Kayla Bell & Andrew Oliphant
Featured in the Summer 2013 Tri-Cities Pink Bride Magazine
Andy plays electric guitar in a band named CURTIS. I knew the band before he joined, and when he did, I immediately became a groupie! On our first date, he took me on a boat ride on the lake. In the middle of the lake, he cut the motor and said he just wanted to talk. I melted! I loved that he was comfortable enough to talk with no other distractions but the beauty of nature around us. Eight months later, I had fallen in love with Andy and knew I’d spend the rest of my life with him.
On February 21, 2013, I was at work teaching first grade and had taken my class to their Guidance class. While I was working in my room, the school secretary called into my room and asked if I could come into the teacher’s lounge and watch a training video. When I got to the lounge, I was instructed to press play. The secretary left, and I sat down to watch the “training video.” Andy had made a video of himself going to every spot where we had our “big moments” (first date, first kiss, first “I love you”, etc.). The video ended with him standing at the gym door in the school, and he said, “Ms. Bell, please report to the gym.” I got up, left the teacher’s lounge, and walked slowly to the gym door. When I opened it, I saw a candlelit walkway leading to Andy, who was standing under a lighted archway with roses. He got down on one knee, asked me to marry him, and just when I thought the moment couldn’t get any more perfect, the curtains on the stage opened. I looked up to my first grade class standing on the stage, holding signs that read, “Say yes Ms. Bell!” I didn’t say yes, I screamed it!
We were only engaged for three months before we tied the knot! Since we got married inside a camp, the wedding party actually stayed on location in cabins. During the rehearsal dinner the night before, it poured rain. I was distraught! After we ate, we walked out on the porch to the most beautiful rainbow that rested right above the Tabernacle in the middle of the camp where we would say “I do” the next day.
The day of the wedding was perfect. I was stress-free and just ready to meet the man of my dreams at the end of the aisle. We decided to write our own vows. I woke up at 5am the morning of the wedding, tore up my vows, and rewrote them with tears streaming down my face. I wanted to make sure I told him exactly how blessed I was to be his bride. My dad is a pastor, and I had the privilege of having him walk me down the aisle, give me away, and perform the ceremony. It was beautiful!
I was so in love with our pictures! Although we did not think to hire a videographer, our memories live in the beautiful pictures we now have. Kadee from Kadee’s Approach took the time after the ceremony to be with just Andy and me. We went off on our own in the woods, and she was able to capture immaculate images of love and beauty.
Photographer: Kadee’s Approach Photography
Florist: Downtown Florist
Catering: Deidra’s Catering
Cake: Jane Butcher
Invitations & Calligraphy: Wedding Paper Divas
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
Bridal Shop: Annie’s Room
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Oaks Retreat Center
Rentals and Decor: Action Rentals
Officiant/Minister: Derek Bell
Hair & Make-up: Courtney Bennett from Hair Jungle