April 27, 2019
Haylee and Derek shared an intimate and emotional first look beside the creek at Centerville Estate. Haylee slowly walked towards Derek; and once he turned to see her, he hugged and kissed her as he took in all of the beauty of his soon-to-be-bride. Once they had absorbed the moment, Derek pulled out a handwritten note he had written to Haylee. The Butte Creek runs behind Centerville Estate and it created a romantic setting that allowed only Haylee to hear Derek’s words. Tears fell down both of their cheeks as Derek finished his letter. He then pulled Haylee in for a long embrace. Haylee laid her head on Derek’s chest as they enjoyed this moment together. This may have been the only moment they had alone on their wedding day. To view more weddings with a first look, please click on Jessekah + Andy, Margo + Mark, and Andreya + Cole.
At the reception, the DJ announced that every now and then a slow song gets played and that Haylee is sending this song out to her grandfather. Haylee escorted her grandfather, Robert, out to the dance floor. By the time they had completed one rotation in their dance, tears were streaming down Haylee’s cheeks. Her grandfather was very stoic and stared into the distance. Robert had lost his wife, Haylee’s grandmother, this past August. Even though there were other dancers on the dance floor, they were alone in their moment. Haylee was not the only one that was emotional at this moment. There were plenty of tear-filled eyes at the reception. Haylee wore her grandmother’s beautiful diamond earrings as a way to have her with them on their wedding day.
Haylee and Derek, you just experienced a year that you will never forget. You got engaged, bought a house, lost a beloved family member, you lost your home and community in the Camp Fire, and you got married! I hope your wedding day continues to be the highlight of your lives for years to come. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. You are so loved by all of your family and friends. I cannot even select a favorite moment from your wedding day, because I have too many. I am so happy that Derek walked into Chico Sports Club on the day that he did. I am so happy for the two of you and the new chapter that will unfold. I cannot wait for you to view some of my many favorites from your wedding day!!
Ceremony Location | CENTERVILLE ESTATE
Reception Location | CENTERVILLE ESTATE
Florist | HAYLEE HAMBEK
Dress Store | DAVID’S BRIDAL
Wedding Coordinator | BRIT MORGAN EVENTS
Hair Stylist | HAYLEE HAMBEK
MAKEUP ARTIST | HAYLEE HAMBEK
Cake | CUPCAKE OBSESSION
Catering | MARIA’S GONE TAMALES
Bar Service | FINNEGAN’S JUG
Transportation | WTC
Bridesmaid Dresses |DAVID’S BRIDAL
Groomsmen Attire | MEN’S WAREHOUSE
Invitations | VISTA PRINT