Chelsea and John had us smitten from day one. We spent countless minutes geeking out about Tolkien and CS Lewis at their initial Zoom meeting, and we discovered that John lives right down the road from us. We connected again when John swung by for a quick visit and during their Monte Sano engagement session earlier this summer. Their personalities are such a perfect fit for each other! Watching (and photographing) how they absolutely adore each other is such a gift.
After a heartfelt ceremony at Twickenham Church of Christ, we headed over to Huntsville Botanical Garden to finish up portraits and celebrate this momentous occasion! Huntsville Botanical Garden has always been one of our favorite spots to take bride and groom portraits. Chelsea and John’s wedding day was no exception! We even had a chance to incorporate a few of the Night Bloom displays! As John said, not everyone can have ginormous swans in their wedding portraits. It’s extra unique!
Let’s just start with those wedding rings. I watched the full extended Lord of the Rings trilogy more times than I can count over the course of my teenage years (my brothers were fans). I fully appreciated the Elvish inscriptions nestled inside both Chelsea and John’s wedding rings! Their rings were designed by none other than the workshop of Jans Hansen of Lord of the Rings fame. Other details thoughtfully scattered throughout their wedding vision – like the paper suite and ceremony music – offered a delicate nod to Tolkien. Just enough, not too much. It was perfection.
I also loved the imaginative and unique decor scheme! The navy and copper palette packed a beautiful punch of bold color. Colorful floral displays blended with clean lines of lanterns and candles. The head table backdrop was a handcrafted stunner of color! John’s sister (shout out to Helen!) did an outstanding job pulling the decor together.
Anytime there’s an heirloom involved, it hits my happy radar! Chelsea’s bouquet was wrapped in the lace from John’s grandmother’s veil. What a beautiful nod to legacy. And speaking of legacy, Chelsea and John created a sweet gesture of love toward Chelsea’s newly adopted daughters. The reception featured a taco bar and churros in celebration of their Mexican-American heritage. These girls are precious, and it’s beautiful to see the love flowing around this new little family!
Chelsea & John – Wow. What an amazing time we’ve had getting to know you two and celebrating this really special occasion by your sides! It was a joy to capture your wedding day. We’re so excited for the things God has in store for you as husband and wife!
Looking for more Huntsville Botanical Garden wedding inspiration? Don’t miss Allison & Anthony’s Lavender Spring Garden Wedding!
A shout out to these vendors!
Venue: Huntsville Botanical Garden
Photography: Joel and Amber Photography
Hair and Makeup Artist: Relook Artistry
Wedding Gown: Modern Brides
Florals: In Bloom
Ring Designer: Jens Hansen
Ceremony Venue: Twickenham Church of Christ
Officiant: Jody Vickery
Catering and Churros: Phil Sandoval’s
Sugar Cookies: Lil Cookie Co
Cake Artist: Edgar’s Bakery
Reception Decor: Helen Tarrance, Sister of the Groom
Rentals: Mullins Special Occasions
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