Kayla Kagel and Landon Riley were meant to be together, though their paths almost crossed on numerous occasions before they finally met. While Kayla was attending her freshman year of college at the University of Arkansas, Landon was at Ouachita Baptist University. Their sophomore year, both transferred schools — Kayla to OBU and Landon to Oklahoma Baptist University.
On a visit back to Arkadelphia while taking a semester off in his junior year, the couple met at Tiger Tunes through mutual friends. During the second semester of their junior year, Landon transferred back to OBU and soon their friendship developed into a lasting love.
On July 31, 2013, Landon surprised Kayla with a night out to dinner and a special trip to an open field set up with a table filled with pictures from their time together. He led her to the table where they danced to their favorite music before he got down on one knee and professed his love to her. With tears streaming down her face, Kayla said “yes!”
The big day: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Best Man and Maid of Honor: Lance Riley, brother of the groom, and Kati Kagel, sister of the bride.
The location: An outdoor wedding at a family friend’s home, Libby Beck – Post Oak Farms in Royal. This was a first wedding for Libby, as the cows had to be removed from the pasture and the barn transformed into a reception area. Parents, grandparents, family and friends gathered to get the work accomplished. There was much
cleaning, hauling, raking, mowing and stringing up lights to be done.
The reception: The reception held in the barn — the same location as the wedding. Andy and Colleen Allen with Burn One BBQ provided a BBQ and Mac and Cheese Bar, with Coke and Dr. Pepper in glass bottles, sweet tea and lemonade. The cake was a three tier cake with yellow flowers cascading down the front, made by Laura Knott of Simply Delicious. Derek Calloway of Throw Down Entertainment provided the music for the reception, and Randy Young sang for the ceremony.
The dress: The bride wore a full ivory lace gown with cap sleeves and a keyhole back from Low’s Bridal in Brinkley.
The look: The light and sunny color scheme featured pale yellow, tan, white and brown neutral tones. The bridesmaids wore yellow dresses with the groomsmen in tan tuxedos. Lake Hamilton Flowers and Gifts created flower arrangements with white hydrangeas, baby’s breath and golden rod. The bride’s bouquet was a cluster of yellow peonies, while the bridesmaids carried bouquets of long stem white hydrangeas. The men’s boutonnieres were craspedia.
Most unforgettable moment: For both Landon and Kayla, seeing each other as she walked down the aisle was most memorable, and sharing the moment with their family and friends made the day perfect.
The honeymoon: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico