Photography: Elise Abigail Photo |
Kayleigh + Paul
Roland // 10.1.22
Southern hospitality brought Kayleigh Kiser and her groom, Paul Propst, together. The two met while working at Wyndham Destinations in Branson. “After three months, I finally got the courage to approach Paul and ask him to help with my sales,” Kayleigh recalls. “We instantly hit it off and became inseparable.”Paul decided to pop the question on Kayleigh’s golden birthday, January 28, while on vacation in Mexico. That night, he surprised her with a beachside dinner and then a proposal. “To this day, I have no idea what he said because I was so nervous! I’m sure it was magical and romantic, but all I could do was scream in my head and burst into tears,” she says.
Both she and Paul are from Missouri, so an Arkansas wedding may have seemed off their radar. Originally planning to tie the knot abroad, the couple changed directions in favor of having as many of their friends and family join them as possible. “I stumbled across a web page titled Top 20 Romantic Wedding Venues in the Midwest and instantly fell in love with this beautiful rose garden in Arkansas,” she says of Moss Mountain Farm. The venue adhered to Kayleigh’s vision of a garden wedding with romantic lighting, and they were willing to wait almost two years for Moss Mountain Farm’s next available wedding date.
Wedding planners Anna Dickinson and Kristen Cromley helped pull together all the details of the big day, while Tanarah Luxe Florals designed a reception scheme that played off the natural beauty of the rose garden ceremony. For dinner, guests were treated to a buffet of pork tenderloin sliders, smoked salmon, loaded mashed potatoes, hot spinach dip, and more. The couple also considered their littlest guests, offering a special kids’ dinner of chicken fingers, mac and cheese, and fruit. For dessert, two different flavors of cake were offered alongside several treats on a groom’s sweets table.
At the end of the evening, the couple’s 130 guests sent them off with a sparkler farewell that ended with fireworks overhead. After a honeymoon at the Ritz Carlton in Maui, the couple are now at home in Springfield, Missouri.
Meant to Be
Kayleigh and Paul fell in love with the elegance of Moss Mountain Farm and traveled four hours from their home in Missouri for a tour. “I knew I wanted the natural beauty of the garden to be the focal point with lots of moody, romantic lighting,” Kayleigh says.
A five-tier faux cake provided a sweet focal point at the reception, while guests enjoyed two flavors of sheet cake before dancing.
The ceremony took place in the property’s Hidden Rose Garden.
Custom cocktails named after the couple’s French bulldogs, Norma Jean and Betty White, were served as the signature drinks. “Our baby girls mean the world to us, so we knew we wanted them to somehow be a part of the wedding,” Kayleigh says.
Groom’s Sweets Table
“If you know Paul, then you know he has the biggest sweet tooth,” Kayleigh says. Working with Sweet Lavender Bake Shop, she designed a display that incorporated all of his favorite desserts, including a chocolate cake with Oreo buttercream icing, fudge brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and carrot cake whoopie pies. Their caterer, Heritage Catering, also added their “kitchen sink” cookies to the mix to create a full table of offerings.
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