Chasity and Derek Hopper rang in 2023 with a glittering celebration of their love. The couple’s New Year’s Eve wedding had no shortage of sparkles, dancing, and kisses at midnight.
The couple have an affinity for holidays, as they were engaged on Halloween 2021 after dating four and a half years.
Chasity — from Fort Branch, Indiana — and Derek a Lynnville, Indiana, native — met in 2017 at work, where both cared for individuals with developmental disabilities. Chasity was completing her doctoral degree in Wisconsin, so the relationship was long-distance. When Derek came to visit on Halloween, he abandoned his original plan and instead proposed first thing in the morning by kneeling beside the bed with a ring.
A New Year’s Eve wedding set the tone for the day’s celebration and helped streamline some of the planning.
“It was a beautiful New Year’s Eve ceremony decorated with holiday greenery and Christmas trees lit with warm white lights,” Chasity says. “My dress was glittery, and the crowd was sparkling with sequins all around. Our priest led the most perfect wedding Mass.”
Holy Cross Catholic Church in Fort Branch hosted the ceremony, while the reception was held at The Bauerhaus in Darmstadt, Indiana.
“It ended up being a very delicate but classy, well-decorated wedding,” Chasity says. “We didn’t have any expectations and just lived in the moments of the day.”
The Bauerhaus staff made everything on their wedding day seem effortless, Chasity says, from the decorations to the meal for 250 guests, and even a celebratory balloon drop at midnight.
“It felt like a true dream,” Chasity says.
• Photographer: Rachelle Baggett Photography
• Flowers: Karla Goodman
• Party Bus: SUV Limousine
• Rings: The Goldsmith
• Venue/Catering/Decorations/DJ: The Bauerhaus
• Dress: Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal
• Makeup: Ashley Morton- A.M. Beauty