She was on pretzels, and he was on drinks.
As a freshman at Penn State, it can sometimes be hard to get season tickets for football, but you can still get into the towering Beaver Stadium on football Saturdays and be a part of the game day experience if you’re willing to volunteer your time in the concession stand. Sure, you still have to watch the game on the televisions on the concourse, but at least when a big play unfolds and the stadium goes wild, you can feel the excitement rush the through the air and pulse through your bones. One particular Saturday, while the Nittany Lions took on the Syracuse Orange, Chelsea signed up to work the Navigators concession stand—both to get into the game, and to help raise funds for the campus ministry—and that’s where she met him. The boy working drinks. She noticed his bright blue eyes, his sweet humor and once or twice maybe even caught him stealing a glance her way. They chatted and bantered, and enjoyed the excitement of the 28-7 win over Syracuse, but at the end of the game, she left not even knowing his name. The nameless boy on drinks planted himself in her mind, and in her heart, for the rest of the afternoon, and that evening when she went to write in her journal, she proclaimed in ink that she had met her future husband, and he was the boy on drinks.
The story could have ended there, but of course if it did, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post right now. While Chelsea hadn’t caught his name, John had asked hers, and it didn’t take long for him to friend Chelsea on Facebook. Finally the boy on drinks had a name, and more importantly, a way of getting in touch with the girl on pretzels.
They spent the next four years living and loving together at Penn State, shining the light of their love as brightly as the lights at Beaver Stadium. Last weekend it was my absolute honor to get the chance to be a part of Chelsea and John’s amazing wedding celebration in State College. The weather was perfect, the details were beautiful, but what made the day so flawless was the way that Chelsea and John looked at each other, each time amazed and grateful that the person staring back at them would be theirs for the rest of their lives.
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Linton.
I am still in awe of how beautiful Chelsea’s ring is!
The journal entry that marked the very beginning.
Oh, Chelsea, you are a breathtaking bride.
Love this moment.
Caught this adorable face just after Chelsea slipped the ring on John’s finger! Love it!
Love this shot that Alison captured. I loooove my second shooters! Chelsea and John’s baby blue and red color palette was fantastic. Oh, and those stunning rose bouquets? Chelsea’s grandmother created them all!
Chelsea and her girls are SO much fun! And of course, the dapper boys.
An absolute five-star favorite. The light was so wonderful, and made for a fantastic portrait time with the newlyweds. While I grabbed this shot…
…Alison captured this one.
So much love…
And then it was time to party…
I went crazy for Chelsea and John’s cake. It doesn’t get much more summer than that!
The evening’s toasts were pretty phenomenal…
Earlystown Manor always seems to have the most spectacular sunsets!
I love a good sparkler exit :)
Congratulations, Chelsea and John! And thanks so much to the wonderful vendors who made their day happen:
Venue » Earlystown Manor, State College, PA
Catering and Rentals » Hoags, State College, PA
Invitations » Carlson Craft
Rings » Moyer Jewelers, State College, PA
Bridal Dress » David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dress » David’s Bridal
Mens’ Tuxes » Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup » Evolve Studio, State College, PA
Florals » Woodrings, State College, PA
Bakery » Delectable Delights, Centre Hall, PA
Wine and Beer » Mt Nittany Winery and WR Hickey, State College, PA
DJ » Trey Werley