The Valentine: Chelsea & Michael


Unity - the state of being joined together as a whole. This word couldn’t better describe Chelsea & Michael's lovely spring garden wedding at The Valentine, a private museum dedicated to the history of the city.

The couples chose a peach and gray color scheme with a theme of unity, family, and togetherness. And I have never seen such a harmonious blending of families and multicultures. They are truly blessed.  

Nods to family were present throughout the day. Chelsea's bouquet (and other floral arrangements) were created by Mike's grandmother; her bouquet wrap was lace from her mother's bouquet. Mike's memorial boutonniere pin featured a picture of his uncle that he was close to growing up but had passed away. The couple's adorable two-year-old son was the most confident ring bearer I've ever witnessed. Before exchanging their vows, the families participated in a unique love lock tradition. The intimate ceremony took place just outside the historic 1812 John Wickham House where Mike's father served as the officiant. However, Chelsea's father pronounced them married.

You would never know looking at the pictures, but immediately following the ceremony, there were spells of intermittent rain. In some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck. It did on mine and I can honestly say I've been fortunate to be happily married for almost sixteen years now! Chelsea and Michael - Congratulations!

The Best Is Yet to Come



Dress:  David's Bridal  | Venue:  The Valentine  | Cake: Ukrop's Bakery  | Catering: A Sharper Palate  |  DJ:  2Hype Muzic Crew  | Hairstylist:  Sheyenne|  Makeup Artist: Kianna Cooper|  Wedding Planner: The Kreative Firm| Second Photographer: Orrie Gaines| Assistant: Rebecca Wesley