Dylan & Kait
We met our 11th-grade year in High School in Laguna Beach, CA. We were best friends through the final years of high school, we went to college together and dated through all those years. We returned to Laguna Beach where we met in November 2016, where Dylan proposed! In December 2017, we were married.
Dylan and I had a solid friendship that was based upon Christ and His values. The closer we grew to Christ, we noticed the closer we drew together and truly loved & respected each other. We also went to pre-pre marital counseling for fun and learned how well we clicked with each other and could continue doing that forever. Ha!
Dylan and I met at a secret beach in Laguna Beach, CA in 2012. In November 2016, Dylan (knowing I am THE hardest person to surprise) decided to keep it casual and sweet. He knew anything too extravagant would reveal a proposal in the air. So, we went on our regular visit to our secret beach that we loved and I, surprisingly, suspected nothing...until we were walking down the beach and I noticed Dylan’s hand shaking in mine. “Are you cold?? What’s wrong??” I asked. And Dylan began to tell me how much he loved me And wanted to spend the rest of his life with me (and I immediately sniffed out what was about to happen, but stayed calm and allowed Dylan to think I had no idea what was going on haha!). He finally led me to a ledge on the beach where a tidal pool behind us was filled with crystal clear water and was reflecting the orangey sunset colors in the water, and asked me to be his wife.
Pinterest! Years before Dylan and I were even engaged. I had pinned the Ellora dress and it had stolen my heart from the beginning. After getting engaged I spent months trying on gowns, enduring the uncomfortable moments of trying on dresses that everyone else wanted me to try on. I just couldn’t shake the Ellora from my mind, and I knew I had to have it.
I have always loved the “romantic” style. I’ve never been one who wanted to “flaunt what my momma gave me”, and the months I spent looking at the Ellora online made my heartache for it because it had that perfect “Romeo and Juliet” look to it. It fit curves but also exuded “romance” in its soft lace. When it arrived and I finally got to try it on, I fell in love.
I remember my heart was racing! I’ve always been an online shopper for clothes, so I wasn’t nervous that it was going to be terrible. I was more so excited that I literally had one of the only pieces of clothing that were made especially to fit me. When I pulled the Ellora dress out of the box I immediately fell in love with it and put it on and fell even more in love with how soft it was and how it fell perfectly on my body. I was amazed at how well it fit me physically and fit my personality.
I would say “Boho-Chic”.
We got married in my parent's farm-style backyard. It was the home I grew up in, which made it so special. My horse (who lives in my parent's backyard) also got to witness my wedding, which was also pretty cool.
Our Pre-ceremony and ceremony was all piano versions of our favorite Disney songs! I walked down the aisle to the piano version of “Beauty & the Beast” It was beautiful. Our first dance song was “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart. And our reception consisted of 90s hip-pop and r&b music and today’s top hits!
Dylan: On the day of our wedding, a few hours before the ceremony began, Kait and I did the first look. Untraditional as it was, I feel like this was one moment I will never forget. It was in a botanical garden in Palm Springs and I remember waiting for Kait to arrive as I thought about becoming her husband. I remembered Jesus and how before he went to the cross to save his Bride (the Church), He was found in a garden praying. I thought about Ephesians 5:25-33 and how a husband is as Christ. We didn’t plan on praying, but I told Abbey our amazing photographer and friend to let Kait know that when she got to the garden, I was going to pray for us, for her and our marriage. Time seemed like it was molasses as I stood waiting for her, but then I heard her footsteps. She rubbed my back, then turned so that we were standing back to back and I prayed. It was one of those moments. A staple. A foundation. A promise that His will be done in and through our marriage. Of course, after we prayed I turned around and saw my beautiful bride for the first time. She was so happy. So beautiful. What a day. What a moment. Turns out first looks are blessed!
Photos by Abbey Williamson, who captured our entire day and have us photos we’ll cherish forever.
Hair & makeup were done by a close friend and family (@kristablare) Krista Blare and Amanda Gutierrez (@amanda.c.gutierrez). I (Kait) had completely DIY’ed and planned the entire wedding! I went to the Orange County wholesale flowers and bought 150 white roses for $100. I sent Dylan & our brothers on a midnight run to chop eucalyptus branches off of trees in our neighborhood ($0 & a few strong men with a truck). And I spent the whole day before our wedding hand making our bouquets, flower crowns, boutonnières, and 12 floral table settings! Dylan hand-built our dance floor, and together, we strung lights EVERYWHERE in my parent’s backyard! Kait hand-painted and hand-lettered all the wedding signs, table seating charts, etc. Nicole Hickey, a family friend, helped with day-of coordinating and was so helpful. @allaboutyouevents We had DJ Paul from “House of El” who DJ’ed our wedding and did a phenomenal job. @houseofelentertainment Bradley Cypert (Dylan’s brother) recorded special moments from our wedding with his trendy handheld video camera! (@bradleycypert) Shout out to Kait’s parents, who let us use their beautiful backyard for our ceremony and reception! @gpop72 and @trishdicecca73
Remember to tend to your relationship on the wedding planning journey. A wedding is fabulous indeed, but it’s one day and marriage should most definitely last a lifetime. It’s easy to get forgetful of your significant other along the way, but remember them, care for them, encourage them, and bring each other along the journey. Also, don’t let anyone guilt you into doing anything you don’t want for YOUR special wedding day (:
5 out of 5 stars
So happy and excited for the shared life you’ve got ahead. Congratulations and best wedding wishes!
Kait is wearing the Ellora with a 28- inch train, Open V Back, White lace on Natural lining.
How did you meet the love of your life?
We went to college together! There was one night where our college put on a stargazing event. We both went and met through mutual friends. After that night, we began talking more and more frequently, studying together, having meals together, we established a really solid friendship before we started dating. We dated for a little over a year before we got engaged. Our dating relationship was really hectic, we finished out college, went to Europe for three months after graduation, he moved to Kauai while I stayed in California for about three months after our trip to Europe. I finally made the move to Kauai at the end of 2018 and he proposed a month later.
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
The very first time we spoke. I can honestly say I knew I would marry him from the moment I met him. His soul spoke to mine.
Tell us about the proposal ...
Both of us could tell this was a once in a lifetime love. But I knew Ben would put too much pressure on the perfection of something like a proposal. So after a quick check with his friends and family, and most importantly with my girls, I decided to propose to him! I got a special t-shirt made, and wrote my proposal on a softball. Just before the start of his Friday night game Ben's brother and the umpire helped get Ben over to home plate so we could scoot out to the pitcher's mound and pitch him the ball. I am an incredibly shy person for speaking in front of crowds, so I was really nervous... but it was (almost) perfect, and he said yes! I had gotten his whole family there, including a few that never attend his games, so I am pretty sure he knew something was up. I do know he was still surprised though, not a lot of guys get their own special proposal!