We don't mean to sound like a broken record, but 2020 was... rough. But we can't keep focusing on what made the year challenging. It's important to recognize the magical moments too — and one of those was the wedding of Atlanta dads Terrance and Chase.
Terrance and Chase met back in the summer of 2016. "We met on the dating app Plenty of Fish," shared Terrance. "Our connection came due to truly getting to know each other, first online and then through thoughtful dates."
Terrance proposed to Chase in their home on Valentine’s Day of last year. When Chase arrived home with their son, Nylen, they walked into the kitchen and there were rose petals placed in a heart around two rings.
"Our son was so happy for us and started yelling 'My dads are getting married!'”
Initially the wedding was planned for May but due to the pandemic, the couple decided to move it to September 6, 2020 so they could put in place the necessary safety steps for their guests and those involved in their wedding.
At an outdoor wedding on the beautiful grounds of Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, family and close friends gathered to celebrate Chase and Terrance. Nylen began the wedding as their bell ringer, proclaiming to all "My dads are getting married!" The two fathers read their vows to one another, and then they read their vows to Nylen, too, focusing on how they would always be a family.
Chase and Terrance's highlights of the day were seeing their family welcome them as they began the ceremony, as well as Nylen's presence and role within the wedding party, and the joy in everyone's eyes as the family tied the knot.
"Even with Covid-19, each person there wanted to be there. We had exactly 50 of our closest friends and family in attendance." The couple ordered special face masks for the guests, made sure plenty of hand sanitizer was available and arranged all the social aspects of the wedding — from dining, music and reception — to allow for social distancing.
"Many guests had questions beforehand, up until the day of the wedding. We made sure we communicated, posted on our website and answered any individual questions. We had a couple of guests who stated they could not attend. We were fine with that. We had a beautiful video to share when they were ready."
The husbands have some advice for those planning a wedding, especially in the age of Covid. "Take time for you. A wedding is a celebration, often we get caught up in who will be there, will they have a good time etc. With Covid at play, we wanted to make sure we did our part to ensure it was safe."
The couple's other priority was making sure they enjoyed every moment of their weekend. They loved adding their own touches to the wedding, but they also handed over much of the coordination to a close friend, Jermaine. He did not disappoint.
"Remember this is for you so have fun. Enjoy the people who are there, who came to support, and don't stress about the rest. You now have your great lives ahead of you!"
Follow Chase and Turner on Instagram: @meetthebeardturners
A shout-out to all the folks who made Chase and Terrance's wedding the incredible day that it was!
Videographer/Photography: Asante Lloyd, Atlanta Video Studio, @atlvideostudio
Caterer: Chef Bree - Good Fork Catering, @Goodforkcaterer
Music: Orchestra Noir, @OrchestraNoir @OrchestraNoirWeddings
Spa: Iwi Fresh Spa, @iwifresh
Venue: Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center