They say that love is blind, and blind was exactly what Kendal and Mitch’s first date happened to be. With a great deal of encouraging by Mitch and Kendal’s best friends, a shy senior girl and a recently-graduated gentleman agreed to meet each other for a rather nerve-wracking first date. “My first impression of Mitch was how genuine and funny he was. I remember being so nervous to meet him for the first time. We spent our first date laughing the entire time.” Kendal shares. Mitch was also anxious , but once he laid eyes on her, all of his nerves seemed to dissipate.
Their first solo outing was an evening spent along the Vancouver waterfront. The date turned out to be not only full of chemistry, but also a little friendly competition. The two played putt putt golf and a lively game of H.O.R.S.E. before Kendal decided to shoot for a first kiss. She scored, and after that, the ball was in Mitch’s court.
Once they began dating, the age-old “absence makes the heart grow fonder” saying proved to be true. The long distance that they experienced while away at college brought them closer to the realization that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other. When it came time for Mitch to officially state his desire, Kendal couldn’t have been more thrilled. “While I was in California, Mitch told me that the night I fly home, he was going to take me out for a date night. He made sure I knew to be dressed and ready as soon as my plane landed. He picked me up from the airport around 6:30pm and we went straight to dinner. After dinner, he told me we were going to watch a movie at his parents. Little did I know, he had set up the entire yard perfectly for the proposal. As soon as we got to the end of the driveway, I noticed a cute lit up pathway, and I instantly knew. The tears had already started flowing! The pathway ended in a gazebo with a table of pictures and a little black box. He then got down on one knee and asked if I would be his forever. This happened just in time for our family and a few close friends to come running outside after witnessing the whole thing. It was so amazing to have the people we care about the most with us witness this perfect proposal!”
Their rustic, backyard wedding was a testament to the natural ease of their relationship.”I wanted our day to be effortlessly fun, simple, and beautiful. I tried to keep things simple and ‘us.'” They also made sure to focus on fun, as they spend a great deal of their time together laughing. When Kendal saw her groom for the first time, she could hardly believe she wasn’t dreaming. “He looked more handsome than I could have ever imagined – what I could see between the tears, of course! I kept saying ‘Is this for real?'” Mitch was also in disbelief when he saw his beautiful bride. “In that moment, it was pure joy. An image I will never forget.”
One of the most special moments of their wedding day was when they took the time to step back and soak it all in. As they looked around the dance floor at all of their friends and family, they couldn’t help but agree that it had been an absolute dream wedding. Their dream is only just beginning, too. “No matter what kind of day I have had, I always get to come home to Mitch.” Mitch agrees, sharing that the best part of marriage is being able to finish each day with his best friend.
Now, journey through their wedding beautifully captured by Bethany Small:
Photographer: Bethany Small
Flowers: Monique Krahn
Groom’s Apparel: Express
Donuts: Battle Ground Bakery