Real Wedding: Kelsey and Zach – Rustic Romance
The Navy brought Kelsey and Zach together, though it was in a roundabout kind of way. Kelsey’s brother was deployed, as was Zach. Both of their mothers joined a website called Navy for Moms to get support and feedback. Once they realized they were from the same time, the planned a meetup, and they quickly became friends. Over time, they got their whole families together.
Still, it took a few years for Kelsey and Zach to connect. When her brother was set to come home for deployment, Kelsey posted about it online, and Zach reached out to her. They started chatting, and their relationship grew from there.
Kelsey and Zach planned a rustic yet romantic wedding for December 30th. The attendants walked through a pergola, down a brick-paved path to an altar by a lake. A white pergola and pier acted as a backdrop, as well as a rustic barn and other buildings.
Kelsey wore a beautiful gown with a lace overlay atop a champagne silhouette. The lace straps fell just off the shoulder, and a beaded sash wrapped her waist. She wore her hair in a low chignon and wore a cathedral veil with beautiful embroidery along the edge. She carried a bouquet of roses and wild greenery, along with a picture of her father. Her uncle walked her down the aisle.
The bridesmaids wore burgundy gowns in varying silhouettes, and the groomsmen either wore their service uniforms or wore black suits with navy vests and burgundy ties. Zach wore his Navy uniform, but he changed into a suit for the reception.
The reception was held inside a barn, which was decorated with plenty of wood accents and rustic lighting, such as twinkle lights and paper lanterns. The tables were dressed with white linens and navy napkins. Centerpieces included the same flowers that were in the bouquets, and they were placed in vases wrapped in burlap and positioned atop a wood slice.
A special feature of the reception was the gourmet s’mores bar, which included things like “The Nutty Buddy” and Mexican Hot Cocoa. The special creations included peppermint patties, cinnamon, peanut butter cups, and more.
Of course, guests were also treated with wedding cake, which was a two-tier creation with ruffled ivory frosting. Succulents and large burgundy blooms decorated the cake, as well as a “Mr. and Mrs.” topper in gold lettering.
Kelsey said that the main focus for the rest of the night after taking pictures was to make sure that their guests had as good a time as possible – and they did! Guests danced the night away under the twinkle nights, sharing memories together and celebrating the new couple. Kelsey and Zach said their goodbyes and walked through an archway of sparklers under the night sky. It was a magical evening, and the perfect start to their new life together.
Venue: Shady Wagon Farm
Catering: 39 West Catering with Greg Lewis