FALLBROOK – The church wedding that Chelsea Stetson dreamed about having became a reality at the Fallbrook United Methodist Church on July 26. Just two weeks before that, Stetson and her fiance, Corporal Jeremy McHenry, were planning to get married by a justice of the peace, but the generosity, love, and support from Stetson’s church family made their church wedding dream come true. Fallbrook United Methodist Church Pastor Melissa Rusler officiated at the inspirational and heart-warming ceremony.
Stetson has attended Fallbrook United Methodist Church since she was baptized there at the age of five. She and parents Ken and Andrea Stetson have been members for 15 years. Currently, Stetson sings in the chancel choir and with the Hosanna Singers, and has served as liturgist. McHenry, who serves in the Marine Corps, attends church regularly with Chelsea and her family.
Ken Stetson, who is generally confined to a wheelchair, walked his beautiful daughter down the aisle to her groom, who was in his Marine Corps uniform. The wedding party included a total of eight attendants, a flower girl, and ring bearer.
A reception was hosted in the church fellowship hall for the couple following the ceremony. The 95th birthday of Fern Steigerwald, a church member, was also celebrated at the reception.
Church member Katherine Blankenship reached out to Stetson and planned and coordinated the church wedding. With Blankenship’s support and that of Pastor Rusler and the Fallbrook United Methodist Church family, everything needed for the wedding as well as a monetary gift was provided by donations from the church members.