Since our first meeting, the love between Chelsea and Sam has been such a joy to experience. The couple were introduced by mutual friends while attending University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with them at a favorite local spot, The Nest, and hearing their full love story.
Their shared love for music and the outdoors made them fast friends. They remained JUST FRIENDS (well, mostly) for almost five years. I say “mostly” as I have to share the small detail Sam admitted while they gushed over each other. He said, "I almost ruined our friendship by telling her I loved her freshman year, but I ended up taking it back." They both glowed as we all laughed at this distant memory. Those first five years were marked by all the singing they did together. They admitted everyone could see their chemistry, but most especially in those moments on stage. In Chelsea's words: "It was like, whoa!" Sam admitted he couldn't make eye contact with her for the longest time, because it would have just been too much.
In April 2015, they each found themselves single, and finally the timing was right. They began hanging out more and more, playing board and dice games became a favorite pastime. Sam was the best at Yahtzee! Chelsea admitted, "I am a turtle," in reference to her being cautious with any new relationship. After several months, Chelsea's mom convinced her to bring Sam as her date to her sister's wedding. At the wedding, Chelsea and Sam performed a song together and though they didn't say it, I think that was the moment they knew. Shortly after, they made their relationship official while at a beach in Bodega Bay. Their relationship was long distance for almost a year until Sam moved to Ventura. He rented his place with the intention of Chelsea living with him, but “turtle” Chelsea made him wait 6 months before she agreed.
During the next few years, Sam and Chelsea grew together as individuals, enjoying travel and connecting with similar values and goals. Sam shared, "From the beginning, I knew I'd end up with her." Sam always assumed they would get married. Chelsea, on the other hand, took some time to warm up to the idea. Luckily she did, and Sam proposed on the beach in 2016. Now both are so excited to embark on this journey, making their commitment to one another official.
Plans for their November wedding are really starting to come together. Picture it: picnic blankets, tacos, and plenty of music, all in the magnificent setting of Elings Park, Singleton Pavilion in Santa Barbara overlooking the beach. We love the intimate privacy of this location and cannot wait to enjoy celebrating Chelsea and Sam!
P.S. An extra huge congratulations, because Chelsea and Sam just purchased their FIRST HOME!!
Photography: Peter Dunn, White Sage Photography - contact us for more info!
Wedding Planner: White Sage Wedding & Events