Kelly and C.J. Watts first noticed each other during a game night at the home of a mutual friend. Kelly loved C.J.’s ability to make everyone laugh with a quick one-liner, and he thought her smile lit up the room. The two reconnected a few months later, when friends left them alone to talk at a party. Before they knew it, everyone else had left! Their easy conversation and shared sense of humor started a relationship meant to last forever.

C.J. proposed to Kelly in December 2014. The two took Friday off work to spend some alone time together before the holidays. Kelly noticed C.J. kept looking at her and smiling, but she figured it was the excitement of Christmas…until he walked her to the living room, to the same spot where they shared their first kiss. He said, “This is where it all began for us. I think this is the perfect time and place to start our lives together. Kelly, will you marry me?”

Kelly burst into happy tears. Her hands shook with so much excitement that she could barely get the ring on. The two spent the next few days in a romantic fog, sharing the news with family and friends. 

Kelly and C.J. married on October 10, 2015 at Copper Roux in Lexington. They chose the location because it felt intimate but still casual, with a Kentucky flair. With that intimacy in mind, the couple also decided to forgo bridesmaids and groomsmen – they wanted each and every guest to feel like an equal part of their big day, from start to finish.

On the day of the wedding, Kelly and C.J. surprised each other with gifts. Kelly wrote C.J. a letter expressing how blessed she felt to have found him and gave him a pair of Millennium Falcon cufflinks. C.J. also wrote Kelly a love note and gave her an engraved jewelry box with their initials, wedding date, and the inscription “My Wish Came True”.

Kelly’s sister-in-law gave her a special charm in honor of Kelly’s late mother, someone Kelly holds close to her heart. The charm had her favorite picture of her mother on one side and a picture of both Kelly and her mother on the other. She fastened the charm to the stem of her bouquet, so her mother would be there throughout the day.

Looking back, Kelly and C.J. “grin from ear-to-ear” remembering the special time spent with family and friends. When asked what advice they would offer to couples planning a wedding, Kelly admits she had to “break-up” with Pinterest. “I refocused my time on what would make our wedding the best representation of us as a couple. Your guests will remember the look on your husband’s face when he sees you walking down the aisle – not the wedding favors you handed out. Make your wedding about YOU – not the ‘stuff’.”


Wedding Planner: Kelly (bride)
Venue: Copper Roux
Cake: Mary Beth Doyle (groom’s sister)
Rentals: Goff Tents
Photographer: Jessica Lynn Hatton Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: JoS. A Bank
DJ: Kris Robinson
Engagement Ring & Groom’s Wedding Band: Rivard Jewelers 

Posted on 2016-10-07 by Cynthia Ellingsen