Wedding Wednesday: The Willis Wedding

The Willis Wedding | September 8, 2018 | Photography by Lindsey Rickards Photography

After graduating from Roanoke College, Kayla Fuller began to seek out adult friends in Roanoke through a local church, which is where she met her best friend. The two later decided to start a kickball team to bring people together, which is how Jonathan Willis came into her life. Kayla remembers how no one on the team knew what to make of this fella who wore pink compression sleeves and carried around a clip board while he talked smack to the other team. He also somehow managed to slip his way into being the coach. Kayla and Jonathan became close friends through their time together on the kickball team and Bible study, and despite all of their friends constantly hinting at a budding romance, it wasn’t until a Fourth of July trip to the lake that the two finally saw it themselves.

After accidentally putting the wrong contact solution in her eye and having to take a trip to urgent care, Kayla was distraught over the thought of missing out on the trip since she could no longer drive. Then she got a phone call from Jonathan, who told her he’d stayed behind so he could drive her up there. This made Kayla finally see him in a new light, and when they returned from the trip, they finally had the “are we still just friends?” talk.

In March of 2018, Jonathan proposed during an after dinner stroll at a magical park in downtown Roanoke, where the city block is covered in twinkle string lights. A photographer captured the moment, then the couple went to enjoy a surprise engagement party.

Their wedding was full of personal touches like sunflowers that reminded Kayla of her mother’s garden, center pieces made by her sister, and wooden picture frames made by her father. Instead of a traditional first look, the couple wrote letters for each other and stood back to back before the ceremony, which Kayla recalls being a very sweet and intimate moment. For the reception, the couple had one vision in common: dancing. The DJ was incredible and kept everyone on the dance floor all night.

One of the most memorable aspects of the special day was actually the weather. Determined to have the ceremony outside, but with a 90% chance of rain that day, Kayla cried and prayed all morning for no rain. Even when the wedding coordinator asked if they wanted to move inside, Kayla said to wait as long as possible, because she didn’t think it would rain. And even though it poured in the surrounding town and they would see clouds all around them, it never rained. That moment, when she was walking down the aisle to meet the joyful eyes of her future husband and could feel the faithfulness of God celebrating them, was their favorite moment of the day.

Make sure to see more of the Willis Wedding on page 56 of bridebook!

Photography: Lindsey Rickards Photography
Dress: Chantilly Lace
Florist: Wishes Flowers
Cake: Natalie Karnes
Venue: Sinkland Farms
Caterer: Custom Catering
Planner: Simplicity Events
Jeweler: Ginger’s Jewelry
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Azazie
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Warwick Sunday
Makeup: Tyshaun Brown
Hair: Kelly Sharpe

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