I met Chelsey & Brenden two years ago when I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session. Chelsey had recently applied to nursing school, and was anxiously waiting on her admission status so she and Brenden could begin to plan their wedding. They weren’t sure exactly when they would become husband and wife, but they knew they did indeed want to spend their lives together. Their engagement session holds a special place in my heart because it was the first session I photographed after the birth of my baby. Our original date had to be moved because the roads were blocked to Julian, the quaint town where both their engagement session and wedding took place. A new date was set and the planets must have all aligned that day because the roads were clear and a blanket of perfect white snow covered the town and surrounding landscape. I remember the playful exchanges between them, the way Brenden tenderly helped Chelsey through the icy streets, and the warm embraces amidst the chilly air.
Two years later, it was clear their bond had grown even deeper. It was in each interaction, each touch, each smile and gaze. It was in Brenden’s redirection of all attention to Chelsey; it was in Chelsey’s tears of joy as she saw him the first time in her wedding gown. It was the longing in their eyes during their ceremony and their eager anticipation to become husband and wife. In the speeches from their family and friends, there was laughter, life, delight, and so much raw emotion celebrating their love. It was clear to each wedding guest, Chelsey and Brenden fit together like a hand and glove.
They planned every detail of their wedding themselves and executed each one beautifully. They created a magical day for themselves, their family and friends in the woods of Julian at the gorgeous Pine Hills Lodge. And they did it all together. It was an intimate and tender celebration that represented them utterly and completely. It was perfect.
Chelsey & Brenden, thank you for the honor of photographing the perfect celebration of your love and the start to your incredible marriage. I know as the days grown long and the years pass by, your bond will only deepen. Cheers to a life of love, warmth, and winter adventures.
Venue: Pine Hills Lodge / DJ: ENV Productions, Inc. / Cake: Swedish Royal Bakery / Hair: Nicole Klemetsrud / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Root / Dress: Allure Bridals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg