Kaylee and Karl met in their freshman year at the University of Denver back in 2001. They were introduced by mutual friends and shared an instant connection together. The first night they met, they stayed up all night while Karl played his guitar for Kaylee, talked about music, art, video games, their families, and watched cartoons. They continued to spend time together as friends but were quickly becoming inseparable. It wasn’t long after, that their friendship seamlessly evolved into a relationship. In their junior year, they decided to move in together and later rescued their first cats, Ruff Puff and Portia.
Kaylee received her bachelor’s of science degree in Biology, and was accepted to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. The four of them packed up their cars and headed out to Manhattan, Kansas that summer. It was at KSU where Karl finished his bachelors of fine arts in Printmaking and was then accepted to the Herberger Institute of Fine Arts at Arizona State University in 2010. The family of four packed up the car again, and this time, moved to the desert. Kaylee began her career in Glendale as a small animal veterinarian and after graduation Karl stayed on with ASU as a faculty associate teaching drawing. They also adopted their third cat, Sassy.
The two shared a passion for Renaissance art and had always dreamed of travelling to Italy one day. In 2018 they decided to finally plan a vacation to Florence, Italy. After a day of site seeing in the beautiful Boboli Gardens, the Pitti Palace, and watching the sunset over the River Arno, the two sat down to a romantic Italian dinner. After an incredible meal, Karl presented Kaylee with a hand-made book that chronicled their relationship over the past 17 years. The beautiful memories brought tears to Kaylee’s eyes as she read the words, “Will you marry me?” She looked up to see Karl holding a beautiful ring set with an heirloom diamond handed down from his Great Grandmother. The two embraced in a hug and a kiss as she of course said, “Yes!”
The concept of family is hugely important to both Kaylee and Karl, and when they began planning for the big day, they both knew the most important part was to have all of their friends and family come together for the celebration. One of their biggest supporters was Kaylee’s grandmother, Yoshiko. Sadly, she had passed away in 2009, but Kaylee wanted to honor her memory by wearing her Japanese wedding kimono from 1941. This became the inspiration for the wedding and was featured in the invitations, programs, guest gifts, and their magnificent cake.
August 4, 2019 was a typical Colorado day that began with sunshine, and moved into an afternoon thunderstorm. Thankfully, the storm broke just in time for a perfect summer setting at the Pines at Genessee. Kaylee started the ceremony in a traditional wedding gown, and the two were wed in front of a 1,000 paper cranes that were folded by her family for good fortune, known as a “senbazuru” in Japanese culture. They shared in a sake ceremony and exited to the theme song from The Legend of Zelda, as video games are one of Kaylee and Karl’s favorite ways to spend time together.
For the reception, Kaylee changed into her Grandmother’s exquisite kimono and did her best to visit all of the wonderful guests that had traveled to come celebrate their long awaited union. It was the most beautiful and perfect day for the couple filled with love, laughter, and gratitude.
Floral: Front Range Florals
Photographer: Elevate Photography
Wedding Dress: Ivory Row Bridal
Bridal Party Dresses: Azazie
Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux
DJ: Quality Mobile Sound
Cake: Intricate Icings Cake Design
Shuttle: A Advantage Limousine
Hair/Makeup: Divine Beauty Artists – Christy Kaliana
Harpist: Mary Keener
Videographer: All Digital Photo & Video
Wedding Coordinator: The Gardner Effect