- January 25, 2016
Chelsea Rodrique and Taylor Clegg have that fairytale, high-school-sweetheart kind of love story. The couple, who met while attending Cardinal Mooney High School, starting dating their sophomore year on Sept. 21, 2005 — their love has already spanned a decade. “I was first attracted to his contagious laugh and curly hair,” says Rodrigue. The couple was voted cutest couple their senior year in 2008.
Rodrigue and Clegg, who were voted “Cutest Couple” their senior year in 2008, met while attending Cardinal Mooney High School. They started dating their sophomore year on Sept. 21, 2005 and were married ten years later on Nov. 21, 2015.
The couple went on a 10-day vacation to California to visit family and friends. They took an overnight trip to Lake Tahoe where they rode a gondola up 9.000 feet to the top of Mount Heavenly, where Taylor surprised Chelsea by asking her to be his wife.
The wedding took place on Saturday, Nov. 21. The ceremony was held at Incarnation Catholic Church, followed by the reception at Hyatt-Regency Sarasota. While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Hyatt’s second floor Tropics room, the bride and groom made a grand entrance by boat, surprising the guests who watched through the windows.
“It was nice to enjoy a calm moment of being married and being able to celebrate privately with Taylor,” says Rodrigue.
The couple, who are Pittsburg Penguins fans, based the décor of their wedding around the team’s colors — black and gold. The pair even made their entrance into the wedding reception wearing Penguins jerseys over their wedding attire (they took them off after the wedding party danced their way in). And as a surprise for the groom… a Penguins ice luge was revealed as a gift from the bride.
The reception featured special, handmade touches from the bride and her family. The elegant floral chandelier was made by the bride’s mother Kimberly, the bride’s future sister-in-law Cait and the bride herself (it took a week to put together). Other handmade touches included the floral backdrop for guests' photos and the feather placemats. “We started making them by hand about ten months out from the date — each placemat took about thirty minutes,” says Rodrigue, “My mother deserves most of the credit for this beautiful project. Her creativity and skills are phenomenal.”