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Nancy & Josh’s Intimate Boxwood Wedding | Maggie Mills Photography | NC Wedding Photographer

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Nancy & Josh tied the knot last Thursday at a small and intimate ceremony at Boxwood Estate! As the coronavirus crisis creeped closer in, they made the difficult choice of putting off their big April wedding and opted instead for a sweet ceremony at their wedding venue! It wasn’t the day they had imagined, but it makes for a great story of how they became Mr. & Mrs.Sparks!

Like all couples planning their weddings for spring of 2020, the past 3 weeks have been a nightmare. No one would have ever expected that everything would be put on hold as we experience the worst pandemic in our lifetime. It’s unprecedented! But Nancy and Josh have remained committed to each other and to their marriage through all of this.

As we watched as further restrictions were placed on events, gatherings, and everyday life, the plan was still to have a smaller ceremony on April 4th. That was until Clemmons, where we all live, announced a stay-at-home order in place starting last Friday until mid-April. There it was, the news we feared. So when Nancy texted me asking if I could come and photograph their small wedding ceremony the day before the order took effect, I was all in!

The venue allowed them to use the original ceremony space, the florist created a stunning piece of art with locally sourced flowers, and the planner bought a dozen cupcakes from a local bakery!

With just parents and siblings there, (plus their new puppy, Tilly!!) Nancy & Josh stood under the pergola and promised forever to each other. It had been such a journey getting to this moment, but here they were, finally getting married! One benefit of a smaller ceremony vs a big one is that the pastor invited the family to surround them and pray over them. It was so special to see the joining and uniting of families in that moment! Nothing else mattered then. It was just two families becoming one as Josh and Nancy became husband and wife. We all knew how long they had been waiting for that moment, they were high school sweethearts after all! So when the pastor announced that they were husband and wife, everyone cheered and her mom yelled “finally!”

Joyous. That’s what I wanted Nancy’s wedding day to be for her. I was afraid that all of the chaos surrounding would distract from the joy of it all. But on that beautiful day in March, joy was all around! They popped champagne and toasted from plastic champagne flutes, and ate giant vanilla cupcakes. Not exactly the big fancy wedding they had planned, but it was perfectly joyous nonetheless! Congratulations to the happy couple, you officially have the coolest wedding story ever!


Venue: Boxwood Estate

Flowers: Rhonda Hicks Floral Design

Planner: Detailed Event Planning