Chelsey and Nick meet in dental school in Nebraska. They started dating after a two year friendship. And Nick proposed eight months later. (Chelsey says as soon as they started to date she knew she wanted to marry him).
After a year long engagement they got married in Chelsey’s home town of Pierre, South Dakota. Here’s the story of their sweet romance and wedding in Chelsey’s words.
How you knew he was the one: He is hands down the most amazing, honest and genuine person I know!
The proposal: Nick surprised me with a proposal over dinner a few days before his graduation. I also didn’t know he had traveled to South Dakota a week before to ask my father’s permission.
The ceremony: We had a beautiful wedding surrounded by family and friends in the church where my parents were married and where I was baptized and confirmed in Pierre, South Dakota.
The reception: My parents hosted our formal reception at the RiverCentre on the banks of the Missouri River in my hometown of Pierre, South Dakota, immediately following our church wedding. Waiters served 500 guests our signature drink “Sweet Lime Cocktails” as they arrived at the venue. The room was elegant with white table and chair covers accented with shimmering green napkins and chair sashes. Menu tents on the tables highlighted the dinner which included Sirloin Steak in Peppercorn Sauce and Parisian Chicken with Grilled Shrimp Skewers. We had lounge seating around the dance area and everyone had a blast getting down on the dance floor!
Chelsey’s favorite reception detail: I designed the centerpieces using cymbidium orchids, white asiatic lily’s and calla lily’s, candles and candelabra’s – they helped transform the room into an elegant and unique space. We cut down a big branch from an Aspen tree near Nick’s home in Wyoming, carved our names in it, and hung it at the entrance to the reception. We asked our guests to write us their adivice on note cards and hang them on our “love aspen”. It has been very special reading their notes. We got some great advice!
Advice for other brides My advice for a bride-to-be is to go with her mom to try on wedding gowns. It is an amazing experience to share. My mom actually cried when I put on my dress. What a special time! Also, remember the real reason of the day is about just the bride and groom as a couple celebrating their love, so try and not worry so much about the small, unimportant things.