Chelsea and Lindsey had a bit of Topsy-Tervy year with their wedding plans. Originally scheduled for the bride and bride was an intimate ceremony at at a rustic cabin in Lewiston, Idaho. Those plans changed due to the ongoing pandemic, but that did not stop their wedding. A change was made to shift the wedding venue to Lindsey’s mom’s beautiful backyard.
The makeshift venue did not seem as such with all of the trimmings you’d expect from a modern wedding venue: a gazebo for the ceremony, a large backyard area for the reception, separate bridal rooms, handmade floral arrangements (by Lindsey’s mom), a private room for catering, and a picturesque hedge-lined aisle for the brides to be walked down the aisle with their mothers. This is the embodiment of a DIY wedding with everything created literally in-house for their backyard wedding.
Prior to the wedding, the couple had a wedding session at a local park along the Snake River with beautiful greens and blues providing a stark contrast to their white gowns.
Following their wedding couple’s shoot Lindsey surprised Chelsea by inviting Chelsea’s aunt to their wedding without Chelsea being aware she was coming. This moment brought excitement, tears, and joy to both Chelsea and Lindsey.
Following the surprise, the ceremony began with the brides being walked down the aisle by their mother. The couple recited tearful vows, exchanged rings, and was sent off as wife and wife with streamers flaring by the excited guests and family members. Their love is a monument to the foundation their love was built on: steady enough to weather any storm (or pandemic).
Question: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
Answer: We chose June 27 because June is pride month and we wanted to tip our hats to those that paved the way for us to be able bond our love with legal matrimony. We didn’t really set out with a theme in mind, but the one thing we did pick out were our colors! Our rings are beautifully white and rose gold, so we wanted to incorporate the rose gold color. We decided on a burgundy, sage green, rose gold and wood elements. Our decor was mostly DIY and on the vintage or rustic side of things. My brother married us and spoke about Plato’s Symposium – how we have found our other half. It was magical and fit perfectly with the vows we wrote for each other. Not to mention that Hedwig and the Angry Inch is my favorite musical…my wife surprised me years ago when we were in San Francisco and I saw it live! Darren Criss as Hedwig!
Question: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Answer: The majority of our decor was DIY! We started collecting items from thrift stores about two months after we got engaged. Due to the nature of 2020, our venue changed from a rental, to mom’s backyard. It ended up being absolutely perfect and all the things that we had been collecting went together well, kind of crazy that they ended up all being on theme. It certainly wasn’t that thought out. The decorating was a family affair! Everyone helped to hang tulle, flowers, chandeliers, frames, Chinese lanterns and more! It was fun and crafty and looked beautiful.
Question: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Answer: Ah, the florals! The flowers were purchased without much fuss the day before wedding #Costco. Mom expertly crafted the bouquets and centerpieces – she also made the cake which incorporated flowers! She is a woman of many talents. My sister and close family friend did my hair and added baby’s breath to it as a finishing touch.
Question: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Answer: We personalized every aspect of our wedding! Even down to our first dance! We made so much of our decor, had photos of us in frames from over the years together, little stations for our guests to write us a message or give a date idea…we had so much fun creating the things that we used. Chalk markers to outline the order of events, written delicately on a thrift store chalk board.
Question: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
Answer: My mom and I went and looked together, the dresses I was drawn to didn’t feel right once I put them on. The woman that helped me at David’s Bridal was amazing, she was authentic and easy to be around, and brought me the dress that I decided on. And I think I knew as soon as I put it on. I didn’t get it at that moment, but it is the one that I went to when my wife and I went to try on dresses together. My wedding day look was simple, whimsical. I wore a long off white dress, tight fitting at the waist and then flowy from there down. I had bought sparkly sandals, but they didn’t feel right the day of, so I went barefoot. I had bought earrings and a necklace that also didn’t feel right the day of, so I wore a quartz crystal necklace I made and simple diamond and pearl earrings. My wife thought she was so set on pants and when we went and looked the first time she didn’t like any of the options. When we went again she tried on dresses…she wanted to feel beautiful and felt that way when she wore a dress. Her dress was an off white color, short and flowy. She wore light brown Ariat cowboy boots and a hat. She was perfect.
Question: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Answer: We met in 2013 at a roller derby game. My wife had just moved to the area and came to watch a game, I had just played and we met at the afterparty. We didn’t start dating until 2015, but I really liked her from the moment we met. The day that she proposed to me…oh man, I had no idea! None! We went to a forest about 30 miles from our home, to help a photographer friend collect some photos for a workshop she was teaching. We walked through this forest posing and pretending not to pose. As we are going along, I can feel a change in energy, almost like vibration – my wife is suddenly hugging me closer, tighter, longer. We get to the spot where our photographer says, “Well this is about the last place.” We are holding each other and swaying together, my wife is telling me how she made a pros and cons list as to why we shouldn’t get married. I am listening and laughing, so like her to make a list. Still no clue. Then she does the unthinkable! She pulls away from my embrace, kneels before me, and pulls a ring out of her pocket! I am stunned. Shocked. She asked me to marry her, I am crying, and totally taken aback. I use profanity – uttering my non-belief. I say yes, YES. Of course, I never imagined this whole thing was a set-up. LOL!
Question: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Answer: HA! I mean, spend some real time with the person. Live with them, see them at their worst, make a pros and cons list. If all signs still point to yes, do it. 🙂 If the person you love makes you the best version of yourself, and vice versa, go for it! And as far as wedding planning goes, have fun, do what feels right even if that means changing your shoes, speech, vows, etc. right at the last minute. It is about you and your person, everyone else will just be grateful to witness what you share with your lover.