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Real Wedding | Chelsea + Mac

Tell us a little about yourselves!

I’m the co-founder of Ceremony, and Mac and I live in Los Angeles now but met when we were kids in Oregon. We originally planned for our wedding to be in Bend (where we grew up) but had to cancel everything rather abruptly when the pandemic hit. We still very much wanted to get married, so decided to move forward with an extremely intimate ceremony with just two close friends and our photographers Kimberly + Raphael Molina from La Fin Weddings in attendance. We zoomed in our immediate families during the vows portion for them to be there with us. Although the day didn’t look anything like what we had originally planned, it was incredibly magical and most importantly, I married the love of my life.

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Tell us about your outfits.

When I first began planning my wedding back in 2019, I knew I wanted to wear a dress I could feel personally connected to, and that wouldn’t be just an extravagant, one-time purchase I’d wear for a few hours and then let collect dust in my closet forever. I unexpectedly discovered my grandmother’s dress, which was sewn by her great aunt and worn at her own wedding in November 1946, exactly 74 years before my own.

When I first slipped the dress on, it fit but needed a bit of a rework to bring it up to date. I had a general idea of silhouettes that I liked but knew I wanted the help of a designer to really reimagine it. I was familiar with LEIN Studio’s non-traditional approach to wedding attire, so Meredith, their founder and designer, was my first call. We began by sketching options of how we could modernize the shape of the dress by cutting out the back and removing the sleeves, all while keeping core elements of the original design and structure intact. What seemed like a simple change actually required a good amount of technical finesse (and many fittings) to find the perfect fit while preserving the details of the dress—like the neckline, the unique front cinch detailing, and the hand-sewn, satin covered buttons that lined the entire back.

As we were packing the night before our ceremony, I opened the trunk that had contained my grandmother’s dress one last time only to discover her original veil, which I’d somehow missed until that moment. It was a stunning, dramatic handmade crown sewn from the same fabric as the dress, embellished with tiny beads. We packed it with us, and I was able to wear the veil at our post-ceremony 'after-party' which was, admittedly, popping champagne with our closest friends while we made many Facetime calls with family.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Years before becoming engaged, I co-founded Ceremony and was therefore constantly surrounded by wedding culture. As a result, I had a pretty clear vision of what I thought I wanted but when faced with canceling our entire 150+ person gathering, neither of us wanted to wait another year or two to have the 'perfect wedding'. We knew we’d be able to make our day special, even if it were just the two of us. A big shift in overall planning, but at the event’s core, the values remained the same.

Photographer : Kimberly + Raphael Molina La Fin Weddings @lafinweddings | Ceremony Location : San Ysidro Ranch Montecito, CA @sanysidroranch | Flora : Gilly Flowers @gillyflowersla | Cake : Jenna Fuchser Baked on Rose @baked_on_rose | Bride's Outfit : Vintage, Grandmother’s wedding dress re-designed by Meredith Stoecklein of Lein Studio and my grandmother’s vintage veil + crown | Groom's Suit : Custom Lein Studio @lein_studio | Engagement + Wedding Rings : Ceremony | Bride's Shoes : LOQ @loq | Groom's Shoes : Ferragamo @ferragamo | Earrings : J. Hannah @j.hannah


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