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Chelsea Petaja, Nashville Vendor: Hair Accessories Website: Oh My Deer! About Me: "Oh, My Deer!" was born out of a love for play-on-words and getting my hands dirty. I live in Music City USA in a little loft with brick walls, concrete floors and my husband. I teach Visual Arts at a Montessori school that grows organic vegetables and composts nearly everything. It satisfies the hippie in me. I make flowers and feathers for your hair that I hope make you feel beautiful. Sometimes I make drawings and invitations for your eyes. And then that leaves everything in between that I pretend to know how to do.
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Our Wedding Day

December 5th, 2008 @ 5:00 pm by Chelsea Petaja @ Oh My Deer

Fast-forward through two and a half years of dating, and Tec and I were standing in a barn in the countryside of Tennessee, singing hymns, walking down aisles, pledging vows, and kissing the bride!  From the get-go, our vision of the Big Day was in sync, and after we made the big decisions (photographer, location… and dress!) everything else just fell into place. It also helped that we agreed that our only splurge would be the photographer.  Go figure, right?  Ha.  (FYI, my husband is a wedding photographer.  There was really only one option for him: Jose Villa.)  We knew that if we had someone making our day look as epic as it actually was, we would get creative and work out the relatively tight budget accordingly.  And with tons of sweat and love from our friends and family, a beautiful day full of love and romance and memories was pulled off.  I truly can’t imagine it having been any more “us”.

All images by Jose Villa


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36 Responses to “Our Wedding Day”

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gwyneth colleen

i love everything about your wedding…and the photographs are marvelous!

 
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jesi haack weddings

so unique and breathtakingly adorable. I love it.

 
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Mrs. Penguin

This is going to sound kind of funny, but a friend sent me your wedding once (I forget from which blog) talking about how gorgeous it was, and I remember saying to her, “Oh, that’s a fake wedding, I think it’s for a photographer’s workshop. It is too perfect to be real.”

I just sent her this link and she said, “Hey, dummy, I sent you that wedding and you said it was fake!”

Needless to say, your wedding was too good to be true! So beautiful!

 
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flights of fancy

I’ve seen this wedding on Jose Villa’s blog and when I first saw it, I thought ‘this couple is so gorgeous, this must be a staged photo shoot for a magazine!’ Absolutely stunning. Well worth the splurge!

 
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Michelle@My wedding report

Your wedding was so gorgeous. I’ve seen it featured on a few blogs before this and can’t help but just drool every time. You guys seem like a beautiful couple!

 
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Miss Hot Cocoa

I have been in love with your wedding photos ever since I saw them on Jose’s blog. The bike get-away photo is my favorite, though with such gorgeous photos, it’s hard to choose just one.

 
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honeymyheart

i love your style and the details. great photos :) jose villa rocks!

 
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Excited for Change

I love everything about your wedding!! Wow! Jose did a wonderful job capturing every beautiful moment. I am at awe!!

I meant to ask about the shoes. I am looking for that shade of yellow for my wedding where did you get it? If you don’t mind me asking.

 
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Kate Duval

The yellow shoes and striped socks blow me away…love love love ‘em!

 
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susan

Hi, Please post where you got your dress from. Absolutely gorgeous.

 
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Mrs. Bee

like straight out of the pages of a martha stewart weddings magazine!

susan — i believe it is claire pettibone.

 
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angel swanson

i adore every single thing about your wedding! i have to know where you got your cute yellow shoes. i heart ankle straps!! xoxo

 
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Betsy

Oh my….what a gorgeous couple! Your wedding looks like the absolute wedding of my dreams. You have perfect taste. So extremely lovely!

 
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Vivian

beautiful! just beautiful! looks like you guys stepped out of catalog!

 
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Jessica

I love the rings! Among other things. Who is the designer?

 
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Latrice

Very beautiful day! Thanks for sharing!

 
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chelsea {oh, my deer!}

geeeeeez, guys! thanks so much for being so so sweet. i love hearing that you guys loved our wedding day nearly as much as we did! ha.

and ps–the shoes are a great story: i bought them at “ross” (like the ‘dress for less’ store) for $14.99! i told you we were on a budget! ;)

pps–yes, the dress is a claire pettibone. another good story: it was way out of our price range, so after trying it on and falling in love with it, the women at the boutique (kelly’s closet in atlanta; go go go!) said that if my husband would come and photograph the claire pettibone trunk show they were having in a few weeks, they would take off a quarter of the price because they love to barter!

ppps–i’m not sure who the designer of the engagement ring is, but the wedding band is a tacori.

thanks again, for all your encouragement. y’all are the best.

-chelsea

 
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Kim

I must say that I think i have read every web-article that you have been a prat of and I think you are so beaufitul and that your wedding is amazing.
if you don’t mind me stealing some ideas form you..
WHERE did you get your dress/how much was it? Where did you get those amazing shoes.

 
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Mrs. Avocado

I have seen your wedding ALL OVER the web. I’m in awe of your gorgeousness, your handsome husband, that beautiful dress, the bright and cheery shoes, the bike shot, everything! Love love love your wedding!

 
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Mariana Maya Photography

WOW!!!
I love Jose Villa’s work.

And this is definitely one of my top Favorite weddings he has shot. I looooove your wedding cake its awesome and it’s a perfect compliment to your amazing shoes!!!

I loove shoes!! they are amongst my favorite things to shoot at wedding ( along with bouquets).

-Mariana

 
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Marcie

your dress is unbelievable!! it really was “epic”…perfectly described. I am in awe. fabulous.

 
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Jeana

AMAZING! You are a gorgeous couple….lots of unique elements.

 
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AliCherri1

You look stunning and I love your shoes!
You cake is similar to my inspiration cake :)

 
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susan

Hi, I love your dress and WANT your shoes. Do you mind posting who the shoes are by? I have to have them…

 
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Kiki

Ohhh!! Those shoes are perfect! Who are they by?? I am going to be stalking Ross outlets all over southern california if you dont tell!!!

 
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Josalyn

Beautiful!
I have been looking everywhere for a grey striped suit like that for my hubby-to-be. May I ask where he got it from?
Thanks!

 
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chelsea {oh, my deer!}

@Josalyn: Josalyn–The suit is from Express. He also tailored the suit to make it more “smooth” as he says. ;)

 
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Ris

the mantilla veil is exactly what I have been searching for….can you share the maker?

gorgeous

 
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{chelsea} oh, my deer!

@Ris: thanks ris! unfortunately the only thing i know about the veil is that it was bought at a boutique in nashville when they were having a huge sale… the boutique is called “village bridal” and it was bought for my sisters wedding in the fall of 2007. sorry i couldn’t be more help…

 
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Flights of Fancy » Photography Week I: A Few Things to Consider

[...] her blog post on Weddingbee Pro, Chelsea says: “We knew that if we had someone making our day look as epic as it actually was, we [...]

 
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Saskia

how did you attach the veil to your head, Chelsea ? Love your veil ! Gorgeous !

 
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Wedding Season « Why Are There So Many Blogs About Rainbows?

[...] My new vice was exacerbated by my friend who fancies herself a wedding planner emailing me fanciful wedding shoots every other day and suddenly I have the dress (but in all white) and the ring picked [...]

 
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Show Me a Woman Who Doesn’t Love a Deal… » Weddingbee PRO » The Wedding Blog

[...] wedding budget, so I’d kept myself on a strict $50 or less budget for shoes. Since our wedding would be mostly outdoors, I wanted wedges so that I wouldn’t aerate the lawns with my heels and [...]

 
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Michelle

Yes, Jose Villa is such a talented photographer! I love his creativity, style and unique eye for photo compositions. Thanks for the link! Will definitely have fun looking at his work.

 

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