Introducing our real bride of the month, Chelsea!
Chelsea met her husband Zach their freshman year of college at a dinner theater fundraiser for a mission trip. “We had great laughs over the dance moves and costumes and soon became the best of friends,” says Chelsea. “Zach and I didn’t date until over half a year later when we finally decided that we both felt like we were more than just friends.”
The couple decided on a wedding theme of “happy handmade boho,” and they created many of the decorations themselves. The ceremony and reception, held at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center in Dubach, Louisiana, had that woodsy charm that Chelsea and Zach were looking for.
When it came to finding the perfect gown, Chelsea was looking for a comfortable, lightweight dress to fit her wedding theme. In the end, she fell in love with Style 8527 in ivory. “The reason why I picked this dress was because it not only fit my theme, but it was also so comfortable,” she says. “I also loved how it flowed when I walked or spun, and I was just so impressed by the material.”
On June 6, 2015, Chelsea and her bridesmaids enjoyed a busy but calm morning before the big moment. “My father walked me down the aisle, and he truly made me feel like a princess,” Chelsea says. “As soon as the doors were parted, there were so many happy tears! Zach, my father and I were crying the whole time as I came down the aisle.” The couple wed in front of an arch that Zach and his father built from scratch.
Because they had an early wedding, they served a light lunch of handmade food cooked by family members. Instead of a large wedding cake, Chelsea and Zach opted for a small cake with 30 pies! They had 10 of each flavor, hot and cold, and all their guests loved it.
“I felt that the whole wedding day reflected the purpose: for Zach and I to become one,” says Chelsea. “There was so much love and joy not just from us, but our family and friends. We had so many friends and family travel very far to share this day with us, and we felt the love and excitement that others not only felt about the wedding, but also us as a couple.”
Photography by: Micahla Wilson Photography