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christmas wedding: chelsea&brock

December 13, 2010

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“chelsea’s our little elle woods. you know, from legally blonde? oh, we adore her.” brock’s mother whispered during rehearsal the night before her son’s wedding. “don’t get me wrong, she’s a smart gal… is she ever & just like elle woods, she knows how to play with that. she’s girlie-girl to the extreme, pink is her favourite colour, i mean, look at her hair! she does everything though. in her business, in her career, in her family: she does it all flawlessly. we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her in our family.” what an adorable thing to hear from your future mother-in-law. i loved brock & chelsea’s family.

i knew chelsea had a unique wedding day planned from the moment i met her & brock in california during escalate live. chelsea is a wedding photographer herself, a great one at that. she has the cutest style. perfect mix of girlie & punk. brock has the funnest personality. the three of us couldn’t stop laughing over coffee at starbucks. they are truly so, so, so in love. it’s beautiful to see. chelsea emailed me their story earlier this year when we first started emailing about their wedding plans. it touched me so much.

chelsea & brock met one evening at a church event. brock came up and introduced himself to chelsea, this beautiful girl he saw playing bass guitar on stage during worship. soon after that, they started texting and brock asked chelsea (and her beautiful boy named malachi) to a movie, wall-e. chelsea writes, “before i go any further, i was at this time, dating another guy, a jerk that no one wanted me to date. i shouldn’t have been. brock and i became best friends. i’m not sure how. even when i was single, we didn’t start dating. he would complain about how all the girls he met were shallow or not adventurous of just plain boring. or the ones that he was interested in weren’t interested in him. & i would explain to him that he needed to get to the place, like i had, where he was just happy regardless. & i was–i would have been perfectly content if i never got married, just excelled at photography and raised Malachi right.”

throughout their friendship, brock admitted he was into chelsea. he wanted more than friends. chelsea wasn’t looking for that, wasn’t attracted to him in that way, didn’t see turning this friendship into a relationship. one day brock called chelsea. he needed some time to get over her. they needed to back off their friendship: he found it too hard. chelsea agreed, if that’s what he needed. they went a week without talking. chelsea said it was the most tortuous thing. maybe she didn’t want brock to get over her after all? they had already committed to go to a wedding together (as friends) that weekend. they went & that was the weekend something changed. no longer just best friends, best friends now crazy-attracted to one another.

but there was malachi. starting a relationship and walking towards marriage as a single mother can’t be easy. it’s something neither chelsea or brock took lightly and it took a lot of long discussions, prayers & tears together. chelsea + brock both have a beautiful faith in jesus christ and i love their hearts. i truly know that God has brought them together for such a time as this! watching them on their wedding day was beautiful. they have both waited for a partnership like this + i’m so excited to see such a beautiful family come together between chelsea, brock and malachi.

somehow chelsea managed to blend her love of pink + all things girlie + all things theatrical into a christmas-themed december wedding. the ceremony had a lot of fun touches including a “unity painting” — chelsea’s parents painted a C, brock’s parents painted a B, the newly married couple painted a “S” for their last name. brock + his high school marching band buddies played horns while the bridesmaids walked in. malachi and chelsea’s father gave her away. the crowd threw roses on chelsea + brock after they were pronounced, just like a real play! the reception was so much fun: tons of finger food and appetizers and just about the “danciest” bridal party i ever did see. enjoy!

to see more of chelsea + brock’s montgomery, alabama wedding CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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