Chelsea & John // Heartwarming Intimate Twickenham Wedding | Joel and Amber Photography

Chelsea & John // Heartwarming Intimate Twickenham Wedding


Sep 2, 2021

Twickenham Church of Christ Ceremony and Huntsville Botanical Garden Carriage House Reception // Wedding Photographers in Huntsville, Alabama

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!

A Few of My Favorite Things

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!

Wedding Planning Checklist

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

  1. John Dodson says:

    Love it. This is amazing!

  2. Cindy Thomason says:

    Thank you SO much for capturing the love between John and Chelsea!

  3. Patti Palmer says:

    What an extraordinary day! Their color choices were beautiful.

  4. Renee Ray says:

    What an amazing job you did capturing the love these two share! Gorgeous photos!

  5. SaraMargaret says:

    Beautiful! So happy John found his girl

  6. Jared Rutledge says:

    Wonderful pictures you two! i wish i could have been there!

  7. Erica says:

    OMGosh, these are so beautiful! Everything turned out so perfect! Super happy for you!!

  8. Jordan Simpson says:

    These are so beautiful! Congratulations!!

  9. Jane Dodson says:

    Thank you for such beautiful photos showing how much John and Chelsea adore each other. It was a wonderful day full of joy, laughter, and memories for years to come!

  10. Matthew D Heck says:

    Beautiful pictures for beautiful people.

  11. Autumn Knox says:

    These are so beautiful!!!

  12. David Myers says:

    You guys look great! Wish I could have been there for you guys…and the taco bar! :)

  13. Debbie Pace says:

    Such beautiful pictures and such a wonderful couple!
    Captured the moments perfectly!!

  14. Roman Davidson says:

    Congratulations John and Chelsea! The photos are wonderful.

  15. Jon says:

    Looks so good!

    -Jon the Misposter

  16. Sandra says:

    Beautiful couple, beautiful photos

  17. Robin Myers says:

    Such a beautiful Wedding! Love all of the photos!

  18. Internet Stranger says:

    Such a beautiful Wedding! Love all of the photos!

  19. TheClub says:

    The Club Congratulates you on such a momentous and beautiful event. Wishing you both the absolute best! Great photo’s!

  20. Molly Johnson says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple!

  21. KJ Shin says:

    Sorry I missed it, the photos do a great job of capturing the moments. I love seeing proud mamas and proud papas and BUBBLES!

  22. Matt W says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love the rings!

  23. Thomas Kazmierczak says:

    These look amazing! You really brought out the happiness they feel on this special day.

  24. Joshua M says:

    Simply stunning! What a ceremony!

  25. Emily says:

    So beautiful. Never seen anybody have such a glow on there face the way u did. Love u both and nothing but happiness through your marriage. Congrats

  26. Karen says:

    Beautiful photos! These will be treasured for years.

  27. Summer and Darren Raby says:

    Amazing!!! So happy for you all! Praying the Lords beauty and wonder for your new life together!

  28. Gorgeous photos! This is what true love looks like!

  29. Chelsea Dodson says:

    Thank you so much for making our day a breeze! I could relax knowing every important moment would be captured beautifully. Keep being awesome!

  30. Angela Rackard says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous pictures! Wishing you too much happiness!

  31. Lynn Bullard says:

    Beautiful photos and the start of a beautiful life together! Congratulations!

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