Local Couple Weds In Laid-Back Ceremony with Shabby-Chic Elegance

Family keepsakes and eclectic decor made for the perfect day for this couple.

Photographs Courtesy of Steph Keller Photography

Chelsie Parker never thought much about her wedding day before Adam Hegge popped the question, so planning the big event, she had only one rule: It had to be unique. “I’m a laid-back person, so I just wanted something different and simple,” she says.

And that’s just what she got. To have total freedom to decorate as they pleased, the couple chose The Prickel Barn in Verona, Kentucky, and landed on a vintage, “shabby-chic yet elegant” theme, as Chelsie describes it, using mismatched china, silverware, and teacups to meet their strict budget. Vintage sofas were even placed around the reception area to give guests a comfortable place to relax during the reception. “Nothing matched, but in a really cool way,” Chelsie says.

Photographs Courtesy of Steph Keller Photography

When looking around for the right venue, Chelsie had her priorities straight, making sure she could bring two special guests: her dogs. “When we found the barn, one of my questions was, ‘Can I bring my dogs?’ I really wanted them there to celebrate the day with us,” she says. The two pups wore collars of greenery and flowers to match Chelsie’sbouquet and frolicked with guests throughout the ceremony. “They’re family to us,” she says. “They are as big a part of our lives as anyone else, and they had a great time running around.”

Two other important family members were also honored at Chelsie’s and Adam’s wedding: Adam’s grandmother, whose diamonds were placed into Chelsie’s custom engagement ring, and Chelsie’s great-grandmother, Momaw Boots, who passed away five years prior. “My mom gave me a handkerchief from her, and I had it wrapped on my bouquet,” she says. “I know she was there in spirit, but having something from her just made it perfect.”

While Chelsie took a front seat in wedding planning, Adam wanted to give her the day of her dreams. “He let me choose what was important to me,” she says. “The wedding exceeded his expectations, too. You don’t realize how many people love you until that day.”

And with a wedding party of 19, Chelsie and Adam certainly had a lot of people to share that love with. “In my eyes, it was one of the most perfect days ever,” Chelsie says.

Click through our gallery to see more images from Chelsie and Adam’s wedding:

VENUE: The Prickel BarnFLOWERS: Swan FloralDECOR RENTAL: The Olde Guest House BoutiqueDJ: Chad Watt, McFadden MusicVIDEOGRAPHY: Patterson ProductionsCATERING: Buona Vita PizzeriaBRIDE’S HAIR: Blush SalonBRIDE’S MAKEUP: Makeup by LindsayINVITATIONS: CD&E Designs-InvitesGOWN: Maggie Sottero, Bridal and FormalCAKE: Mama C’s Buttercream & Sprinkles

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