By Janecia Britt
Kayla and Rey met at Pensacola State College. The two class clowns turned best friends reconnected years later on, you guessed it, Facebook. From there you could say it was magic. The two Disney fans ended up living in the same town and became inseparable.
“Rey is a Florida State Seminoles fan and I am a Gators fan. Through his work, Rey got tickets for a Florida Gators game. I had never been to a college football game so it was very special and I was ecstatic. During half time, Rey asked if I wanted a snack or drink and asked for a drink. He came back with my favorite candy sour punch straws and a drink. I immediately dived into the sour punch straws unaware of what was about to happen. Moments later Rey was down on one knee asking if I would marry him. Unfortunately, I had super sticky fingers from eating the candy and still had half of one in my hand. Plus I thought he was kidding at first since we love to joke around with each other. My first response was “are you kidding?”
He convinced me it definitely wasn’t a joke and I lept for joy and said yes! We had so many people around us celebrating with us it was a magical and memorable moment.”
“In terms of planning, I started a year in advance to try to ease some of the wedding stress. It wasn’t a horrible process and I’m proud I wasn’t a bridezilla like so many brides are. It did have its ups and downs but it was pretty easy with the help of our friends and family.”
“Our wedding was based on the movie Coco by Disney and a lesser-known movie The Book of Life all representing De Los Muertos or The Day of the Dead. We love those movies and our idea for using this as our theme was that even in death we will still find each other. Both of us are big movie buffs and Disney fans. It was alot of fun to delve into the movies and get alot of inspiration from them. I think that was my favorite part of planning it all.”
“It’s so hard to choose a favorite memory because it was such an amazing day but I think if I had to pick one it would be the first moment seeing him as I walked down the aisle. Most brides explain feeling nervous excitement but I was clear-headed and just smiling ear to ear with happiness knowing I get to spend my life with this amazing guy whom I love so very much.”
Her advice to brides? “Definitely give yourself enough time to plan, sometimes I felt that a year in advance wasn’t even enough time. It sneaks up on you quick! Don’t fret on your wedding day, what happens is what happens and there is no controlling it. You just have to live in the moment because this will be one of the best days of your life. You will constantly look back on this day so make sure that you’re looking back on it with a smile.”
Photos courtesy of Jennifer G Photography.
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