Kallie and Adam Wood
All brides know the saying, “If it rains on your wedding day, your marriage will be blessed.” If it is true, Adam and Kallie Wood's outdoor wedding was blessed with buckets of good luck.
Kallie planned to have her wedding at her childhood home, near Roland, Okla., even at the risk of unexpected weather. She planned to dress in the room where her christening gown was framed and walk into her own back yard to be wed. Though the scene was a simple hay shed, a handcrafted wooden cross hung from round hay bales and soft fabric draped over the rustic beams brought out the natural beauty of the barn wood and created an altar. For a reception area, Kallie and her family lighted a large metal tent frame with twinkling lights and chandeliers over an area of tables and seating.
The wedding was filled with nostalgia and reminders dear to her family. Every element Kallie chose told a sentimental story. Some of her personal touches included serving pies instead of wedding cake and she chose a pancake breakfast, made by friends during the event, for dinner. She also included both sets of grandparents' and parents’ wedding cake toppers as homage to their long and happy marriages.
The men in Kallie’s life stepped up to create the outdoor setting. Kallie's father, David, and her groom, Adam Wood, set up the electricity and rustic framing of the scene with antique doors. Adam and his 6-year-old son, Brody, created a nostalgic “EAT” sign to direct guests to the pancake bar. Brody also was entrusted with the important job of carrying the wedding rings. Brody was an excellent pancake tester, too, Kallie and Adam agreed.
“You don't do a wedding like this without help,” said Kallie's mom, Kristi. “It takes a village to make an outdoor wedding come together; there are things you don't think of that other people do.”
The Williamson family is blessed with many friends who especially wished the young couple a beautiful wedding day to heal their grieving hearts. Only weeks before the wedding, Kallie’s maternal grandfather, Bill Sowell, suffered a heart attack. Normal life stopped as the family stayed at his bedside. Sadly, he passed away.
“All the special men in Kallie’s life wore purple ties to honor Kallie’s grandfather,” Kristi explained. “It was a joke we had with him, that we were going to make him wear a purple tie.”
Nothing could keep the open-hearted bride from bubbling with joy on her wedding day, as her grandfather would have wanted and enjoyed. Kallie’s face tells her every mood, including her sense of humor and love of clowning. Adam is a state trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, steady in an emergency. With their families behind them and friends standing with them at the altar, the threatening clouds were no obstacle.
The bride and groom said their vows and were married with hundreds of seated guests looking on, ignoring overcast skies. Both the bride’s and the groom’s sisters joined them at the altar. Adam’s four groomsmen each escorted two bridesmaids.
Soon the pancakes were flipping and the bride and groom were exchanging bites of pie. The guests were given jars of homemade jam canned by the bride’s mom, made of local berries. The reception was in full swing before the clouds finally burst. Many simply broke out their umbrellas. The bride pulled on a pair of cowboy boots.
“The only regret I had was not putting the cover on the tent, but at the end of the day, the rain just added to the excitement and it turned out to be the best part,” Kallie said.
Most of the party and the live band moved under the hay shed and danced on, with the rain on the tin roof adding some rhythm. In photographs, Kallie’s hem is turning brown and Adam’s pants legs are streaked from being brushed with her wet, swirling skirts. And they’re both still smiling.
The evening ended with fireworks, happy wishes and muddy shoes.
All photos by Kim Singer Photography