Kaley met Blair while she was working for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the planning stages of the Race for the Cure. It just so happened that Blair was a marketing producer for Komen’s media sponsor, WBTV. When Blair came to pick up his team’s race t-shirts, he and Kaley immediately hit it off, but since both of them were a little too shy to ask for each others’ numbers, Blair had to keep finding reasons to stop back by in order to chat Kaley up. Finally, he gave her his card, and they continued to find reasons to connect professionally leading up to the race. It was Kaley who made the first move and asked Blair out for drinks. They hit Sir Edmund Halley’s and spent three hours talking on the patio. Only later did Blair find out how unusual it was for Kaley to stay out past 10 o’clock on a weeknight, so she must have been having a great time.
As Kaley and Blair began to see more and more of one another, they quickly began to understand that they might have stumbled into something pretty fantastic. And then, as couples do, they started to muse about their future together. In thinking about a future engagement, one thing Kaley told Blair was that he couldn’t propose to her on Valentine’s Day. This, of course, left Blair with no option but to propose to Kaley on the day BEFORE Valentine’s Day. I should note here that I also confronted my own husband with the pre-conditions that he would not proposed to me on a holiday or in a restaurant, so he took the liberty of proposing to me a couple of days after Christmas and in a brewery. What I’m saying, I guess, is that men just do this. Maybe one day we’ll figure out why, and all of the mysteries of the universe will be solved…
For the proposal, Blair flew Kaley’s best friend in to accompany her on a scavenger hunt around the city. Each place they visited was a location special to Kaley and Blair, and at each she found a separate group of friends or family and a gift. The final stop was at the office of Susan G. Komen on Randolph Road, and it was there that Blair proposed to Kaley on the very same stairs where they’d met 14 months earlier. They ended the day with a cocktail party in Charlotte, and the next day they drove down to Columbia to share the news and celebrate with Kaley’s extended family.
When it came to the wedding, Kaley and Blair really wanted to make sure the big event showcased their personalities. Blair, who has a Masters Degree in Art Direction, created the wedding logo, the Save the Dates, the table numbers for the rehearsal dinner, the rehearsal dinner decorations, and more. But it was his toast at the rehearsal dinner that Blair would probably say he was most proud of; there was a projector screen and all, and by the end of the toast, everyone was laughing and crying.
The wedding took place at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where both Kaley and Blair are members, and for the reception, they chose Charlotte Country Club. Their first dance was to Ben E. King’s Stand By Me. Before the big day, they took 8 dance lessons, but they were so caught in the moment when the dance actually arrived that all of it went out the window.
Kaley and Blair honeymooned in Playa Mujeres, Mexico and had an amazing time. I’m so happy for these two as they celebrate their 1st anniversary, and I feel lucky to have had the chance to spend this incredible day with them.
Ceremony Location: Myers Park United Methodist Church
Reception Location: Charlotte Country Club
Reception Coordinator: Kelli Taddonio of Charlotte Country Club
Videographer: Whitewash Films
Floral Design: In Bloom
Cake Artist: Charlotte Country Club
Hair & Make Up: Sabrina Simpson of Be Pretty
Band: Sol Fusion
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Tuxes: Wearing their own or Men’s Wearhouse
Reception Lighting: Wink Lighting
Transportation: Sunway Charters