When Kayla Haack and Forrest Bowmaker met at Kayla's best friend's baby shower, they knew it was a match.

By RIMSIE MCCONIGA
rmcconiga@leavenworthtimes.com

When Kayla Haack and Forrest Bowmaker met at Kayla’s best friend’s baby shower, they knew it was a match.
They began dating in July 2016, and within six months, knew they wanted to get married.
At Kayla’s 24th birthday party Forrest got down on one knee and proposed to her in front of a crowd of family and friends. And on June 9, they made it official at the Memorial Chapel at Fort Leavenworth. Kayla’s parents had been married at the same chapel almost 29 years ago. Kayla and Forrest had the same officiant, the same singer and the reception was also at the same location. The wedding included four bridesmaids and groomsmen, 125 guests, two flower girls and two ring carriers, all sisters of the bride and groom.
The couple planned the event for about a year. “I had great wedding planners — my mom and my grandma,” says Kayla. “The biggest challenge was the process for guests to obtain visitors’ passes for Fort Leavenworth. Forrest pretty much left the planning all up to me. The only thing he asked of me was that I wear heels down the aisle, not Converse tennis shoes.”

Kayla particularly enjoyed trying on lots of wedding dresses. She says the bridal store employees treated the fittings like the TV show, “Say Yes to the Dress.” “It was fun,” says Kayla. “I think I tried on about 50 dresses. I knew when I found the right one because it made me cry a little.”
One of the most carefully considered elements of their wedding was choosing the song for their first dance.  “We finally thought we decided on one but changed one more time,” says Kayla.  “We picked ‘Whiskey and Wine’ by Christian Burghardt and Cady Groves.”

As the big day came closer, the bride and groom to be got a bit nervous. “I just hoped everything would go smoothly and we wouldn’t have to call the cops at the reception,” says Kayla.
The couple’s advice for the best ways to avoid stress while planning a wedding is to make sure you and your sweetheart are on the same page. “Make sure your planner is someone who knows you well,” says Kayla.  “And don’t freak out about the little stuff.”
Their greatest hope for the many decades they will spend together is  a long, loving and healthy relationship. And the most important thing they hope to vividly remember on their 50th anniversary is the moments that made them laugh.