“I Make My Own Sunshine”: A Local Wedding Drenched In Love

Little did Kaitlin Thomure know, Cathy Ango only had eyes for her. During the time the two had known each other through mutual friends, Cathy had always felt that Kaitlin was the most beautiful girl in the room, but she had always been certain Kaitlin was out of her league. It had taken some mustering, but eventually Cathy worked up the courage to text Kaitlin to go on a date. Kaitlin agreed with a “Why not?” That quick exchange resulted in a first date that lasted an entire blissful day.

Fast forward through two years of dating to one evening when Kaitlin took Cathy out to dinner to celebrate Cathy’s upcoming birthday. It was a pleasant surprise for Cathy when the couple returned to their home to find flower petals and candles had been spread everywhere, but she didn’t suspect it was anything other than an early birthday gift. She even remained happily unaware as she paged through the elaborate scrapbook Kaitlin had made reflecting their years together. It wasn’t until Cathy turned to the last page and found a ring tied neatly to the paper that everything fell into place. Through Cathy’s shock, Kaitlin had to prompt her to respond. Fortunately, Kaitlin got the answer she wanted.

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The morning of their wedding, May 30, 2015, brought a deluge of rain to their venue on Kaitlin’s parents’ land in Imperial, Missouri. The downpour had Kaitlin feeling jittery about the fate of their outdoor wedding. As though she could sense her soon-to-be wife’s worries, Cathy sent her a YouTube link to the song “I Make My Own Sunshine” by Alyssa Bonagura, which immediately calmed Kaitlin’s jumping nerves. Despite the rain, their dear friend and wedding planner Keby Enloe (owner of Occasions by Keby), along with friends and family, pulled off a series of last-minute decisions and changes to ultimately bring the beautiful outdoor wedding without a hitch.

Shortly before the wedding, the couple had their first looks. As soon as Kaitlin turned around, Cathy was struck once again by the feeling that Kaitlin was the most beautiful woman in the room, and in that moment, she felt endlessly lucky that she’d get to spend the rest of her life with the embodiment of all her dreams come true.

Photos courtesy of J. Elizabeth Photography

This story appeared in ALIVE Wedding, Issue 4. Pick up a complimentary copy here, and subscribe to ALIVE here.

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