Our love story…

Colin and I met in high school. We are both from Chico, and he was friends with my older sister’s boyfriend. We always had an eye for each other but our lives went different directions. Colin went into the Marine Corps after high school and was stationed in 29 Palms. Colin was on his last leave home in 2013 when we ran into each other at the gym. He asked me on a date, and we ended up spending the next few days together, having a great time! 

AE Bride Taylor Rosa (wearing mermaid train dress) and groom Colin Rodgers smile at each other in a brick dome entryway in Chico, CA.

A month later, Colin flew me to Las Vegas for his last Marine Corps ball. We had the time of our lives. Then, another few months later, Colin moved back home. We both were in college and working towards our goals together. Now, we own a home in Chico with our dog Porter and are working on building a life we love! 

Bride and groom are blurred in the background, kissing and holding out a bouquet of green and white flowers in the foreground

Always Elegant Bridal made finding my dress a breeze! The stylists made me feel beautiful, as if I were with friends helping me find my perfect dress! They listened to my ideas and found exactly what I needed. I have recommended them to many other future brides to be. 

Always Elegant bride Taylor Rogers admires her dress in a bedroom window in Chico, CA.

A mother buttons a bride's wedding dress in a bedroom window in Chico, CA.

Bridesmaids in sage green robes sit on a bed in Chico, CA, admiring a baby

Bridesmaids in sage green robes have their arms around one another on a balcony in Chico, CA

AE Bride Taylor Rogers/Rosa signals for the photographer to "hush" as she sneaks behind her groom.

Groom Colin Rodgers grins as bride Taylor Rosa presents her first look in Chico, CA

Bride Taylor Rosa and groom Colin Rogers embrace during a wedding first look in Chico, CA

Bride Taylor Rosa pops and sprays champagne at the camera while bridesmaids laugh in Chico, CA

Four bridesmaids laugh wile lifting up groom Colin Rogers in Chico, CA

Four groomsmen in brown suspenders and sage green bowties lift up bride Taylor Rosa in Chico, CA

Bridesmaids in sage green and groomsmen in navy blue make silly and excited poses around the couple on a lawn in Chico, CA

Something that made my venue and celebration special is that we were married in my dad’s backyard here in Chico, which made everything feel very intimate and comfortable.

I think having it there also made all of our guests feel right at home. 

A wedding welcome table displays an "unplugged ceremony" notice and wooden initial seal for guests to sign in Chico, CA

A chalkboard sign reads, "welcome to our wedding" "Mr. & Mrs. Rogers" in Chico, CA

White tablecloths are decorated with beige table runners and floral arrangements in a Chico, CA backyard wedding

A wedding table setting includes a tree trunk cross-section, a wooden table number, and a bouquet in a mason jar in a Chico, CA backyard wedding

Taylor Rosa and Colin Rogers say their wedding vows in a Chico, CA backyard with a dance floor below and white lanterns above.

The memory I will cherish most is probably the couple of times that Colin and I went out of our way to stop and slow down, look around, and truly appreciate how fortunate we are to be surrounded by everyone that we have grown with and love from the bottom of our hearts. It was such a special and humbling experience being celebrated and surrounded by all of your closest family and friends and appreciating this once in a lifetime moment.

Bride and groom, Taylor and Colin, pose with their families at a backyard circular altar with a white floral arrangement.

Always Elegant Chico Norcal bride kisses groom under circular ladder altar with white floral arrangement

Always Elegant Chico, CA bride Taylor Rosa pins boutonniere on groom Colin Rogers under a circular altar

A Marine Corps pin and a white boutoneirre on groom Colin Rogers' lapel in Chico, CA backyard wedding

Groom and father of the bride wearing blue embrace in Chico, northern California backyard wedding

Always Elegant Chico, CA bride poses with father under wooden circular altar with white floral arrangements in backyard wedding

Bride and groom laugh at a table while a groomsman gives a speech to the wedding crowd

Bride and groom laugh while groom's mother gives a speech, accompanied by father who holds up posters with pictures of the groom

Grooms father holds up a poster with pictures of the groom throughout his life in backyard wedding Chico, CA

I also really loved dancing with my Dad. He is not a very emotional guy and he broke down on my shoulder and cried and it was a very special moment for the two of us. 

Always Elegant Chico, CA bride Taylor Rosa reaches for a hug during a first look with her father in the aisle

Bride Taylor Rosa dances with her father under string lights in backyard Norcal chico wedding

Taylor Rosa and Colin Rogers share a first dance as newlyweds in Chico, CA backyard wedding

My advice for brides to be would be to slow down (as hard as that may be) and embrace the hustle and bustle of wedding planning and remember how sacred and special of a time this is in your life! 

Always Elegant bride Taylor and her groom Colin fill up their plates with catering from The Foodie Cafe in Chico, CA backyard wedding

Always Elegant Bride Taylor Rosa kisses her groom on dance floor in backyard Norcal Chico wedding with dress train pinned up

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your guests aren’t going to remember what the place settings looked like, what is on every sign, the placement of everything, or the table decor; they’re going to remember the look on you and your honey’s faces and the great memories they get to forever cherish with you! And that is priceless and irreplaceable. 

Always Elegant Bride Taylor Rosa and her groom Colin smile at the camera as they share a first dance under string lights

Always Elegant Bride Taylor Rosa and Groom Colin Rogers lick Shubert's ice cream cones in Chico, CA backyard wedding

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for everything you guys did for me for my special day! I am forever thankful.

AE bride Taylor and groom Colin smile at each other under white neon sign with their last name Rogers in Chico, CA backyard wedding

Always Elegant Bride Taylor Rosa kisses groom Colin Rogers on sidewalk in Chico, CA

Photographer: World Love Weddings (Trevor Claverie)  |  Wedding Dress: Always Elegant Bridal  |  Wedding Dress Designer: Lillian West | Ice cream: Shubert’s  |  Florist: Flowers by Rachelle  |  Planner and DJ: Easy Events  |  Caterer: The Foodie Cafe AKA Chico Catering Company  |  Rentals: We Do Designs