Frazier Arms Museum | Part 2 | Sam + Chelsea
Swoon. We pick back up right as Chelsea's Dad, Dale, dries his eyes after a quiet moment with his daughter before walking her down the aisle. The processional had started and the staff at the Frazier was a bit nervous as Dale held Chelsea in the hallway for a bit too long. Sam admitted to being a bit concerned Chelsea wasn't coming down the aisle, but all was well. A few sweet last words from a proud father and she was on her way. We were all crying there for a minute. The rooftop ceremony was beautiful, breezy and filled with so much love and anticipation. Pastor Steve Boyd joined Sam and Chelsea in marriage before most of Simpsonville. It was a beautiful occasion. It was the sort of wedding we all hope to give our children. Filled with love and all the people who matter. Oh, and little balls of yellow daisies hanging from the chairs. Those were the first things she asked to see when she got to the museum. Love it.
Chelsea carried a bouquet of yellow flowers, as did her bridesmaids whose bouquets each carried a pink rose in remembrance of Chelsea's younger sister, Lacey. Oh, and her bridesmaids - there were three Ashley's and one of the best maid of honor speeches I've ever heard. Katie, Chelsea's cousin and maid of honor, thanked Chelsea for allowing her to take on such a task as she knew that had Chelsea's little sister still been with us, she would have walked down the aisle as her maid of honor. Incredible moment. Beautiful family. And on the groom's side, Sam's father was his best man. I just love, love that, too.
The food was amazing, the party was sweet and the love would have just made your heart swell. Folks milled around talking with one another, eating form the chocolate fountain and wishing Sam and Chelsea well. Just before the night was complete, we were all talking about their bubble exit that was about to happen and Chelsea just looked around and started to cry. Happy tears, of course. Overwhelmed by the greatness of finally being married to her best friend. And Sam kissed her quietly on the forehead. And she apologized for crying, because crying was silly and she had been able to keep it together all day. But really, it was perfectly Chelsea. She has the biggest, most gracious heart and in that moment her thankfulness was so very evident. It's quiet moments between two people that make my job the most incredible gift I could be given each day.
Sam and Chels - thanks so much for having our team join you on your big day. The whole experience was a gift. I can hardly wait to hear stories of your crazy job for years, to watch you bring home babies from the hospital and all over the world and to visit your new home. We share similar hearts, for sure, and I am so thankful to have been a part of your journey - both at Jen-Jen's when we were bitty and as you cried on your husband's shoulder. Enjoy!