Couples Q&A: Kirk and Laura on Wedding Day Tears

Kirk and Laura talk about everything from the ring to the reception -- to Kirk's tearful vow recital. 

Erik Courtney, Kirk Knight, Laura Leigh Abby, Nadine Jolie Courtney, Rouvaun Walker, Samantha Abby

Bravotv.com: Tell us about the proposal! We want all the deets!

Laura Knight: Kirk planned the most amazing fairytale proposal that a girl could ever imagine and he thought of every detail when planning the evenings’ events. It took place on a Saturday; we had plans to join friends for dinner at a very swanky DC restaurant, CityZen at The Mandarin Oriental. On our way to dinner, our friends "cancelled" and now Kirk and I were going on our own. The maître de greeted us upon arrival and sat us at an intimate table inside. After a few glasses of wine and decadent courses, Kirk excused himself from the table and returned moments later with an arm full of long stemmed red roses. At this point, I still had no idea he was about to propose. I thought to myself, "How sweet, he brought me flowers." He began telling me how much he cherishes our love and friendship. Now it started to dawn on me that this is it -- the BIG moment I have been waiting for! Kirk went down on one knee, opened a little box with a gorgeous engagement ring and asked me to marry him! I was in tears and the restaurant was applauding. The moment was perfect, surreal. Kirk said he wanted to take me to the rooftop of the Mandarin for a drink -- when we arrived at the top floor he pulled out a key to the presidential suite. As the double doors opened, all of our friends were inside cheering and celebrating with champagne. It felt like an out of body experience. The suite was palatial, with a two-story living room and views of The Jefferson Memorial and The Washington Monument. From the hotel we all jetted over to a nightclub, where Kirk reserved a private room for us to all celebrate. What a way to sweep a girl off her feet! It was a night to remember. 

Kirk Knight: The night was incredible and I was very fortunate that everything came together without a glitch. There was a lot of planning that went into the proposal over many months.  About a year before I proposed, Laura had sent me a picture of a beautiful engagement ring that she thought was breathtaking. I had saved the photo (knowing that I would propose) and had a jeweler make the exact ring. She noticed immediately that it was the ring she had sent me the year prior. We had an amazing night and we didn’t go to sleep until after breakfast the next day.

Bravotv.com: What were you feeling in the days leading up to the wedding? What were you most nervous about? What were you most excited about?

LK: There are so many moving parts associated with the wedding; it can all become nerve-racking. I had several lists that I combed through over and over again -- making sure every task was done and every detail to my liking. The "day of" timeline was broken down into couple minute increments and several pages long! We put so much work into everything and then it’s go time. I told myself, "It doesn’t have to be perfect, things will go wrong, but all that matters is that you are all there together to celebrate this beautiful, special moment." With that thought process, I was cool as a cucumber on our wedding day. It felt as though this is exactly what I should be doing and where I should be in my life. I could not wait to spend the rest of my life with this man!

KK: Leading up to the wedding I was nervous that everything wasn’t going to go smoothly.  Laura and I took an extremely active role in planning the wedding and only hired coordinator for the day of.  We both wanted everything to be perfect.  I was most nervous about crying during the ceremony.  Laura is the perfect woman for me and I couldn’t be surer that this is who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but I also get very emotional about our love and our relationship. I was worried that I may not be able to get through the ceremony without balling my eyes out. Laura and I planned that I would not see her in her wedding dress until the ceremony. Out of the entire night I was most excited to see her walking towards me down the aisle.

Bravotv.com: Looking back, what is your favorite memory of your wedding day?

LK: Leading up to the big day, I thought the reception; celebrating and dancing would be my favorite part of the whole experience. To my surprise, the ceremony was my most cherished memory of our wedding day. It was an incredibly emotional experience -- declaring your love and commitment to one another in front of your closest family, friends, the world (being featured on Newlyweds) and God. I wanted to capture that moment in my mind to hold onto forever.

KK: My favorite moment of the entire wedding was listening to the strings play while the double doors opened to my beautiful bride standing there. When I saw her, I was blown away. I wanted her to run to me, but at the same time I was enjoying just watching her. She looked like an angel. It was at that moment I didn’t care how the service would go. I was focused on my wife and our life from here on out.

Bravotv.com: What were you most looking forward to in married life?

Laura: After an entire year of planning our nuptials, I was most looking forward to our two week Hawaiian honeymoon! Then afterwards, I was ready to start planning for a baby!

Kirk: I was looking forward to our honeymoon and traveling around, enjoying being newlyweds.  Mostly, I was looking forward to us creating memories together, starting traditions, and continuing the fun that we have had from day one.

 

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