How did your love story start?
Will and I became friends on Facebook back in 2008 because I thought he was cute. We chatted a bit but never met, and then but continued on with our lives. Five years later Will randomly sent me a message, and we decided to meet that day. We really hit it off and the following day he took me on an official date to a Sundance film festival screening. We spent every single day together after that. After being together for several months I went to live in China for three months and realized how much I loved him. He picked me up from the airport at 2:00 am (my flight was delayed) with roses, a welcome home sign, and all of my favorite American snacks. Obviously, after the snacks, I knew he was the one.
What was the most special part of your big day?
Our day was really relaxing and low key, which we both loved. We took a beautiful drive up the canyon listening the soundtrack that has carried us through our five years together. We checked into our hotel in Park City and took our time helping each other get ready – and then drove to our little vow exchange spot by the river.
Our vow exchange was really special. We both came to tears and it really felt like we were the only people in the world. I don’t know how else to explain it, but the fact that it was just Will and I in this beautiful secluded mountain paradise pouring out our love, care and commitment to each other was so magical.
Did you have any inspiration/theme behind your wedding?
Will and I both decided early on that we wanted our union to be simple and meaningful. We didn’t want the distractions of planning a wedding party and dealing with the stress, so we decided to elope. We had planned an elopement in Normandy, France but had to cancel our plans last minute because of a family emergency. We realized that it really didn’t matter to us where we were married – and we were just as happy to exchange our vows in Utah.
– Kaya + Will