BLOG

Chelsi and Jake’s Vizcaya Wedding

16 Jan 2017, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Weddings
Chelsi and Jake's Vizcaya Wedding

He loves cars in need of love. She loves cats, especially hers. And they also happen to love each other. With that truth in mind (as well as so many other shared loves), it was time for Chelsi and Jake to tie this knot with a little help from the folks at Vizcaya!

These lovebirds returned to my fair city of Sacramento for their wedding day despite living their lives down in the deserts of Southern California. Now, I say “returned” because Chelsi had spent several of her last few years in college near Sacramento: years of study and years of dating a certain future husband. With the milestone of graduation in her rear view, these two moved away and into planning their coming wedding. Finally, that day had arrived.

Below you’ll see one wonderful day in the life of a kind, loving, and eager young couple who are most definitely better together:

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Evidently, Chelsi and Jake weren’t the only ones excited about the wedding day.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The spacious Vizcaya Pavilion was stunning and ready for wedded bliss.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Even the salt and pepper were dressed to the nines. Well, we may have put those rings there.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Lucky is the lady who has mom to help her prepare…

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

…And a few great friends for comic relief.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Their colors brought a pop to a chilly January afternoon.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Ready for the future. If only those boys would hurry up.

 

http://fitsandstopsphotography.com/wedding-photography/

‘Cause, you know, the boys were busy.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

That quiet moment alone. Covered in shaving cream.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Brian the Best Man. This is the “Don’t lose it, man” look.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Chelsi sneaking a peek before the first look.

 

http://fitsandstopsphotography.com/wedding-photography/

His first look at his lady in her finery.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Fresh from the first look.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Bridesmaid Kimberly looks on at the first look, lookingly.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Ladies.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Gentlemen.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Ladies and gentlemen.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Swooning ladies and gentleman?

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Behind the scenes.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Our hero. You can just hear Chelsi swooning off camera.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The lovely bride and the heroine of our story.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Waiting for her prince to come… I love how Vizcaya feels removed from urban craziness even though it is nestled in down Sacramento.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Better together.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Those nails!

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The touch of hand can settle all sorts of wedding day nerves.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

She had to find some way to stay warm.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Nope. No rain. Just a lovely flowing fountain out front at Vizcaya.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The time had come to set off for the ceremony.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The hardest, shortest walk for a dad to make…

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Fortunately, she was in good hands.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Low lights and plunging temperatures welcomed Chelsi and Jake into new life as husband and wife.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

“I do”.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

All the family we could bear to fit in one frame.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

And then off to cocktail hour.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Making time for guests from all over the country.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Making time to stay warm.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The doors were opened to the Vizcaya Pavilion, and the guests walked into warmth beneath this stained glass work of art.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

And yes, finally, the bride and groom came out of the cold to make their grand entrance. They’ve got each other’s back.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Making their way to their table for well deserved meal.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Turns out that someone had saved them a table…

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

…and a lovely meal.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Maid of Honor Jessica told it like it was during her sweet toast.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

And mom brought on the second round of toasting/roasting.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The wind up…

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

…and the pitch!

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Owning the floor with their first dance.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Voted “most likely to have the first dance of the night”.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

This lucky lady got a spin on the dance floor with our groom as well.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Backup dancers.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Grandma and Grandpa bring the comedy.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

My favorite pic of the night? Maybe.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

Shining bright.

 

Chelsi and Jake Snellen Wedding Photo

The happy beginning for Chelsi and Jake.

Chelsi and Jake, it was such a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day and to see you venture into life together. I can see that you’ve got some great family and friends to support you along the way, and of course, you’ve got each other. I pray that the road ahead is far greater than either of you have even imagined. Congratulations to you!


Why yes, we do photograph weddings at Vizcaya—and we get a kick out of it! Check out our wedding photography packages to see what we can work out for your wedding day!

  • Michele

    Wow really enjoyed the creativity and humor…great job!!. Where is mother of the groom….pictures please!!

    Reply
    • P.J. Oswald

      Thanks for the encouragement, Michele! And right you are…we could use a photo of Jake’s mom here. in fact, you’ll find one in the post now! Though you can reach out to the bride and groom if you’d like to see some more…

      Reply

Post a comment