Tell us your love story!
Chelsea and I met at a fund raising event at a bar in the city where we both lived. We both noticed each other and made a point to introduce ourselves, but it would be another few weeks and a lot of texting back and forth before we actually started hanging out.
What about the proposal?
Chelsea proposed to me on a beach in the Dominican Republic. We went down for a vacation with friends (who turned out to be in on everything she had planned). A snowstorm and an overbooking almost derailed the whole trip, but we managed to make it to D.R. Chelsea surprised me one night when we went on a "walk" before dinner. She had carved the middle out of a book and placed the ring box inside and it was sitting on a custom made beach towel. Our friends hid and took pictures as it was all taking place.
I returned the proposal about 6 months later at our favorite golf course. We were at the best hole on the course with a spectacular view. I had a special golf ball made with, "Chelsea will you marry me?" on it. I was so nervous to get the moment right, I think it was the worst round of golf I've ever played!
When did you know you were meant to be together?
Chelsea's answer - Kait and I took a mini vacation to Lake Placid only a few weeks after we had been dating. We met up with my parents, went out exploring the area and had the most amazing time together. I knew that weekend she was my perfect match and I wanted all my future adventures to include her.
Kaitlin's answer - I knew Chelsea was the one when we took a trip to Key West just a short time after we began dating. Chelsea invited me on a family trip, I was a little nervous! We had to take different flights down to FL and when she came to pick me up at the airport she had upgraded our rental car to a bright red mustang convertible! I had such a great time on the trip and I just knew I wanted to be a part of her life forever.
Going into wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Going into our wedding we knew we wanted it to be an outdoor, fun and casual wedding. We are not very formal people, so a fancy venue was out of the question. We also knew we wanted to incorporate all of the traveling we had done together into our theme and decor.
What surprised you about wedding planning?
We really weren't too surprised by any pieces of the planning process. We did a lot of planning work ourselves (and our friends and family helped out quite a bit too). The only things that got us a little flustered near the end of the planning was figuring out how we would transport decorations, alcohol and other miscellaneous items from the hotel to the venue. The easiest piece for us was working with our caterer, DJ and the venue coordinators, they were made the process easy and enjoyable.
What do you wish you knew going into planning?
We wish we knew that, "less is more." We caught got up in a few details that turned out to really not matter at all. The important part were the friends and family that showed up to celebrate our big day.
Any advice for couples planning now?
Our advice for couples planning a wedding now is to enjoy every moment, even the planning and decorating preparations. The time leading up to the wedding can be stressful, and it goes really quick. Remember to take a deep breathe and enjoy the process, because it really is amazing to look around and see all the people who step up and help out just because they love you.
What was your favorite part of the day?
Kaitlin - I loved every part of the day, but there was a very distinct moment as Chelsea was saying the vows that she wrote that I realized just how incredibly lucky I was. I was surrounded by my friends and family, and even though it looked like it was about to downpour somehow we made it through the ceremony and into the barn before the skies opened up.
Chelsea - To be honest, I loved the entire day and it's hard to pinpoint my favorite part but I loved our first look. It was amazing to have a little one on one time before the ceremony. Kaitlin and I decided not to see each other's dresses or each other before the ceremony. I was so anxious and excited to see her, I forget the photographer (Jackie) was trying to get some pictures of us. The few moments we spent together before we said "I Do" were so perfect.