Chelsie and Ross what can I say about them? Well everything because they are one of the cutest and perfect couples I have ever met. I was actually surprised when they hired me because I had met with them at a Starbucks that literally closed 15 minutes after we got there. So I didn’t have much time to really talk with them, but I was hoping they would. They were outdoors people, like me, who love to backpack and hike and generally be outside. In fact they got engaged while hiking Horsetail Falls and their love story is magical as well.
I really loved hearing about their story because it was like something out of a movie. In this technological age it's not uncommon that they met on a dating website. Chelsie was apprehensive about meeting a guy for a date online, but decided to take the chance anyway because of what he said in his text messages. I think most of us that have tried the online dating route have had the same apprehension, sometimes the dates are great and sometimes not so much. It’s weird going out with someone you don’t already know, but obviously they hit it off.
I asked Chelsie about the best date they ever had and when she told it to me it reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks novel. They had made a day trip to Bodega Bay, which by itself is an amazing place to hang out. But literally all the cliché moments in romantic novels happened to them. She said they went to a beach where they flew a kite and played in the sand and at the same time a pod of dolphins swam past them. As the day started to wind down they sat on the beach with wine and cheese and watched the sunset. As it was setting a regal buck passed by them. When the sun disappeared the Milky Way lit up before their eyes. As they were watching the glimmer of the stars several shooting stars shot through the sky. They discovered that night was the height of a meteor shower. If that's not a Nicholas Sparks date I don't know what is.
I believe their wedding had the same romanticism that this date had. They had a small intimate wedding at Mulvaney’s B&L in downtown Sacramento. The setting was amazing! It was in courtyard between two restaurants. The space was so magical it didn’t need any decor. Brick walls lined the entire space. A full sized tree grew from one side of the space and canopied to the other side and it was wrapped in white holiday lights. The back wall had a beautiful metal sculpture of lily pads and again white lights weaved in and out of it. The perfect back drop for the perfect couple! The bar area had white lights and chili peppers hanging overhead and glowing stained glass windows. I thought it was the most beautiful backdrop for the most beautiful bride, see the first photo in the mosaic below.
The ceremony was very emotional with tears, laughter and of course lots of love, but in cute couple fashion Chelsie forgot the love letters they were supposed to read to each other. I think it might have been better that way as they can read them to each other in private. The letters will go in a wine box they had their names engraved on. They'll read the letters and share the bottle of wine on their first anniversary. Then write another letter, save it in the box and open it again on their second anniversary, so on and so forth. They plan on doing this for the rest of their lives. My heart melted when I heard this idea and I can only imagine what those letters will mean to them over time.
Their reception reminded me of a Martha Stewart magazine. They had long rectangular tables with candles, garland and fancy dinner settings. Did I mention it was perfect? They had a three course meal with lots of spirits to go around. The best man, woman and sister made some great speeches from comical to heartfelt. The love this family had for each other was undeniable and I know it will endure the test of time. The best part of the reception, I thought, was the first dance. It was truly magical underneath the canopy of the big tree while Chelsie’s brothers played “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. Another reason I loved these two is there awesome taste in music! They were so snuggly and cute it made for the best first dance photos. A photographers dream!