Chelsea and Matthew September 22, 2019

A Red and White Wedding for Mr. and Mrs. Werner

Chelsea and Matthew have a beautiful and sweet love story: they met at a party when they were 16 and have been practically inseparable ever since. So, when it came time to take their relationship to the next level, these lovebirds had a beautiful wedding, complete with a romantic red color scheme.

The wedding featured gorgeous decor in varying shades of red and white. The Piazza Toscana (our outdoor wedding venue) was decorated in white and red roses and baby’s breath, with a red aisle and red flower petals floating in the courtyard fountain. 

Chelsea’s bridesmaids wore long, burgundy dresses, while Matthew and the groomsmen (plus one “bridesman”) wore sharp blue suits and burgundy ties. As for Chelsea? She was a vision in her strapless Vera Wang gown, complete with a diamond-studded belt, a full train, and flower petal appliques along the skirt.

The ceremony was simple, heartfelt, and sweet; the couple exchanged rings and vows of love, while their officiant reminded them that “love never fails.” They also participated in a wine box ceremony, during which Chelsea and Matthew sealed love letters and a bottle of wine in a box (which they’ll open on their next anniversary). Before long, it was time for Matthew to kiss his bride, and Mr. and Mrs. Werner were officially wed (yay)!

After the wedding, guests moved indoors to get the party started. The evening started with the couple’s first dance (set to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz). Chelsea also shared a dance with her father to Dale Watson’s “Daughter’s Wedding Song,” Matthew and his mother danced to “Back to Life” by Rascal Flatts, and finally guests were invited to the dance floor for a special anniversary dance.

Next, it was time for speeches and a delicious dinner: Cesar salad, flat iron steak, grilled mahi mahi, twice baked potatoes, and fresh steamed veggies.

Once everyone was full, guests mingled, danced, and celebrated Chelsea and Matthew’s love. Everyone seemed to have a great time — and at the end of the night, guests received a special candle to mark the occasion, decorated with photos of the couple.  

Photography by Cyndi Hardy Photography