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Eli & Chelsea New Hampshire Wedding

Even though I live in Northern Virginia I still take a few weddings back where it all began in New Hampshire. Chelsea and I have known each other since we were little kids. I don't know exactly when we had our first interaction but I can tell you it was definitely in church over 25 years ago. So when I found out she was engaged I made sure to let her know I was happy to take a trip to NH.


As Chelsea said in her vows, eHarmony may have been the vessel that brought them together but Jesus had his hand in every part of their coming together. After years of transformation and Jesus doing a work that only He can do in the lives of Eli & Chelsea their first meeting was nothing short of magical. Love at first date is definitely a thing. When you know, you know.


Their wedding day was at The Barn at Merry Hill in Nottingham, NH. A newer venue to New England, this red barn was the perfect backdrop for their day. Chelsea was so thoughtful in so many of the details of her wedding day and chose songs, words, and photos that meant the most to her including a wedding photo of her late grandmother and grandfather. Her something old, something new, something borrowed, and some blue brought together who she is now and the people in her life who helped form her into that woman.


Eli also gave his groomsmen a special gift to remember his late brother and give him a place on his wedding day. He quoted this verse from Habbakuk 3 "The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights."


This day was also filled with it's fair share of surprises. Eli wrote a song for Chelsea that he sent to her on their wedding day and wrote a note that brought her grandmother to tears. But one of the best and maybe funniest moments of the day was when Chelsea's younger brother grabbed the microphone from the DJ and sang the entirety to of "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain for everyone and pretty much rocked it!


Many prayers were prayed, many eyes were filled with tears and lips filled with smiles. It was a day that many had long awaited and yet it still felt so soon! The beauty and awe of God was on display in and through them and I know their marriage will be filled with many years of blessings as they trust the Lord to be their strength.


Congratulations Mr & Mrs Koester!


Bride's Wedding Details
Black & White photo of bride's dress with grandparents wedding photo
White bridal bouquet with wedding rings

Family heirlooms at wedding
Wedding shoes and jewelry
Bride's wedding dress hanging in a window

Wedding details
Bride with her bridesmaids before the wedding
Bride with her mom and grandma before wedding
Bride & mom looking in the mirror
Bride with her hair and makeup artist

Bride holding phone with song the groom wrote for her
Bride details with video of groom

Bride's mom helping with the dress
Bride's mom helping with the dress

Mom & Grandma with bride before wedding
Bride with mom before wedding
Bride with grandma before wedding

Mom & grandma's hands on bride
Grandma putting necklace on bride
Mom putting ring on bride

Grandma putting necklace on bride

Bride portrait in black & white in front of windows
Bridal portrait in front of windows

Bridesmaids first look at bride
Bridesmaids first look at bride
Bridesmaids first look at bride

Bridesmaids hugging bride
Bridesmaids helping bride with dress
Bride reading letter

Bride in sunglasses with her bridesmaids
Bride reading letter

Bride's letter from the groom
Groom helping Dad with his tie
Groom buttoning up his jacket
Dad helping groom with his tie
Groom putting watch on Dad
Groom putting watch on groomsmen
Groom opening gift from bride

Groom reading letter from bride
Groom looking at pictures from bride
Groom reading letter from bride

Groom wearing watch from bride
Groom laughing

Some of the many prayers that were prayed...

Bride & groom praying before wedding
Bride & groom praying before wedding
Bride & groom holding hands
Bride with bridesmaids hands in prayer
Groom kissing bride's hand
Bridesmaids praying for bride
Outdoor wedding ceremony with white chairs
Cross with greenery
A cord of three strands at wedding

Bride walking down the aisle with Dad
Groom crying with Dad's hand on shoulder
Groom crying
Groom crying as bride walks down the aisle

Bride walking down the aisle with her Dad
Bride walking down the aisle with her Dad
Bride walking down the aisle with her dad

Groom looking at bride during ceremony
Bride looking at groom during ceremony

Bride looking at mother during ceremony
Bride saying her vows to groom

Bride saying her vows to groom
Groom saying his vows to bride

Bride & groom laughing during ceremony
Bride putting ring on groom's finger
Bride & groom tying cord of three strands
Bride & groom tying cord of three strands

Bride & groom laughing during ceremony
People praying over bride & groom
Bridal party praying over bride & groom
People praying over bride & groom
Bride & groom first kiss
bride & groom first kiss

Bride & groom laughing during ceremony
Bride & groom at ceremony
Bride & groom walking down the aisle
Bride & groom walking down the aisle
Bride & groom walking down the aisle
Bride & groom kissing in the middle of the aisle
Bride & groom kissing with bridal party
Bride & groom with bridal party
Bride & groom with bridal party
Bride with bridesmaids
Bride dancing with bridesmaids
Groomsmen talking

Groomsmen walking

Bridesmaids walking with bride

Groom walking with groomsmen

Bride & groom in black and white
Bride & groom portrait

Bride & groom portrait
Bride & groom looking at each other

Groom kissing bride's forehead

Bride & Groom portrait
Groom kissing bride's forehead

Bride & groom dancing in black and white
Bride & groom outdoor portrait

Bride & groom dancing at reception
Bride & groom kissing at reception

Bride & groom dancing at reception

Bride & groom dancing and laughing













Bride & brother dancing
Bride's parents dancing at reception
Bride & groom at reception
Bride & groom during speeches
Bride & groom during speeches
Bride & father dance
Bride & father dance

Bride & Father dance
Bride dancing
Groom & mother dancing
Groom & mother dancing

Bride & groom cutting cake
Bride dancing at reception
Groom & mother dancing at reception
Bride & groom kissing and eating cake
Bride with friend at reception
Bride & groom kissing on dance floor
Man dancing at wedding

Bride & groom singing at wedding
Brother of the bride singing at wedding

(He hit the high note in the bridge with no problem!)

Bride & groom kissing with lightsabers

And when you get married on Star Wars Day it's only fitting you leave with lightsabers!

Bride & groom kissing with lightsabers in the dark


Congratulations Eli & Chelsea!



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