Kitt Kelley & Cal Graves
Kitt Kelley and Cal Graves had not seen each other for a couple of years when Cal walked into the Spanish 3 class both of them were taking at the University of Missouri. Although both had attended Columbia’s Rock Bridge High School, and Kitt was friends with Cal’s sister, the two were no more than acquaintances.
They struck up a casual friendship in class, and at the end of the semester, they rode together to their final, which brought together all of the Spanish 3 classes in one lecture hall. After the tests were handed out, Cal leaned over and said, “Look at all these people. It must be fate we were in the same group.”
“A date was in the works shortly after!” Kitt says.
About four years later, on Sept. 2, 2011, Cal and Kitt went for a motorcycle ride to the house where Kitt’s grandmother had lived in Hallsville. She had recently died and the couple wanted two wanted to visit the home where Kitt had spent many childhood days. Cal took Kitt to the backyard, where he got down on one knee and proposed.
Kitt and Cal were wed on Oct. 20, 2012, at the First Christian Church of Columbia.
The fall wedding was spectacular with the season’s vibrant shades. There was a grand floral arrangement at the altar, and down the aisle, tall single silver candelabras stood topped with hurricanes holding white taper candles. Hanging from the candelabras were grapevine balls mixed with green hanging amaranthus, red orchids and orange garden roses.
Kitt wore a simple lace gown with a sweetheart neckline, A-line fit and chapel-length train. She paired the gown with her mother’s chapel-length veil, which featured a blusher, and wore her hair pulled up in a smooth updo, accessorizing with small pearl earrings. Kitt carried a hand-tied bouquet of copper cymbidium orchids, burnt-orange calla lilies, yellow garden roses, orange garden roses, red berries and scabiosa pods; lace removed from the edge of her mother’s veil wrapped the stems.
Kitt’s bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung gowns in various styles but all in a low-sheen, midnight blue fabric. The bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets of deep red roses, orange hypericum berries, gold yarrow, green hydrangeas, scabiosa pods and burnt orange freesia.
Cal wore a black tuxedo with a champagne tie and vest. His boutonniere was a burnt orange calla lily accented with mokara orchids and greenery. Cal’s groomsmen also wore black tuxedos but with midnight blue ties and vests. Their boutonnieres featured scabiosa pods, curly willow and red berries.
The wedding service emphasized the love of family, with Cal’s older brother, the Rev. Chip Graves, serving as the officiant and Kitt and Cal’s 7-month-old daughter, Emmie, making her entrance in an old-fashioned pram with four other flower girls and seven ring bearers — all Emmie’s cousins — ringing bells right before Kitt came down the aisle.
Kitt and Cal exchanged traditional vows in a modified Episcopalian service. The celebration then moved to the Stoney Creek Inn, where “classic and elegant” mixed with “a touch of casual and dash of country,” in the words of wedding planner Anne Churchill of AnnaBelle Events. Shimmering champagne linens, navy table runners and navy napkins offered a neutral backdrop for the reds and oranges in the fall centerpieces. Those centerpieces included tall arrangements with curly willow, green hydrangeas, red roses and orange carnations; medium arrangements in gold mercury glass with the same fall flowers as the bridesmaids’ bouquets; and low bouquets of orange carnations accented with curly willow placed in square wooden boxes made from wood from Kitt’s grandfather’s barn.
Elegant details on the wedding cake pulled all of the elements together. The four tiers alternated between square and round, and each tier featured its own unique design on a white background — thick gold stripes and dainty gold dots, as well as a tier adorned with an exquisite tree branch design.
The reception was high on fun, with “everything from the Conga line to the bridesmaids’ rendition of ‘Proud Mary,’ “ Kitt says.
Cal and Kitt spent their weeklong honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua in the West Indies. The couple now lives in Jefferson City.
Kitt is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Kelley of Columbia and is an echo/vascular sonographer at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. Cal is the son of Dick and Tracy Graves in Columbia and serves as the chief information officer for his family’s business, Graves Menu Maker Foods.
The Businesses That Helped Make The Day Special
Ultimate Bride, St. Louis
Green Meadows Hair Co.
Columbia Party Bus
Kent’s Floral Gallery
Norm Ruebling Band
Cakes with the Personal Touch
Tivol, Leawood, Kan.
McAdams’ Ltd.; Dillard’s; Macy’s; Pottery Barn
My Sentiments Exactly, Jefferson City
A Catered Affair, Jefferson City
Annabelle Events; A-1 Party Rental
Emily Roberts, Jefferson City