Outfitted in the tackiest of Christmas sweaters, Alyssa and Kyle met at a party during their sophomore year at Oklahoma State University. Alyssa was immediately taken by Kyle’s carefree smile, outgoing personality and the flashy tinsel on his sweater. Alyssa, being a bit more reserved than Kyle, kept her feelings hidden from everyone but her sorority sisters as the “secret crush” became a longstanding joke among friends. Upon graduation, they both moved to the Tulsa area where their paths crossed again. The “secret crush” became not so secret when Kyle asked Alyssa out for their first date. Following a four-year courtship, Kyle surprised Alyssa at her family’s lake house with a stunning round-cut solitaire engagement ring, asking her to spend the rest of her life with him.
On March 5, 2016, Alyssa Marie Nelson married Kyle Brian Venamon at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church in Nichols Hills. The bride’s father escorted his only daughter down the aisle in a classic, low-back gown from JJ Kelly Bridal Salon. The bridesmaids wore long, navy gowns, each dress reflecting their individual personalities, and the matron-of-honor in sparkling sequins. The couple said, “I do,” surrounded by their cherished family and friends.
After the intimate ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner catered by Abbey Road Catering. Guests danced the night away to a live band while overlooking the downtown Oklahoma City skyline from the Civic Center’s Meinders Hall of Mirrors.
A grand exit filled with oversized illuminated balloons and glow sticks saw the couple off to spend their dream honeymoon in Florence, Italy and Zermatt, Switzerland. Following their two-week newlywed adventure, they settled into their life together in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.