Katie Sayers and Kyle Shedd were married at the Senior Center in Kenai on June 21, 2014, with a reception following. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Michael Hicks of Kasilof, and was performed under a canopy of tulle and white lights.
The bride wore an elegant strapless trumpet gown with sweetheart neckline and beaded bodice. The lower half of the gown had gathers of chiffon with beads, sequins and white feathers at each gather. She carried a bouquet of white peonies and roses, turquoise hydrangeas, and white feathers. Her great-grandmother’s wedding band, which was given to her by her Grandmother Linda Frith at the rehearsal dinner, was woven into her bouquet (something old). Her gown was new, her veil was borrowed and her shoes were royal blue.
The Maid of Honor was Lauren Hancock of Alvin, Texas, cousin of the bride. She wore a jade-colored, chiffon sheath-cut, strapless floor-length dress with beaded bodice. The bridesmaids were Kris Barber of Soldotna, Melinda Anderson of Kasilof, and Sarah Kuehn of Soldotna. They wore dresses matching that of the maid of honor, but they were turquoise. All bouquets were smaller versions of the bride’s, but with peacock feathers.
The Best Man was Jeremy Shedd of Kenai, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Andrew Sayers, Matthew Sayers, Benjamin Sayers, and Samuel Kuehn, All of Kasilof.
The flower girl was Gracie Brubaker of Kenai and the ring bearer was Josiah Kuehn of Soldotna. Wedding programs were passed out to the guests by Jonathan Kuehn of Soldotna and Sara Brubaker of Kenai.
There was a sand ceremony following the vows which represented the joining of their lives. Terry Shedd, Father of the Groom and Rick Frith, Grandfather of the Bride spoke special blessings and prayers over the couple.
Rebecca and Jacob Kuehn of Soldotna performed a wedding song written especially for the bride and groom by Ayden See of Kasilof. Ayden was also a musician/singer at the reception along with Benjamin Sayers.
The three-tiered wedding cake was French vanilla with a caramel crème filling and butter cream frosting. The cake was topped with a porcelain bride and groom that was also used by the bride’s parents. Peacock feathers, each individually made of icing, cascaded down one side of the cake, then spread out to gluten free cupcakes at the base of the cake.
The bride’s parents are David and Robbi Kuehn of Kasilof, and the groom’s parents are Terry and Krystal Shedd of Sterling. Special guests at the wedding were Katie’s grandparents, Rick and Linda Frith of Vernon, Teaxs, grandmother Alla Kuehn of Kenai, grandfather Thomas Kuehn of Olympia, Washington and great aunt Joyce Schmoker of Hamilton, Montana.
The couple honeymooned at Alyeska and Anchorage and are planning a trip to Hawaii this winter.
Sayers graduated high school in 2010 in Kenai, and Shedd graduated in 2012 in Soldotna. Kyle is currently employed at Udelhoven.
The couple resides in Kasilof.