Love on the Menu
October 3, 2015
Chelsea, a public relations associate, and Matthew, a real estate agent, met one unexpected evening. Chelsea and her friends had decided that they were going to have a typical girls’ weekend dedicated to margaritas, laughs, lots of dancing, and absolutely NO men! After all of the girls settled into a bar after several margaritas, Chelsea locked eyes with a handsome blue-eyed man across the room. Matthew soon walked over and introduced himself to the group. Much to the other girls’ indignation, Matthew hung around right next to Chelsea the rest of the night.
Nine short months later, Chelsea and Matthew were vacationing in Breckenridge, Colorado – Chelsea’s absolute favorite place. One night, Chelsea’s mom announced that they would be having a nice dinner at a steakhouse. Chelsea found this a little unusual because they usually order pizza or cook as a family in the house. Luckily, she packed an extra dress at Matthew’s insistence. When they later arrived at dinner, Matthew seemed a little anxious, but Chelsea didn’t quite know why. It seemed to her as though everyone knew something that she didn’t. When the waiter arrived at the table for them to place their drink orders, he also asked them if they would like to see the “Specials” menu. Chelsea took the menu without a second thought, and as she started to read, she noticed that it wasn’t a menu at all. Rather, it was a letter that described how much Matthew loved her. Suddenly, everyone’s strange behavior started to make sense. As soon as she looked up from the letter, Matthew was already on one knee. It was a moment that Chelsea will never forget.
The couple celebrated their big day at Oak Knoll Ranch in Springtown, Texas. It was perfect for the groom’s hometown Texas taste and the bride’s love for glitz and glamour. The big red barn made the groom feel right at home and the ranch’s gorgeous indoor chandeliers along with the sweeping staircase gave Chelsea the chance to add her own flair. Matthew built a large wooden cross that was draped with flowers, which was posted just to the left of the altar as a reminder that Christ would always be an integral part of their marriage.
Chelsea wore an Allure Bridal gown and their cake masterpieces were created by Creative Cakes by Monica. The groom’s cake was a custom, two-layer cake, complete with a little horned frog commemorating his time as a TCU football player.
By Kyley Kornegay
Photos: Lily Hayes Photography
Just breathe and remember why you are getting married in the first place. It is so easy to get caught up in the “Perfect Pinterest Wedding” or “The Fairytale Day,” but no matter how much planning you do, something is going to go wrong. I actually had food poisoning on my wedding day! Despite how sick I felt the entire day, I was still overwhelmed with joy because I knew I was getting to marry the man of my dreams, and that’s all that mattered. When things start to get stressful and you’re starting to worry about what the big day will look like, just remember: Your Big Day is a celebration of the love you found with the people who already love you. That’s all it has to be. Don’t stress about the rest.