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Woman with friends at wedding
Original photo by Natalie Hardt

My COVID-19 Wedding Adventure

Dressing up? Going to an event with over 100 people in attendance?? During COVID-19??

This is exactly what I did a few weeks ago at a friend’s wedding, and, after an event-less year with almost no occasions to change out of sweatpants, it was so exciting!

The wedding was black tie optional, so my roommates and I went all out, donning former prom dresses, statement makeup, and sky-high heels. Our glam looks were quite the change from the typical jeans-and-a-T-shirt look we had been rocking all semester, and we sure took advantage of the excuse to dress up, getting ready hours ahead of the big event.

Woman with friends at wedding
Original photo by Natalie Hardt

The wedding itself was charming, with a beautiful bride, handsome groom and a very sweet ceremony. At the reception, my roommates and I reconnected with friends, and I was even able to meet someone I’d only known virtually all semester in class!

Gathered around the dinner table, my friends and I created alter egos and developed elaborate backstories, laughing our way through dinner. 

The best part came post-dinner: dancing! Even though half the time it was only my two roommates, my (platonic) date and I, we spent hours spinning across the dance floor. 

I was back in my element, mingling and connecting with people new and old. It was delightful to be back in a crowd and to be able to dance in a large group. 

I look forward to more opportunities to gather with the people I love — especially in large groups! — as COVID-19 continues to improve, and hope you all get a similar chance soon too!

Natalie Hardt

Pepperdine '21

Hi! My name is Natalie and I'm a senior at Pepperdine studying Integrated Marketing Communications and Art. Some of my favorite activities are painting, board games, beach days, and exploring new places with friends and family!
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