COVID-19 Updates from Your Wedding Photographer, Alicia Yarrish

COVID Updates from Your Houston Wedding Photographer

June 29, 2020

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COVID Updates from Your Houston Wedding Photographer

June 29, 2020

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Houston Weddings and COVID-19 | Bride and Groom Portrait | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Life looks a lot different lately. New precautions on event sizes, allowed and not allowed activities, trying to stay safe and healthy- and keeping our families healthy too. There’s new data coming out every day about the virus and lots of it is contradictory in nature. It’s hard to know how to proceed and what to do (and not to do) in the current ‘COVID climate’. Here is a little more on how Houston weddings are being affected. And how I am navigating the situation.

I recently wrote an article, “COVID-19 & Your Houston Wedding Planning“. All of that information is true and up to date! I highly recommend reading it! I won’t repeat myself in this article so please go back and reference it if your wedding planning amidst the coronavirus.

Houston Microweddings

I am seeing a surge in microweddings in the Houston area! Which is great for the couples that don’t want to postpone and would rather get married now with their closest family and friends. There are two approaches to these weddings. The first being a full day as planned with a smaller guest count, your closest friends, and family. The second option I am seeing is to host a ceremony only with a shortened reception to include dinner and a few integral toasts.

Either option is great and a safe option this Summer if safety precautions are followed. Many are anticipating Fall weddings in Houston to be back to normal. However, if a microwedding is more your speed- plan away!

Another trend is to host a shorter day, Microwedding then invite your full guest list for a grand event the following year.

Wedding in Houston during COVID-19 | Catholic Wedding Ceremony | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Full Houston Weddings

It seems strange to be categorizing types of wedding days. Previously a wedding day was a wedding day. However now with masking mandates, hand washing protocols, and social distancing guidelines weddings could potentially look a lot different in the immediate future.

If you are set on proceeding with your full wedding day as planned this Spring or Summer know that it is completely possible! However, be flexible in what to expect as far as new policies go by your church or venue. Churches following Texas state law will be required to block off every other row and encouraging guests not in the same household to space out 6 feet from one another. Lawful venues will be capping seating at a table to 6 and having tables much more spaced apart.

Prepare yourself for the possibility of your guests feeling more comfortable wearing a mask. Guests may also choose to leave after the reception or when the open dance begins. And of course, the biggest factor to most couples- there is a big possibility that your R.S.V.P’s will change dramatically. Your guests might be elderly, have tiny babies, have underlying conditions, need to care for someone that is at risk, etc. There are so many reasons why a guest might not feel comfortable attending a large event at the moment.

My Recent Experience with Houston Weddings

I have photographed weddings recently with original guest counts of 250+ that dropped down to around 150. And it was still a great celebration. People are generally respectful of others. Most only closely interacted with other guests they felt were comfortable with it as well. And it’s been over two weeks and brides have confirmed that no one from their guest list caught any virus! I hope that is an encouragement! You can absolutely follow laws and safety protocols, have a meaningful day, and a great party!

I have had the privilege of second shooting for several colleagues as well as photographing Brian and Madeleine’s wedding at the Bell Tower on 34th.

What Alicia Yarrish Photography is Doing

Me and my team are taking precautions on all wedding days, and leading up to wedding days. We’re very serious about saying “we’ve done everything we possibly could to stay safe for your wedding.” This is especially true for wedding days that happened very recently as well as upcoming weddings. No matter your views on the mandates and the pandemic in general the facts are that cases in Harris County are rising. Due to that, we must take precautions to not bring the coronavirus to your big day. Also to ensure we stay healthy to be able to photograph it!

Reserving Your Houston Wedding Photography

I have had several Summer and Fall dates open up due to rescheduled weddings. If you’re planning a wedding for 2020 do not hesitate to reach out and inquire if your date is available!

2021 is filling up quickly! Spring 2020 couples were forced to reschedule, most to Spring 2021, leaving 2021 with less dates than would normally be available this far out. If you’re planning a 2021 Spring or Summer wedding it is imperative to start reaching out to your vendors so you can reserve your dream team!

After reserving your day with AYP you’ll get your Welcome Celebration Box and then it’s time to plan out your engagement session! I don’t recommend a Houston Summer engagement session, however, I am photographing them if you’re on a time crunch or just love the 90-degree weather.

The Future of Houston Lifestyle Sessions

Currently, I am still accepting lifestyle clients with exceptions. I am not offering in-home lifestyle newborn sessions at this time. This hurts my heart because I love those sessions so much! Maternity sessions, family sessions, and anniversary sessions are still on as scheduled!

Secure your Houston Wedding Photography

Ready to take the next step? Let’s chat about your date!


Houston Weddings and COVID-19 | Bride and Groom Portrait | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Life looks a lot different lately. New precautions on event sizes, allowed and not allowed activities, trying to stay safe and healthy- and keeping our families healthy too. There’s new data coming out every day about the virus and lots of it is contradictory in nature. It’s hard to know how to proceed and what to do (and not to do) in the current ‘COVID climate’. Here is a little more on how Houston weddings are being affected. And how I am navigating the situation.

I recently wrote an article, “COVID-19 & Your Houston Wedding Planning“. All of that information is true and up to date! I highly recommend reading it! I won’t repeat myself in this article so please go back and reference it if your wedding planning amidst the coronavirus.

Houston Microweddings

I am seeing a surge in microweddings in the Houston area! Which is great for the couples that don’t want to postpone and would rather get married now with their closest family and friends. There are two approaches to these weddings. The first being a full day as planned with a smaller guest count, your closest friends, and family. The second option I am seeing is to host a ceremony only with a shortened reception to include dinner and a few integral toasts.

Either option is great and a safe option this Summer if safety precautions are followed. Many are anticipating Fall weddings in Houston to be back to normal. However, if a microwedding is more your speed- plan away!

Another trend is to host a shorter day, Microwedding then invite your full guest list for a grand event the following year.

Wedding in Houston during COVID-19 | Catholic Wedding Ceremony | Alicia Yarrish Photography

Full Houston Weddings

It seems strange to be categorizing types of wedding days. Previously a wedding day was a wedding day. However now with masking mandates, hand washing protocols, and social distancing guidelines weddings could potentially look a lot different in the immediate future.

If you are set on proceeding with your full wedding day as planned this Spring or Summer know that it is completely possible! However, be flexible in what to expect as far as new policies go by your church or venue. Churches following Texas state law will be required to block off every other row and encouraging guests not in the same household to space out 6 feet from one another. Lawful venues will be capping seating at a table to 6 and having tables much more spaced apart.

Prepare yourself for the possibility of your guests feeling more comfortable wearing a mask. Guests may also choose to leave after the reception or when the open dance begins. And of course, the biggest factor to most couples- there is a big possibility that your R.S.V.P’s will change dramatically. Your guests might be elderly, have tiny babies, have underlying conditions, need to care for someone that is at risk, etc. There are so many reasons why a guest might not feel comfortable attending a large event at the moment.

My Recent Experience with Houston Weddings

I have photographed weddings recently with original guest counts of 250+ that dropped down to around 150. And it was still a great celebration. People are generally respectful of others. Most only closely interacted with other guests they felt were comfortable with it as well. And it’s been over two weeks and brides have confirmed that no one from their guest list caught any virus! I hope that is an encouragement! You can absolutely follow laws and safety protocols, have a meaningful day, and a great party!

I have had the privilege of second shooting for several colleagues as well as photographing Brian and Madeleine’s wedding at the Bell Tower on 34th.

What Alicia Yarrish Photography is Doing

Me and my team are taking precautions on all wedding days, and leading up to wedding days. We’re very serious about saying “we’ve done everything we possibly could to stay safe for your wedding.” This is especially true for wedding days that happened very recently as well as upcoming weddings. No matter your views on the mandates and the pandemic in general the facts are that cases in Harris County are rising. Due to that, we must take precautions to not bring the coronavirus to your big day. Also to ensure we stay healthy to be able to photograph it!

Reserving Your Houston Wedding Photography

I have had several Summer and Fall dates open up due to rescheduled weddings. If you’re planning a wedding for 2020 do not hesitate to reach out and inquire if your date is available!

2021 is filling up quickly! Spring 2020 couples were forced to reschedule, most to Spring 2021, leaving 2021 with less dates than would normally be available this far out. If you’re planning a 2021 Spring or Summer wedding it is imperative to start reaching out to your vendors so you can reserve your dream team!

After reserving your day with AYP you’ll get your Welcome Celebration Box and then it’s time to plan out your engagement session! I don’t recommend a Houston Summer engagement session, however, I am photographing them if you’re on a time crunch or just love the 90-degree weather.

The Future of Houston Lifestyle Sessions

Currently, I am still accepting lifestyle clients with exceptions. I am not offering in-home lifestyle newborn sessions at this time. This hurts my heart because I love those sessions so much! Maternity sessions, family sessions, and anniversary sessions are still on as scheduled!

Secure your Houston Wedding Photography

Ready to take the next step? Let’s chat about your date!


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