Any wedding that has goats and/or paper cranes automatically gets an A+, but when you add in some stuffed animal versions of the stomach-bursting and face-eating aliens from Alien, you reach a whole new wedding level. Then there was hula hooping and one very charming ring bearer and also an entirely gluten free food truck (thanks, Deli-icious!) and a wedding party who looked damn good all in different “costumes” that Chelsea had picked out. Austin shaved his head. The wedding guests sat down in their seats for the ceremony but then got rained out, left their seats, only to come back like 10 minutes later when the rain stopped. There was a bagpiper and an alpaca. And the DJ played “Space Oddity” and “Birdhouse in Your Soul.” There were gummy bears too. The wedding exit involved whipping the bride and groom with Jiu Jitsu belts. And there was not just a regular goat but a baby goat.

Yet, even if the above things hadn’t happened and Chelsea and Austin would’ve just gotten married in a little patch of grass somewhere, it would’ve been just as charming and lovely because Chelsea and Austin are two amazing people. They love each other a lot, and it shows. They’re fun. And happy. But you know what? The goats and everything were seriously awesome so I’m blogging it all.

  • Date: September 3, 2016
  • Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chapel Hill Carriage House // Chapel Hill, NC
  • First Dance Song: “The Book of Love” – Magnetic Fields
  • Chelsea’s Occupation: Whole Foods grocery stocker
  • Austin’s Occupation: Physical Therapist
  • How You Met: College. I asked Austin if he could fix my computer. He couldn’t. I let that slide.
  • Interesting Fact: We both do Jiu Jitsu. We have been together 11 years. Austin is a ninja. Chelsea knows American Sign Language and is a freelance costume designer.
  • Vendor Credits: Officiant –Rabbi Marc Kline. DJ – Kate Steiman. Cake – The Cupcake Bar. Food Trucks – Porchetta, Chirba Chirba Chinese Dumplings, and Deli-icious. Videographer – Alex Maness. Coordinator – Lynn Scott of Happily Ever After. Chapel Hill Carriage House Owner – Brenda Leeper.