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Kayla + Jake Thurmond

Willow Creek Farm | 6.9.19

Man, what a S W E E T couple they were to work with! Their Big Day is being featured on the blog today & we could not be more excited to show off these gorgeous photos with this insanely sweet story! We know you will it as much as we do! Continue reading to see their story & more photos from this beautiful (and colorful) day!

"Jake and I met in Raleigh, North Carolina where we both attended Seminary. He was actually my neighbor ☺ The day I was moving into my apartment, there was an old truck parked in the parking lot with a big fly-fishing boat in the back. I am super outdoorsy and love being on the river as much as possible, so I turned to my friend and said, “I don’t know who owns that truck, but he’s going to be my husband one day”. I was joking, of course, but a couple of weeks later I saw a guy with a giant beard and a cutoff tie-dye shirt climbing in the truck, and was definitely more interested. We didn’t even know each other’s names for about a year into being neighbors (he called me “kayak girl”). Then, one night I offered him a Christmas cookie and the rest is history."

- The Proposal Story -

"Jake and I started dating in December of 2016. We got engaged in May 15, 2018 and got married June 8, 2019. Jake proposed on the same boat that was in the back of his truck the day I moved into my apartment. He took me fishing on a lake in Raleigh, like we have done many times before. It was a beautiful day. He was patient enough to wait until I caught a fish or two (probably to make sure I was in a good mood ☺) He was playing a playlist he had made for me and then pulled the boat into a shady spot near shore. He even got on one knee in the boat, which was pretty impressive! I was completely surprised, which is pretty impressive if you know me. Then, he had both of our parents waiting for us back at our apartments. But, of course we had to fish a little more before going home…"

How was the planning process for your day?

"I am terrible at making decisions. This is not an ideal character trait when you are a bride. Also, I have a style that really pushes the line between boho and hobo. So, I needed a lot of guidance when it came to wedding planning. Luckily, choosing Willow Creek as a venue was the easiest decision I had to make. Jake and I had actually visited Willow Creek before we were even engaged. His cousin, Allie, works with the venue, which was a huge help during the whole process. Jake and I helped deliver some things to Willow Creek and were able to see the whole farm before we ever knew that we would spend one of the happiest days of our lives there."

"During the planning process, I lived in North Carolina. Jake lived in Georgia. All my family lived in Missouri. This made planning a little more difficult. However, partnering with Soirees Southern Events and Willow Creek made my life soooo much easier. They helped me understand the decisions I needed to make and helped me work through things a step at a time. They were always a step ahead, knowing what I needed to plan out next. Looking back on it now, it makes me laugh because I stressed and worried over things that didn’t even matter in the end. I learned that you always have to leave room for flexibility. No matter how much you plan and spend to make things exactly the way you want them, some things will always be out of your control. Like rain. Like weeks of rain. Like the rainiest summer in America since forever."

"My wedding day wasn’t anything like I thought it would be, but it was better than I could have ever hoped for. The plan was to have the wedding outside in the back of the farm, near the creek. We are “water people” if you couldn’t tell. Well, we got our water. It rained our entire wedding week. The bright spot in that is that we knew pretty early on that there would be no way we could have the ceremony in the original location. We were also fortunate enough to be at a venue that had a great contingency plan. They have a beautiful pavilion on the property that worked out perfectly for the ceremony. Honestly, the rain didn’t disappoint me. Of all the things that could have gone wrong on my wedding day, rain was the one thing that no one could control. And it DEFINITELY makes for a memorable day. And like a stanger at the grocery store told me, “a wet knot is harder to untie”.

Jake and I have friends from all over, and we were so fortunate to have so many of them travel long distances to be with us on our big day. There were lots of laughs and shenanigans in the bridal suite. I’m not sure I want to know all the happenings in the groom’s suite, but I hear it was a blast! I also couldn’t be more thankful for my photography crew. Morgan and Colby were exactly what I needed that day. They fit in perfectly into the madness of my group and captured moments I would never want to forget.

But honestly, my favorite moment was when they took Jake and I to meet on the bridge for our “first look.” I was back and forth on the idea of a first look, but on that day, I was so thankful for it. It was like all the stress and worry just melted away when I saw him. I knew that no matter what the rest of the day brought, I was leaving with Jake. And that’s all I needed."

What is your favorite thing about being married?

"My favorite thing about being married is all the little things. The grocery store trips. The cooking meals together. The laughter. The couch cuddling. The late night discussions. The dancing in the kitchen. Having a forever concert buddy. Waking up to coffee in the morning and lying in bed reading together at night. It’s all the little things that add up to the perfect and crazy adventure created specifically for us."


Venue | Willow Creek Farm

Coordination | Soirees Southern Events

Florals & Decor | Soirees Southern Events

Photography | Simply Morgan Photography

Catering | Rib Country

Cake | Sugartopia

DJ | Backwoodz Boyz Entertainment

Hair & Makeup | Southern & Sassy

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