Gatzke & McPherson Wedding
Chelsea Gatzke was set in her ways, with a regular daily routine consisting of going to work, going to the gym in her hometown of Sheridan and going home to her dog, a golden retriever, Pypir. “People at work always told me I needed to get out and do something to meet someone and I would just always roll my eyes,” she said.
One day, a friend asked her to join her at a gym in Benton and, seeing an opportunity to
get out of her normal routine and do something different, she thought “why not?” and agreed to go. Little did she know, the stars would align that day and she would meet the man of her dreams, Josh McPherson, of Bryant.
“We had never seen or heard of one another. I’ve lived in Sheridan all my life,” Chelsea said. “He added me on Facebook and got my number. We started talking a couple days after we first met. We talked on the phone for a few days, then hung out at his house. From the first day we hung out, we never missed another day — together ever since.”
The couple’s decision to get married was a mutual one; neither had doubts about the commitment.
“He wanted me to pick out my ring since I was the one that would be wearing it forever,” Chelsea said. “We picked out both of our rings, and that was it. So simple. Everything with Josh is so easy; it always falls into place.”
Josh has a son, Sawyer, 5, who also accompanied the couple on their first official date.
The big day: February 13, 2016 (also Chelsea’s 26th birthday)
Best Man and Maid of Honor: Dustin, Josh’s soon to be brother-in-law was Best Man and Diane, Chelsea’s aunt, was the Maid of Honor. “My aunt was the first person I told about us getting married. She was so excited and cried when I asked her to be my Maid of Honor,” Chelsea said.
The location: Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens. “It was all better than I could’ve dreamed. Exceeded my fairy tale wedding, by far,” Chelsea added.
The reception: The Regency. A meal of chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, salad and bread were served, coupled with tea, soft drinks and a full bar. The cake was four-tiers, with cream cheese icing and handmade, edible flowers.
The look: Shabby chic and very soft. Colors were pale pink, pale green, ivory and a small touch of navy. Vintage Mason jars were used as vases. “We only had three flower arrangements at the ceremony in the glass chapel; I didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty,” Chelsea said.
The dress: A dress by Maggie Sottero; simple, lacy, beading, vintage, ivory. “I got the dress in California with my Aunt Diane. It was one of the first ones I tried on, and we only went to one place. We knew it was the one,” Chelsea said.
Most unforgettable moment: The daddy/ daughter dance. The bride and her father danced to “Butterfly Kisses.” “We both cried and held each other tight the entire song. It was so special to me; I will never forget it. Makes me almost cry when I think it about it now,” Chelsea said.
The honeymoon: Snow-skiing in Breckenridge, Colo.
Band/DJ — Underground Jams
Caterer — Belle Arti
Rentals — Tuxedo from Men’s Warehouse
Photographer — Megan Wilson of Wildlight Creative