A bit of a disclaimer on this blog post: normally I take pride in telling the story of the day, the history and lives behind the two people so in love in our photos. This time, Kayla is going to tell the story herself, I think it is only fitting. Here is the love story of Chad and Kayla in her own words, “In 1997 Chad and I attended the same middle school in our hometown of Dade City. Both of us went to different high schools, but we still remained friends since one of my best friends (and bridesmaid) lived directly across the street from Chad. Little to Chad’s knowledge at the time, I spent many hours spying on him and his friends from just across the road. After high school, we both moved to different cities to attend college and after a few years we found ourselves back in the Dade City area. On an ordinary night out with friends we both ran into each other at a local hangout. We talked a few times throughout the next few weeks, and Chad invited me to have lunch with him. After a bit of convincing from friends I finally decided to take him up on his offer. Well, a thirty minute lunch break quickly turned into four hours, and I knew that afternoon we had something special. From that day on there has not been a day that has gone by that I have not been so thankful that we met for lunch. Who knew the perfect man for me was here all along!”
And this is the story of how this boyhood crush proposed to the girl that has been waiting for him all along:
Chad proposed to Kayla in the middle of packing up their old apartment to embark on a new adventure together of homeownership. It was common for Chad to bring home boxes from Lowe’s on a daily basis and May 6th was no different. On this Sunday afternoon, after Kayla had spent a day of shopping with her mom, Chad came home from work with more boxes. He told Kayla that within the boxes were more packing supplies for their stuff, so she responded, “Want to see what I bought today?” She tried on five dresses before he could say no. After the fashion show, they discussed dinner options for that night. He had just gotten home from work, and was unmotivated to make a decision. He said, “All I want to do is play with the bubble wrap in that large box.” so, Kayla immediately headed toward that box. When she opened the box, to her surprise, heart-shaped balloons flew up to the ceiling! She asked, “What is this?” He said, “Keep going….” Tied to the end of the balloons’ strings was a small box. He smiled and said, “Open it.” Inside was Kayla’s ring! She was shocked and all she could say over and over was, “What is this? What is this?” He stopped her and replied, “What do you think it is?” He was the one that took the ring out of the box and he got down on his knee and asked, “Will you marry me?”
Here’s to Kayla & Chad, may you always be as giddy as the Middle School days that brought you together.
Jeff and Amalie
And, we are so excited to say that this wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty!
Chad wrote Kayla a beautiful letter and sent her a sweet sterling silver love bracelet with the words happily ever after engraved.Just let me say I have a slight obsession with Kayla’s shoes! See Kayla & Chad’s website here.