You would be hard-pressed to find a detail we don’t absolutely adore about this wedding; Petal Pushers and Canvas Weddings have a whole lot to do with that. But the thing we love most is the story behind Chelsea and Tommy’s wedding. It’s a love affair that spanned many years, started as a friendship and blossomed over skype and a whole lot of distance. But in the end, their love culminated in the sweetest lakeside wedding captured by Woodnote Photography along with some increadibly sage advice from the Bride and Groom…” It will be perfect no matter what.” We think so too. Have a look at the full gallery for more as well as a film by Northernlight Filmworks that’s the perfect finishing touch.
From Woodnote Photography…Chelsea and Tommy met eight and a half years ago at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. When Chelsea tells the story, she says, “He was wearing a graphic tee that read “It’s Always a Pleasure…” and the rest is history. Just kidding! He really was wearing a graphic tee, though, and proceeded to try and get me to dump my then-current boyfriend for the next two years.” (Nice one, Tommy!) It wasn’t until after graduation when they were conveniently living halfway across the country from one another that they decided to ‘give it a go’. “We fell in love over Skype, endless phones calls, and weekend visits that always felt much too short. Tommy moved to Chicago. And I decided I didn’t want to spend another day of my life with anyone else. The rest really is history….”
“From start to finish our wedding day was perfect,” they recall “…the very best people in the world surrounded us as we promised to love each other forever. We ate incredible food, shared many laughs (and tears), and danced until we were kicked out.” When we asked if Chelsea and Tommy had any advice for other couples who were in the midst of their engagement and wedding planning season, they said one of the most profound and truth-filled things we’ve ever heard our couples say: “If you’re able, don’t start planning right away. Take at least a few weeks (or a few months in our case) and just enjoy being engaged. Enjoy the excitement and the newness of taking the next step. Enjoy each other. However, once you do start planning, our biggest piece of advice would be to be patient. Be patient with yourself, your fiancé, your mom, your soon to be mother-in-law, your friends….etc. It’s an overwhelmingly exciting time in your life (and everyone else’s) – things will go right and things will go wrong (hopefully only a few of them). Cherish each moment and each decision. It goes by in the blink of an eye. And when the day rolls around be sure to soak it all in, relax, roll with the punches. It will be perfect no matter what.”
Photography: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Oconomowoc Lake Club | Floral Design: Deb Donaldson of Petal Pushers | Cinematography: Northernlight Filmworks | Wedding Planner: Canvas Weddings | Officiant: Eoin Callery (friend of the couple) | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Stationery + Paper Goods: Monograham | Wedding Favors: The Caramel Jar | Ceremony + Reception Music: Okyne Medialab | Cake: The Cake Lady | Wedding Rings: Luo M. Jewlers | Hair: The Yellow House Salon | Makeup: Kristal Sherman | Wedding Dress: Watters | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Earrings: MillieICARO | Groom + Groomsen Suits: Joseph A. Banks | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Bridesmaids Jewellery: Ava Hope Designs