When Chelsea and Hayden Evans were picking a location to hold their wedding ceremony, it was evident that Broadway United Methodist Church was the perfect choice for the couple.
“That church has always been a special place to us and holds so many memories,” Chelsea said.
Both Chelsea and Hayden had attended the Purchase Area Chrysalis Flight at Broadway United Methodist around the age of 15.
“We got married at the exact location that we first saw each other,” Chelsea marveled about the special memory.
Purchase Area Chrysalis Flight is a three-day spiritual renewal time for teens and young adults. And although Chelsea and Hayden didn’t know each other at the time, the two both stayed involved in the Chrysalis community and continued to volunteer within it.
“Finally, when we were 19, we decided to pursue each other and have been inseparable ever since,” Chelsea said of their relationship.
But Broadway United Methodist Church held even more memories for Chelsea and Hayden than the story of how the two met. The church has been an integral part of Chelsea’s life, intertwining beautiful pieces of her story together for many years.
“Another reason Broadway Methodist is so special is because of my dad,” Chelsea shared. “He passed away in 2011. But he prayed over me and spent special times with me there throughout the years that I was involved in the Chrysalis community. So, having my wedding there made me feel like my dad was truly present.”
Chelsea most certainly carried the beautiful memories of her dad, Robert Robinson, in her heart as she said “I Do” to Hayden. But on their special day, within the walls of this memorable church, the couple incorporated meaningful memorabilia into the wedding décor to remind their guests of those who weren’t able to physically be present that day.
For instance, a picture of Chelsea’s dad, supported by a boxwood wreath, was displayed on the front pew in the sanctuary. Chelsea also donned the wedding ring that her dad presented her mother over 25 years ago. Also, her bouquet was wrapped in a pendant which held a picture of Chelsea and her dad within it.
“There is no doubt in my mind that my dad was so proud as my mom walked me down the aisle. It was the perfect way to honor him,” Chelsea said.
At the reception, guests mingled at Walker Hall and enjoyed a delightful cocktail hour while waiting for the arrival of the newlyweds. One of Chelsea’s favorite memories from the reception was the special first dance that she and her mom shared to Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does.”
“She has always been my best friend, and having that special moment with her is something that I will never forget,” Chelsea said of the precious dance with her mom. “Hayden and his mother shared a special moment, too, as they danced to Shinedown’s rendition of ‘Simple Man.’”
However, one of the most special dances was the anniversary dance, where Hayden’s grandparents were announced as the couple that had been married the longest at 60 years.
“’Tennessee Whiskey’ played as everyone celebrated them. It was a sweet, humbling moment for Hayden and I. We have always respected how they have fought for their marriage and we can only hope that we are given the opportunity to spend 60+ years together as well,” Chelsea said.
Bride: Chelsea Evans • Photographer: Rachael Houser Photography • Videographer: 24th Frame Filmworks • Wedding Gown: Chrislyn's • Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse and Tux • Catering: Walker Hall Events Center • Transportation: VIP Services • Hair: Anna Denton of Professional Choice • Makeup: McKell Hillebrand • Rehearsal Dinner Location: Walker Hall • Ceremony Location: Broadway United Methodist Church - Paducah, KY• Reception Location: Walker Hall • Event Décor and Design: All Things Prim and Proper • Band: Chad Day - Have a Nice Day Mobile Productions • Floral Design: Deineise Burgess • Wedding Coordinator: Courtney Smith • Cake: Karen Mathis