Photo Credit: Lundie’s Photography
For over 20 years, I have been joining couples in marriage and feel so honored to have that privilege. It is very important to me that you love the words I speak during your ceremony so I actively involve you in the process of writing your ceremony. It is a milestone moment in your lives like no other and you deserve a beautiful, warm, meaningful ceremony for your special day. Your ceremony can be secular, spiritual, religious or interfaith. We can honor loved ones who are present and make all your guests, whether two or twenty, feel special and included. Anything you’ve been dreaming of we can do!
Serving the Triangle
I feel so blessed!
I feel like everything I have ever done and learned has led me to officiating weddings, and I feel so blessed to be where I am in my life! As a child, I loved reading out loud in school. As a disability hearing officer, I analyzed information and then wrote a definitive decision, which taught me how to be concise and clear. I earned a Masters of Divinity in Spiritual Psychology in 1997, which lead to seminary ordination, not knowing at that time if I would ever use it! Little did I know!
My counseling practice and training with the Prepare-Enrich program inspired me to create Marriage 101, a course for those couples who wish to deepen and strengthen their foundation as they go into marriage. It is not required but is very valuable in defining areas where couples are in agreement – or not in agreement – and learning communication and conflict resolution skills in order to have a satisfying, enduring marriage. Here is a link to more information about that on my blog: Marriage Prep
I love being part of special occasions and dressing the part. I like to color coordinate what I wear with the couple’s colors. I also enjoy coaching couples to be creative in their own ceremony. Although elopement ceremonies are typically more casual than the big formal weddings, they still can be couple-specific, an expression of their love and commitment, their beliefs and personalities.
A: Kayelily – Owner & Officiant
Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list?
A: To officiate my daughter’s wedding if she ever finds her sweetheart!
Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?
A: I was born and raised in Georgia, educated in Virginia, and worked at Harvard Medical School in surgical research after college. Also, I love dogs!
Q: Tell us a bit about your favorite elopement!
A: Gotta be the one in Jordan Lake–literally in the lake! The couple waded out crotch-deep, I waded out knee deep. After the ceremony they “accidentally” fell into the water during the kiss!
“The most sweet and personal ceremony we could have ever hoped for!
Although Reverend Kayelily only knew us through our email exchanges, the ceremony she created made it seem like she had known us for years. It was extremely personal, sweet, and exactly what we were looking for. Our friends and family were extremely impressed! Kayelily was professional, responsible, kind, and supportive throughout the whole process. She also was extremely cautious with safety during these crazy times. We can’t recommend her enough! If you are looking for the perfect officiant who will take the time to make the ceremony yours, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kayelily! Thank you again Kayelily! Jae and I are so happy you could be a part of our day!” — Kietryn, Wedding Wire
Jen & Cory 9.4.20 – Raleigh Rose Garden
Tessa and Solomon 4.25.20