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"Before we were even engaged, I knew I would get married at Sacred Heart," says Coco Ellis Howe. "My parents were married in the same chapel and I'm a 5th generation Sacred Heart alum. We always wanted an intimate wedding, so we knew that the reception would be at my parent's home. It's where I grew up and where Jonathan proposed." The original date was in May, but the pandemic had other plans. After much thought, the couple decided to reschedule for September. "After dating for seven years, we were ready to start a home together and move on with our future. We knew this new date would be it, no matter what." The guest list was cut to a tenth of the size, Coco's three sisters dressed with her at home, and the reception was moved entirely outside. Family members were invited to attend the mass, wearing masks and spaced six feet apart. "We also sent a link to the entire ceremony for those who could not attend. We didn't want to put anyone at risk."

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Long before Covid, while on a long layover in London, Coco and her family (including dad) visited her favorite designer's salon where she fell in love with the first dress she tried on. The Phillipa Lepley gown fit her perfectly, needing no alterations, so home it came in her carry on luggage.

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For the wedding, Jonathan wore a watch gifted to him by his late grandmother and British antique coins as cufflinks given to him by his father that day. Floral design by Dunn and Sonnier provided a showstopper element not sidelined by Covid restrictions. And out of caution, the couple opted for their own Spotify playlist instead of a band. They danced their first dance to Ella Fitzgerald's Isn't It Romantic? And yes, Mr. and Mrs. Howe, it definitely is.

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This article appeared in the Bridal 2021 Issue of Adore Magazine.