“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams” –Dr. Seuss
Daniel and I became engaged July 17, 2017 at Lake Lure just outside of Asheville, NC where we were taking a summer holiday. Daniel proposed on this beautiful flowering bridge overlooking the lake. To our surprise, my mom and dad flew into Asheville to congratulate us on our engagement! Daniel and I drove from Lake Lure to the Inn on Biltmore estate to meet up with my parents and it was such an unexpected treat to be able to share such a milestone in my life with my dear loved ones. As we were all enjoying a glass of wine on the veranda, a comment was made about what a beautiful location for a wedding it would be. My father was always so adamant that we get married in Oklahoma, but to my dismay- he agreed! As a more perfect spot could not be replicated anywhere else. My father was always so proud of what a gentleman Daniel’s parents raised and was pretty impressed when Daniel drove all the way from Charleston, SC to Raleigh, NC simply for a lunch meeting and to ask for my hand in marriage!
5 Favorite Moments
1 Of course the “First Look” is always magical, especially overlooking the vista at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Ultimately, my favorite was when I was walking down the aisle and seeing Daniel choke up.
2 When it was discovered at the Inn, that the groomsmen could see the bride from their first floor patio into the bride’s third story window! My soon to be mother in law started playing charades with the boys from the window trying to get them to scurry. It was hilarious!
3 During the ceremony, Daniel interrupted the officiant several times, jumping the gun and shouted: “I DO” before the officiant was even ready! He was so excited!
4 Daniel loved stomping on the chuppah. To his dismay- that was the last time he ever gets to put his foot down!
5 As soon as it was time for the garter toss my brother went running!
*Bonus: Mary Bell stole bean bags from a completely oblivious couple playing corn-hole and making a racket during the ceremony. Mary was amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better companion for our special day.
Bride: Chelsea Coffey | Groom: Daniel Chester | Bridal Consultant & Wedding Planner: Mary Bell Events | Photographer: Corey Cagle | Hair & Makeup: Joanna with Powder Me Pretty | Florist: Flower Gallery of Asheville | DJ: Spintastic Sounds | Venue: The Venue | Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Tim Lolley | Ceremony & Cocktail. Hour Musicians: Ron Clearfield (duet) | Baker: Biltmore Estate | Transportation: Elite