There are so many defining moments in life that make up who we are as individuals and as couples. We are defined through the life that we live as it writes our story. Of course, a good story should have a few plot twists and romance. The romance that we are speaking about today is the marriage between two wonderful people who found one another amidst all the noise and the subplots their stories and came together, at first over long distance, and today, owning a home together just minutes from one of their favorite places in the entire world, Purdue University.
You’ll remember, from their engagement, that Chelsea and Kylee matched on Tinder a few years back while Kylee was in town for a work function while living in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple traversed the many miles many times to see one another during their time apart and just when it felt like it would never end, Kylee’s company allowed her to work remotely in Indiana after their engagement.
Planning a wedding is challenging but the love for one another, I believe, carries us through to the finish line and later on, down the aisle. Fast forward to October 19, 2019 at Ross Ade Stadium, the football stadium at Purdue University in West Lafayette, and we find Kylee and Chelsea preparing for their best day together. Of course, no wedding day would be complete without a half marathon, am I right? Well, perhaps that didn’t happen on my wedding day, but these ladies both ran and completed the Purdue Half Marathon hosted on the morning of their wedding day. Along with many of their bridesdudes and bridesmaids, who completed varying aspects of the race as well, these ladies were in the finest of company as they began their day.
Purdue’s school colors are black and gold, so naturally, hosting their wedding at Purdue, being Purdue Alumni, and attending absolutely every home game that they possibly can, they chose their wedding colors to be black and gold. The perfect and classic touches of these colors together enhanced the already beautiful space of the Stadium banquet areas and brought together the themes of college pride and the love for family and friends.
Both women shared personal vows that attest to their love and dedication to one another. Chelsea shared to Kylee, “And most of all, I promise to love you openly, fiercly, and forever. In all of the ways, on all of the days.” and Kylee promised to Chelsea, “Mostly, I promise to make every day with you an adventure, to love you madly and fiercely, and to always remember that love should never be mediocre.” They shared, on their shared Instagram @chelsandky that they wrote their own vows because there are so many feelings between them and that a personal touch just continued making their day absolutely perfect.
The day was perfect for the two ladies, who enjoyed a flour free torte from my favorite local bakery and sweet shop, Sweet Revolution Bake Shop in downtown Lafayette, Indiana and of course the tastiest chocolate bourbon macaroons. Their first look was shared next to the famous Purdue football field and gave me so many feels and chills while going through their images again. The way that these two looked at one another with such love and adoration is just another testament, of many, of why they should spend the rest of their lives with one another.
The reception hosted the Shamy Mule, as the house cocktail, served to the brides in moscow mule mugs (of course!). As the evening continued, the dance floor grew and grew as Audio Inferno’s David Schuck kept the beats rolling and the dance floor moving. The ladies even shared a mutual bouquet toss to the crowd before ending the first part of their evening with a beautiful glow stick send off. Afterward, the party moved away from campus to their favorite campus bar, Harry’s Chocolate Shop, a once upon a time chocolate and ice cream parlor, founded in 1919 that later moved to the edge of campus in the late 30s and later gained its edge and notoriety by replacing ice cream with beer!
The brides’ advice to future couples:
“Be flexible! I like the idea of going into it already expecting timelines to be moved around and plans to be changed. Start working on the guest list and collecting addresses and emails as soon as you possibly can. Having our guest list close to finalized very early made a lot of things easier for us. Make sure you have someone lined up as a point person for questions on the day of the wedding. People are bound to have questions, and if they have someone else they can go to it’s a big load off your shoulders.”
Chelsea and Kylee, thank you for choosing me to capture your best day. You two share a love that is open, honest, and wonderful. I am proud to call you two my new friends and know that your marriage will stand strong and resolute for always. I know that each day will be an adventure because you are both always up for an adventure and a beer or an iced chai tea.
Makeup: Libby Witham