Kayla and Brad’s adventure began when they were both studying at Wingate University. Although they were friends throughout the undergraduate years, they did not begin dating until after graduation. Kayla says that she knew Brad was the one on their very first date, considering it lasted almost 8 hours long! After three years of dating, Brad popped the question as they strolled down the beach on Sullivan’s Island.
On June 24, 2017, the pair was united as one at Matthews Presbyterian Church. Afterward, they celebrated with friends and family at the Rolling Hill Farm. The bride wore a stunning Stella York strapless gown that featured a flirty sweetheart neckline with vintage scalloped lace edging. We love how the vertical lace pattern naturally slims and elongates the bodice of this dress. Kayla paired a corded edged cathedral veil for the perfect finishing touch.
As for the first dance, the couple knew they wanted something different and unexpected. Kayla grew up listening to Frank Sinatra with her grandparents, and Brad was a fan as well. With that being said, they shared their first dance as husband and wife to Frank Sinatra’s “More”. How perfect! Kayla’s favorite aspect of the big day was their exchanging of rings. “It is a moment you dream about your entire life, and when it is finally your turn, it is almost a surreal feeling.” Their ring ceremony almost did not go as planned. It turns out Kayla’s bridesmaid who was in charge of the groom’s ring forgot the ring in the bridal suite! As sneaky as possible, the bridesmaids passed the message down to the last bridesmaid in line, and she quickly ran back and retrieved it just in time. The entire time, Kayla had no idea this was going on!
Kayla and Brad honeymooned on the gorgeous island of St. Lucia. She has said that one big piece of advice for brides-to-be is to plan one day in between your wedding and honeymoon to relax. This way, you can soak in everything that is happening and enjoy it to the fullest. Now settled into marriage, they enjoy going out to new restaurants. They currently live in Matthews, North Carolina, where Kayla is working in admissions at Wingate and Brad is working for Ryan Homes.
Kayla, you made an absolutely stunning bride! We are so happy we got to be a part of your big day. Thank you so much for letting us share your Poffie story! <3