVERY: I am still regularly late to things even when they don't involve traveling any physical distance

ME, 10: I want everyone to like me

ME, 20: I hope most people like me

ME, 30: I'm leaving society to go live with a family of raccoons in the forest & don't care how anyone feels about it

 

I’m really afraid I’m going to learn something about myself during this

Emails now be like: I hope you are staying safe, sheltered in place, stocked with toilet paper, and healthy during these absolutely unprecedented, wild, chaotic, terrifying times. Just wanted to follow up-

Day 3 in quarantine. My mom made me check my 11 year old brother’s search history. He has searched “how tall is goofy” and “why do Mormons have so many trampolines.” For his sake, I almost wish I found something bad

 

really glad that one month ago, I chose a neutral nail color

Day 1: This'll be fantastic. I get to stay inside and eat toast on a paper towel.
Day 8: Engages in conversation with a lamp.

 

pre-isolation: ah there's a bug in here kill it!!!

now: hello Kendra the bug welcome to our home may we interest you in a glass of wine?

 

i want to check on my extroverted friends but i'm afraid they will want to talk to me

 

fighting every urge in my body telling me to eat a second lunch

 

One thing I’ve learned so far in quarantine is that my husband refuses to microwave anything for 45 seconds, he always does 44. When I asked him why, he said, “For Obama.”

during isolation it’s important to have a variety of activities. Sometimes I read twitter on my phone; other times, my laptop. It’s all about balance.

What is a "weekend"?

s/o to all the genuine introverts who still aren't showing up even when all the social engagements have moved online

CDC: please don’t touch your face

Me: what if I get something in my eye

CDC: just try not—

Me: or like, a bad itch on my cheek

CDC: then wash yo—

Me: THIS IS TOO HARD, I CAN’T DO IT

CDC: *facepalm*

Me: SEE YOU CAN’T DO IT EITHER

Somehow "don't touch your face" to me turned into "you can only touch your face at home where all the bacteria that can be found is like family and def not corona virus"

 

CDC: don’t touch your face

My face: Your nose itches. You have an eyebrow out of place. Your cheek itches. You have a sharp booger. Your eye itches. Now your nose itches again

**Behaves normally**

**reads you shouldn't touch your face because of the Coronavirus***

**SPENDS THE REST OF THE DAY WITH ONE HAND IN MY MOUTH AND THE OTHER IN MY EYE OH MY GOD HAVE I ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS?!?**

But, if I don’t touch my face who is going to?

When this is all over I’m gonna touch my face so fucking much

 

Friend texts and asks ‘how’s your coronavirus experience going’? Recounts how his 4 year old went to school and told the class ‘my mommy has coronavirus’ which wasn’t true. Principal called. School is now shut. Kids, dude.

wow.. bars, clubs, and gyms all closed?? my life is about to seriously be exactly the same

WORK FROM HOME TIPS:

Have a routine. Shower/dress like normal. Keep a dedicated workspace. Fill a briefcase with sausages & carry it at all times. Stick to usual work hours. NEVER let raccoons trick you into trusting them with the beefcase: they dont have your interests at heart

GOING OUT TO BARS:
• dangerous
• are you out of your mind

SECLUDING YOURSELF AT HOME IN A TATTERED WEDDING DRESS PLOTTING REVENGE ON ALL MEN:
• weirdly hot
• no one gets infected
• he will live to regret the day he broke your heart

Sometimes I’ll just be living my ordinary, irrelevant life and out of nowhere I’ll remember that Priyanka Chopra referred to Pitbull as “Pardesi Babu” on her single “Exotic” and life loses all sense and meaning for those three seconds

How long before the JK Rowling tweet telling us Dobby had Coronavirus this whole time

can we all just agree to gain 15 pounds. that way none of us have to feel weird about it

QUARANTINE DIARY

Day 1: I have stocked up on enough non-perishable food and supplies to last me for months, maybe years, so that I can remain in isolation for as long as it takes to see out this pandemic

Day 1 + 45 minutes: I am in the supermarket because I wanted a Twix

The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.

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