This couple has grown very dear to my heart as I've gotten to know them & their lovely sets of parents! Their story is adorable and consists of coffee shops, friendship, Disney movies, and what felt like a long wait before officially dating. Josh came to our church in Michigan as an intern and had made a commitment to spend the year focusing on the work God had laid before him. But God was about to bring something special into his life as well, and it was a beautiful thing to watch their relationship blossom. What a joyous celebration their engagement and wedding day has been! Keep scrolling to see their wedding day unfold, on what was supposed to be a very rainy day in the end of May! (Spoiler Alert: not a single drop of rain that I can remember!)
I loved the fun & personal gifts Chelsie shared with her bridesmaids, and I adored watching her flower girls receive something they each LOVED! Selah and Emma were so excited about their unicorn hoodie and SHARK! Check out how cute they are:
Josh & Chelsie had their "first look" under the tree in her beautiful backyard. She walked right up and kissed him on the cheek. It was so sweet to see his reaction and how much he adores her!
Brothers.... you gotta love 'em!!
Gahhh! Aren't they adorable??! Another thing I loved about their wedding day was the relaxed timeline. Brides, the more time you can give yourselves the more enjoyable your day will be! Always over-estimate the time you'll need for getting ready, for portraits, and to eat. It allows for more photos, more creativity, more joy, and helps cover any unforeseen circumstances!
When we arrived at the church venue there was a beautiful lunch prepared for the bridal party & family. It was so pretty I had to photograph it! Here are some peeks at what went on behind-the-scenes before the ceremony.
After the First Dances, Josh & Chelsie had a surprise planned for their guests. They were VERY entertaining with their LIP SYNC of "Start of Something New" as performed by Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens in Disney's "High School Musical." So fun!
What a day!! Josh & Chelsie, I couldn't be happier for the two of you and your families. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your amazing wedding day. I look forward to seeing your new life together unfold! -Nikki
Photography: Awakened Light Photography, LLC
Venue: Rochester Christian Church
Hair & Makeup: Salon Bliss
Custom Engagement Ring: Jared's
A note to friends & family: The images above have been compressed and are not recommended for printing. If you would like copies of these photographs, or would like to view additional photos, please feel free to ask the couple for a link to their full online gallery from which you are able to order high-quality prints. All images are copyrighted material and cannot be used for commercial purposes without written consent by Awakened Light Photography. Thank you! -Nikki ©2018 Awakened Light Photography, LLC
Nikki Schuler specializes in wedding & portrait photography and is the owner of Awakened Light. Her award-winning work has been featured in several publications. She enjoys instructing photography workshops and resides with her husband & 4 children in a cozy vintage farmhouse in Oxford, Michigan.