Peyton and Jonathan's original wedding date was planned to be September 6th 2020 on the brides grandmother's land in northern Pennsylvania. However, early on in the pandemic the couple knew they would not feel comfortable holding a larger celebration this year, putting their friends and family members at risk. As a result they decided to hold an intimate ceremony and dinner with their immediate families in June.
Jon and Peyton met in high school through their cross country running team. They began dating when they were sixteen and currently reside in Richmond, Virginia, where Peyton is a photographer and Jon is pursuing a career in accounting. The couple love to go on picnics, travel, watch movies, run, cook, and create together. Documentation of both of big ventures and day-to-day life over the years has also been really important to their relationship. "You can always find some sort of film camera, disposable, or Polaroid (most likely all three) on us. We have boxes and books of hundreds of Polaroids from our entire relationship, which has been incredibly special to look back on. Because of this we thought it would be really sweet to have our families involved with photos and documentation, so we scattered out a few disposable cameras and my dads vintage polaroids to shoot with as they pleased, from their point of view." Photographer Kaytee Lauren also documented Peyton and Jonathan's day beautifully.
The whole celebration took place at Jonathan’s childhood home in Virginia, where the couple met and spent much of their early days together, 8 years ago. There were 18 guests total - and 4 beautiful dogs! "My mother and sisters helped me get ready and our dads officiated the ceremony together. A lot of our details came from our families, which made our day feel very personable and meaningful." Peyton's wedding band is a family heirloom and is engraved with her grandmother's initials and wedding date from 1937. The couple had their family members bring chairs from home and they used a lot of vintage dinnerware and serving dishes from both their families personal collections. All the details were thoughtfully brought together by Sabrina Allison Design.
Peyton and Jonathan had a taco bar catered from their favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant Soup & Taco, where they used to go on many dates together. Peyton's grandmother sadly couldn’t make the celebration, but they had two of her homemade pies as a part of the dessert table, along with a cherry almond cake that the bride baked herself the night before. The bride also calligraphed the place setting cards and dessert labels.