Sometimes true love won’t wait and sometimes, Mama knows best. Those are the two things I think of when I think of Kelsey & Chuck’s story. That’s because these two sweet people met last September and two weeks ago, they tied the knot. Yep, love just wouldn’t wait!
They met last year after being introduced by Kelsey’s mom one Sunday at church. Chuck is the drummer in the praise band at Kelsey’s parents’ church and her mom kept thinking, I need to get Kelsey home from Raleigh one weekend to meet this guy. I think they would really hit it off. Well, apparently she was right, because here they are already married! With a late January engagement, they didn’t waste a bit of time and put together a fabulous wedding and a reception party to beat the band at the Brookstown Inn. All of the pieces fell in to place…truly, it was meant to be!
I met Kelsey and her family at the Brookstown Inn where they were getting ready for the day. The ladies from UpDo’s Studio were putting the final touches on them as I arrived and Kelsey was looking nothing less than radiant.
With Kelsey, were her twin sister and maid of honor, Megan and her mom, Allie. What a fun time the three of them were having getting excited about what was ahead.
Kelsey’s gown was an absolute vision of loveliness. The strapless gown by Pronovias featured a beaded waist with a tulle skirt that resembled a cascade of feathers. So unique and stunning!
Kelsey’s flowers were designed by a family friend and featured lots of silver beading and navy accents along with ivory roses. Kelsey’s something blue…her blue ballet flats. Smart girl! I can’t tell you how many brides are cussing their heels by the time they get to the reception. This girl didn’t even go there and was happy and comfortable all day long!
A little something borrowed…a necklace from her friend Amanda which perfectly complimented her silver and navy colors.
Thanks to my wonderful friend, Renee Sprink, who covered the groom’s room while I was working with the girls. She met Chuck and his best man, Craig, over in their suite at the Brookstown to get in on a little of the behind the scenes goings on.
This does not does look like the face of a man who is nervous. Not. One. Bit. He was completely ready!
In the girls’ room, the moment had arrived to get that gorgeous dress on.
I love these two shots because this is ALWAYS the part where every bride sucks it in, holds her breath and prays that the dress will indeed fit like it did in the store! But these three had the most awesome reaction…high fives! Yep, they scored when the zipper went up! I think that sums up every bride’s reaction when they get to this point! There was no shortage of giggles in this room.
The veil was just meant for Kelsey. It belonged to her mother and was her something old. I always love it when the style of something old works so well with today’s designs.
Wow! Look at the texture of that dress!
We had a little tip that Chuck would be walking through the courtyard on his way to have picture made and Kelsey was getting a little sneak peek!
Outside, Renee had some time to photograph Chuck as he waited for a moment to talk to Kelsey (but not see her!) I love this shot on the right as Chuck makes a call on his flip phone. He caught a great deal of grief during the reception toasts about his 1992 flip phone. He handled in stride and was quite proud of the fact that it serves him well!
Grab the Kleenex…Oh. My. Goodness. Mr. Fitchett was about to see his baby girl. There was not a dry eye…especially mine…as he took his first look at her. This scene was repeated about 5 more times. Every time I had them together for a picture or asked him to give her a kiss, he just fell apart when he would look at Kelsey. Truly one of the sweetest dads I have photographed.
Love this series as Kelsey’s mom pins her son, Paxton’s, boutonnière on. I think he was a bit nervous of getting stuck with that big ole pin!
Kelsey and I headed out to the courtyard next so that Kesey & Chuck could hold hands and talk without seeing one another. What a beautiful moment as they shared words and a prayer.
Chuck was headed off to the church to meet family and have some quiet time, so Kelsey and I were now free to take photographs in the courtyard with no concern that her groom would see her!
You are a gorgeous bride, Kelsey!
Love this! Her dad is showing her a picture of the wedding cake that had already been delivered.
Chuck & his best man, Craig, have been buddies since they were in high school at the NC School of Science & Math in Durham. They have a great friendship and it was so evident that Craig has been a strong supporter of Chuck’s through the years.
Chuck’s family was gathering at the church and he was excited to see them!
Christ Church is a small Anglican church located in the heart of Ardmore in Winston-Salem. It was where Chuck and Kelsey met and was the perfect place for them to say their vows. Their family and friends filled it, wall to wall!
I love a wedding where there is some good giggling. It helps calm the nerves and puts everyone at ease.
After a blessing from the minister, they are officially married. But this ceremony did not end here. Holy Communion was offered to all in attendance. It was a lovely addition to the service and served to remind everyone of the holiness of the occasion.
Unlike most couples…they got to kiss TWICE in their ceremony!
Following the ceremony, we headed out with Chuck, Kelsey and their attendants for a few moments of quiet time and a chance to take some beautiful images on their special day.
Wow Kelsey…you are a vision!
And one of the coolest things about Chuck…he’s a groom that can do a heel click! How about that???
All that done, we headed to the reception at the Brookstown Inn to join the guests.
Following introductions, Kelsey & Chuck enjoyed their first dance together.
Then it was Dad’s turn with Kelsey.
And Chuck’s turn with his mom. Sweet sweet moments that always turn me to a puddle!
After a welcome by Kelsey’s father, folks began to fill the dance floor and fill their stomachs with delicious fare by Holly Tate Catering. Holly is consistently serving some of the most delicious and creative wedding food in town. Love to recommend her services!
Jason Barnes provided the DJ services for the evening. He did a fabulous job of selecting music that would get people on their feet. Great job!
I always love toast time at a reception. Many couples are toasted at their rehearsal dinner, so I don’t get to hear the words that their closest friends and family share about them. So it’s always nice when a few people save their words for the reception for all to hear.
Following the sweet toast and welcome to the family by Kelsey’s dad, Chuck and Kelsey’s best man and maid of honor got to have a turn to say a few words. Given that Craig has known Chuck for so many years and that Megan is Kelsey’s twin sister, these words truly came from the heart and were filled with lots of love and laughter.
A beautiful cake, designed by Karen Dioli, of Dioli’s Italian Market awaited the couple inside. Love the detail Karen added to the cake to make it tie in so nicely with the design of Kelsey’s dress. And delicious too! Karen offers superior service!
Garter and bouquet time!
A quick fling by Chuck and a great catch by his brother!
And of course, who else but her twin sister would catch that bouquet!
But this crowd was not done dancing yet. They were getting on the Love Train! And they took that train all over the Brookstown courtyard!
After a fun-filled day, surrounded by those they love, it was time for a last dance. Toes were tired, but it was a good tired!
Many many best wishes from me to Chuck and Kelsey. What a sweet couple who will grow surrounded by the love of many. Thank you for asking me to be with you on such a special day!