When Kyndel and Mandy met they shared an instant attraction, and after an April 2015 scavenger hunt proposal, the couple was ready to plan their March wedding.
The brides chose their favorite hotel, The Conrad, to host their big day. Says Kyndel, “We wanted to wedding to be romantic and elegant with a modern touch. We wanted everyone to feel the love we have for each other, and how much it meant to us that they were there supporting us.”
The brides chose a stunning color palette that included petal pink, gold, marine and mystic. Says Mandy, “We loved how the colors gelled together.”
Because Kyndel was “straight” when she met Mandy, it took some time for loved ones to come around to the relationship. Says the bride, “People always tell us that at our wedding they could feel how much we love and care for each other.”
Kyndel & Mandy spent the morning of their wedding with their respective wedding parties, then did a first look before the ceremony.
Both brides were escorted down the aisle. Kyndel by her sister Misti and Mandy by her father Joe. Their wedding parties began the procession, along with their daughter and their nephew.
Says Mandy, “I thought it was important for both of us to have this moment, and I made the decision to go first because I wanted to focus on my beautiful bride in her stunning dress.”
Says Kyndel, “We really wanted everyone to feel a part of our wedding. I lost my father and my brother in law, so I really wanted them represented in our wedding somehow.” They had a reading dedicated to the two men during the ceremony.
Kyndel’s Favorite Moment: Getting ready to walk down the aisle. I had my sister walk me and she basically raised me, so for her to give me away was a really emotional thing for me. I remember looking over and she was bawling her eyes out. We have been through so much together and for her to walk with me on the biggest day of my life really meant the world. The second she hugged my wife and gave me away it all became very real. And our first look. Seeing Mandy for the first time took my breath away. I’m truly the luckiest woman.
Mandy’s Favorite Moment: Our first look and father daughter dance … I can’t just pick one.
Wedding Song: “Work Song” by Hozier.
Say the brides, “We both fell in love with it the second we heard it. One of the main lines is, “No grave can hold my body down, I’ll crawl home to you.” That spoke volumes to us. We truly feel like we couldn’t live without each other and to hear that song fill the room was so surreal.”
The brides included a father daughter dance as well. Kyndel danced with her brother Phil. “At the end he made Mandy come and dance with us to tell her how happy he was that we found each other.” Mandy danced with her father Joe. “It was amazing the way they laid their heads on each other’s shoulders. She really is his little girl and it showed in that moment.”
Says Mandy, “We didn’t do a garter toss or dollar dance. Instead we had trophies made for “Best Dressed” and “Best Dance Moves,” with our hashtag #sheslikethewind2016. I’m pretty obsessed with Dirty Dancing.”
The brides also wanted to include Mandy’s firefighting family in the wedding, so Kyndel honored them with a speech before dinner, thanking them for keeping Mandy safe.
Asked if they would change anything the brides say they wouldn’t have done anything different. “We were so lucky to have our day be absolutely perfect. We only wish we could have made it last longer!”
Hers & Hers wedding rings.
Mandy’s tux on the left, and Kyndel’s dress on the right.
Mandy toasts with her loved ones.
While Kyndel adds some finishing touches.
The brides finally meet for their first look.
And both brides are dazzled.
Kyndel & Mandy head to the roof to begin their wedding portraits.
Next they reunite with their wedding parties. Says Mandy of their wedding colors, “It was very important to us that they compliment our bridesmaids.”
This stunning photo of the couple shows off Kyndel’s dress as it’s lifted in the breeze.
The brides hit the streets where they share a sweet kiss.
Another kiss, where the brides are cheered on at Mandy’s firehouse.
We love how they incorporate Mandy’s passion into their big day.
Back at the hotel, the brides enjoy a playful moment before the ceremony begins.
Their nephew Gavin and daughter Caroline serve (adorably) as ring bearer and flower girl.
Mandy is escorted first.
Kyndel is behind her with sister Misti, who was, in fact, bawling her eyes out as Kyndel describes.
We love moments of laughter to shake things up during the ceremony.
And onto more solemn moments as the brides recite their vows.
With a kiss they become Mrs. & Mrs.
The newlyweds pose with their daughter Caroline, as they officially become a family.
The gorgeous pink bouquets set off the sparkling gold table cloth, which adds a whimsical flair.
The newlyweds take the floor to Hozier’s “Work Song.”
Kyndel and friends look on as Mandy and her father dance to “Let it be Me” by Ray LaMontagne.
Mandy joins in at the end of Kyndel’s dance with her brother.
Kyndel and Mandy cut their cake …
And feed each other first bites.
Then it’s back on the dance floor to get the party started.
Kyndel takes Caroline for a spin.
And it looks like Mandy might win “Best moves” at her own wedding.