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COVID-19 DANCE FLOORS

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Pella, IA

December 9th, 2020

COVID-19 DANCE FLOORS

Walking through Tamory Hall for the first time, we knew we needed to create a shoot in their space. It just so happened in the next few weeks we had two vendors reach out wanting to collaborate on a design at Tamory Hall! From there, all the details started falling into place. My design goal for this project was to create a modern and urban event. I wanted to create the dancing vibe from table to dance floor, so I incorporated flower vases inspired to look like disco balls and iridescent champagne flutes. A lot of times wedding designs can begin to look the same (all beautiful of course), but with this shoot I wanted to stretch my horizons with design. Using a darker color palette and architecturally interesting pieces helped me achieve my goal. For the shoot date, we originally had it on the books for April 2020, but as we all know COVID hit in March. With safety and best outcome in mind, we made the decision to postpone the shoot until we could all meet safely while bringing our best game to the table. As wedding planners, COVID brought a whole new level of planning and coordinating. One part of the industry taking a large hit was wedding dances and music. How would it be possible to social distance AND throw an awesome dance party? If you are like me, I LOVE to dance, but my level of confidence in my dance moves peaks when I am in a crowd of people. The idea of having to boldly bust a move while six feet apart did not sound appealing to me. I wanted a balance of safely getting groovy while not giving a personal recital to those around me. My brain started whirling with the idea of only doing line dances, but we ran into the issue of still not everyone knowing the moves in order to participate. We needed awesome music paired with easy to learn in the moment dance moves. Then it hit us - JUST DANCE! JUST DANCE pairs simple dance moves with awesome music. It plays easily on a screen and over a sound system. A DJ could even coordinate their own mixes to the dance moves!! At Tamory Hall, there are multiple TVs available for use at any event. Most venues have this option because they host private events and corporate events. By having each TV playing JUST DANCE, guests can jam out, follow the dance moves, or make up their own while social distancing. Just because COVID impacted your wedding day doesn’t mean you have to give up on your initial plan. COVID just forced us to become more creative and tap into our ability to adapt as humans. Collaborators: Venue - Tamory Hall Photography - Justin Meyer Design & Coordination - Elizabeth for MostlyBecky Florals - Emily Weaver for CamBam Floral Desserts - Whitney Leighton for Little Blackbird Bakery Calligraphy - Anna Bowser with Scripted by Anna Decor Rentals - Borrow My Vintage Dance Floor Rentals - Pella Rental Hair & Makeup - Maggie Sturgis Skin Care - Amy for Emberglow Tanning Bridal Accessories - Lexi for Indiecords Co. Linen - BBJ Linen Menswear - Dakota at Skeffington’s Formalwear Bridalwear - Asos Curve Party Favors - VanVeen Chocolates Hand Sanitizer - Foundry Distilling Company

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