Long Distance Love

Love conquers all is a phrase that rings true to Karen and Jessica’s love story. Living states apart, in the throes of a global pandemic, the two tied-the-knot in Charleston, North Carolina while visiting the city. Karen and Jessica reflect on the day of their union, looking to the future with a fresh start together.

Karen and Jessica fell head-over-heels in love when they met on Instagram, Karen living in Louisiana, and Jessica in Tennessee. There was little that would stand in their way to be together. So, they headed to Birmingham, Alabama where they enjoyed a three day date enjoying local fare.

Forever Starts Now

Originally planning to tie the knot in Fall 2020, the couple faced roadblocks in their plans as the pandemic closed in on the day of their nuptials. Two weeks before setting off for a vacation in Charleston, North Carolina, they decided to make it official while vacationing. Their secret elopement was full of personal touches that was quintessential to their life together. “Making everything personal was really important to us. Since there were so few details to worry about, we were able to make everything special,” says Jessica.

Karen made their flower crowns, while Jessica crafted their bouquets from plants from their yard. Jessica even wore her grandmother’s opal ring. “It was all perfect and totally us,” says Jessica.

Aisle Style

When it came time to plan their wedding day attire, Karen and Jessica turned to ModCloth to incorporate their love for vintage-inspired fashion to their special day. “I’m a huge fan of vintage and vintage-inspired fashion but with such a quick turnaround, searching endlessly for the perfect vintage dress was just not in the cards. But ModCloth saved the day! I wasn’t looking for something traditional and there were so many options. It was hard to narrow it down - a good problem to have,” says Jessica.

Originally thinking she would wear a suit, Karen selected a white jumpsuit as an easy breezy alternative, sure to keep her cool in the hot, North Carolina weather. To make her look all her own, Karen made an embroidered duster to pair with her jumpsuit. “I’m a hobby sewist and had seen a similar duster online that I loved, so I found a pattern, the perfect fabric, and made it myself. It turned out perfectly and I had the pride of creating it,” says Karen.

Happily Ever After

When each flower crown was in place and each bride was dressed in her wedding day attire, the couple set out to declare their love for one another with only a few passersby to witness the moment. “There were strangers who stopped to watch us get married, and we met our officiant and photographer the day of the wedding, but no one in our actual lives knew we got married until the next day, so for this one perfect day it felt like it was just me & Jessica. It was a really magical experience,” says Karen

Following their wedding day, Karen and Jessica made their home in New Orleans, Louisiana where the two plan to become active in their vibrant local community. While settling down in an urban setting, Jessica and Karen have plans to bring the countryside to their everyday lives, raising chickens and hatching ducklings. “It’s a fun, safe adventure in the middle of a pandemic,” says Jessica.