How He Asked
During their five years together, visiting Estes Park and staying at the Stanley Hotel had become Chelsie and Brendan’s anniversary tradition. This tradition included taking a photo at their “spot” – a picturesque photo op that captures the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. When they arrived at their special spot, Brendan started to set up his tripod and camera. He told Chelsie that he wanted a few shots of her in front of a gorgeous tree, with the jagged peaks of the Continental Divide in the background. His “photo shoot” was actually a distraction while he was setting up a video recorder. Once the recording started, he joined Chelsie in the photo for a short embrace, followed by dropping down on one knee to propose! It was the perfect way to start their new adventure.
Married in Martina Liana
Chelsie’s sister found her dream wedding dress at The Bridal Collection a few years prior, making her confident she would also find “the one”. She requested Jordan, the bridal stylist who had helped her sister. Knowing that she would be tying the knot on the beach in Costa Rica, Chelsie wanted to find a dress that would look great on the beach. Jordan understood that “beachy” doesn’t necessarily mean bohemian. Chelsie wanted something more modern, but not lace. She wanted to feel like a bride at her destination wedding!
Chelsie immediately fell in love with the uniqueness of Martina Liana style number 756, the first dress she tried on. The juxtaposition of the classic, clean front with the glamorous, show-stopping back detail made her feel so beautiful. She tried on a few more dresses because she didn’t think she wanted a dress that was so form-fitting. However, dress after dress couldn’t compare to that Martina Liana. After trying it on one more time, she knew, then and there, that it was the dress she would be wearing when she married Brendan.
Here Comes The Bride
Chelsie and her groom opted to not do a first look, so they saw each other for the first time when she was walked down the aisle. In that moment, nothing mattered besides the love and commitment she felt towards her soon-to-be husband. “I couldn’t even tell you who was sitting where (which seemed like such a big deal at the time of planning but in the end didn’t matter). My eyes could only focus on the beaming man at the altar I was about to marry,” she said. The ceremony was even more special because Brendan’s aunt was the officiant. Before the wedding, Chelsie and Brendan had written the entire script, going over it more times than they can remember, but saying their vows to one another on their wedding day was incomparable. Chelsie says “there’s an indescribable excitement making those promises to your best friend, cemented by the presence of your loved ones.”
It was serendipitous that they read “I promise to love you when the sun shines and when the rain falls” on a rainy wedding day. To make things even more memorable, a sloth came down from a tree to observe the ceremony – which the guests could not believe! After they were pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds snuck away for a few moments alone to soak in the memories (which we highly recommend!). Then they joined their family and friends for a celebration they will never forget!
Dress: Martina Liana
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus
Photographer: Chloe Murdoch Photography
Drink signs/Tile Place Cards: Whimsy Design
Floral and Decor Design: Aimee Monihan, Tropical Occasions
Stylist/Make up: Mademoiselle Salon
Florist: Stylos y Flores
Rentals: Costa Mesa
Wedding Cake: Construcciones Dulce