Sometimes the best things in life don’t happen how you may have imagined them. For some, that’s getting married during the coronavirus pandemic. Sure, you may never have thought a “virtual wedding” was in the cards, but one of Miami’s most iconic venues has adapted to these unprecedented times with a solution we hope sticks around. (Seriously, we’re not kidding.)
South Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has launched the Garden of Love, a virtual wedding experience where couples get to exchange their vows online. Forget fussing over flowers and guest lists, all a bride and groom has to do is say “I do” in front of friends and family via a live video stream. Parents can attend, but otherwise the event is strictly closed-door. (Hey, no need to worry about offending your third cousin who was certain she was scoring an in-person invite.)
For $1,400, a couple can choose one of five romantic locations throughout the garden. Even better, a secure streaming link is taken care of by an on-site videographer, as well as full audio, video and lighting set up. Take it up a notch with add-ons like an hour-long photo session around the garden, a musician and a six-inch cake.