Forever Starts Now
While concluding their studies in theater arts, Kaitlin Clabbers and Brandon Wetch played the roles of the world’s most famous literary couple in their senior production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. They had no idea how much these star-crossed lovers would become a part of their eventual wedding plans.
After graduating from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the former Romeo and Juliet married March 27th, 2020. Their wedding story was one of resilience and enduring friendship, amid the drama of an international pandemic.
Kaitlin and Brandon set their wedding date for May 2020 at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia. As state governments began to close venues and restaurants, the couple’s arrangements were postponed. With their wedding date in question and plans paused, Kaitlin and Brandon grew wary of the uncertainty. Nonetheless, they knew that no matter when they were getting married, they would undoubtedly need their marriage license.
At the courthouse, pen poised to sign and date their license, Brandon asked his fiancé, “Why not Friday?” – just three days away. Without hesitation, Kaitlin replied happily, “Sure!”
Frocks and Friendship
With the wedding only three days away, Kaitlin called her maid of honor Caitlin Fitzhugh, to share the news. Saving her original wedding gown for a later celebration, the bride-to-be was set to be married in a white sundress occupying the back of her closet. However, Caitlin had other plans for her friend, and decided to gift the bride a truly special dress.
“I know there’s something really special about feeling ‘like a bride’ on your wedding day and I wanted her to experience that,” said Caitlin. “I told her to browse ModCloth for whatever she wanted and I would cover it.”
Kaitlin selected the Gilded Grace Lace Dress. She completed her look with a pair of patent, neutral pumps. Brandon wore a crisp white button down shirt with black trousers, complete with suspenders and cognac oxfords.
Maid of Honor to the Rescue
As a loyal ModCloth customer, Caitlin consulted ModCloth for dresses for the bridal party. Caitlin and Brandon’s best gal, Cassidy Joy Watkinson wore the Sweet Sixties Babydoll Dress complete with billowing sleeves.
“I’ve been a longtime ModCloth fan and I’ve never had a bad order. I would have been nervous ordering from anywhere else on a Wednesday with the wedding on Friday,” said Caitlin. “The best part was that I knew I could count on the size chart, customer reviews, and the ModStylists for advice.”
Caitlin and Kaitlin met while attending a performing arts high school; Kaitlin’s focus was on acting, while Caitlin’s was musical theater. After graduating from college, Caitlin moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia while Kaitlin stayed in Virginia Beach. When Kaitlin changed her wedding plans, the friends were reunited to celebrate.
“I feel like she is a friend who proves time and time again that when you care for people it doesn’t matter how often you talk or how far away you are, you care for them and you find ways to love them,” said Kaitlin
Setting the Stage for a Memory
In preparation for her wedding day, Kaitlin decorated her backyard with lights, white fabric, ferns and potted plants. She added a few personal details paying tribute to Marco Island, Florida, a favorite family vacation destination for both Brandon and Kaitlin’s families.
“I even decorated the plants’ bases with seashells from Marco Island – the spot our families have been vacationing at separately since we were children (15 min away from each other) and [we] never knew,” said Kaitlin.
With flowers in hand, Kaitlin called her grandmother and mother before greeting her groom. The couple said their vows with family members videoing in to witness the ceremony.
“Especially in times like these where we’re isolated and feel more alone that ever – I’ve really come to value how important a community is,” said Kaitlin.
A Dance Worthy of a Shakespearean Sonnet
After they bid farewell to their virtual congregation, Brandon and Kaitlin shared their first dance under the halo of soft lights to Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley. When they played Romeo and Juliet in their school’s production, this is the same song they danced to when the two star-crossed lovers first meet during the play’s iconic party scene.
Now that they are married, Mr. and Mrs. Wetch hope to move to the West Coast.
“But for now, we’re content just being together and taking care of each other.”