The Couple: Chelsea & Nathan

Wedding Date: June 6, 2015

Photography by True Love Photo

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Nate and Chelsea were introduced by a mutual friend met shortly after attending college at Sacramento State. Once they met it was almost impossible to believe they never crossed paths in college. With their similar sense of humor, love for sarcasm and outdoor adventures, they soon became inseparable.

After 5 years of dating, Nate found the perfect time to propose. It was the evening that Chelsea and Nate moved in together. With boxes towering over them Nate stood there shaking and got down on one knee in the middle of a major mess. Chelsea was beyond surprised and finally understood why Nate was so excited all day.

The wedding planning soon began thereafter. Chelsea and Nate instinctively knew they wanted to marry in Sacramento, a city they met and fell in love. The choice was easy the second they viewed The Citizen Hotel, a perfect venue in the heart of their love story (and food wasn’t bad either).

What was the most amazing part of your day? The most amazing part of our wedding day was being around the friends and family we haven’t seen in what seemed like forever and meeting all our new family members. We both were so happy to spend the day with all of those we love; it meant so much to have everyone there to celebrate us and our wedding. We also still talk about the tasty ice cream bar and watching all the guests line up and slurp freshly made waffle cones. Ice cream is a huge part of our relationship.

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Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: The Citizen Hotel

Officiant: Ken L. Birks

Photographer: True Love Photo

Cake/Desserts: Rich’s Ice Cream Catering

Bridal Attire: Kinsley James Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nordstrom

Hair: Rochelle from Maverique Style House

Make-up: Shana Beals Makeup Artistry and Skin Studio

Invitations: Honey Paperie

Flowers: Flourish

DJ/Entertainment/Band: SJ’s Disc Jockey

Linen Rentals: Mimi & Co.

Honeymoon Location: Kauai

First Dance Song: “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey


Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? There is almost a video for just about anything DIY on youtube and for all levels of craftiness. Some things you can really do yourself like signage, place cards and centerpieces. Using candles in simple clear glass hurricanes can be an easy inexpensive table centerpiece. You can use more of your flower budget for larger statement pieces or a beautiful head table garland.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? I wish we had more time. You will hear it over and over again, but the day really goes way too quickly.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of True Love Photo.


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