The man on her screen loved Pixar movies, had a great group of friends, and played in a kickball league. Kelly had one important question:
"If we date, can I be in your kickball league, too?"
Her reply to his Match.com profile made Drew laugh. "If you're good, you can get on. But we're very strict!" he wrote that day in July 2013.
In addition to her wit, and their shared fondness for kickball, Drew, an IT guy who grew up in Langhorne, loved her blue eyes. That she's a baker? Bonus!
"We emailed back and forth awhile, then I gave him my phone number, and we started texting nonstop," Kelly said. "Like, 200 texts each and every day," Drew added. They had long evening phone conversations about everything from how their days went to whether they wanted kids, which both do. Two weeks after they met online, they met in person at Monster Mini Golf in Feasterville.
"By the third hole, I knew he was probably the one," said Kelly, who teaches baking and pastry arts at Bucks County Technical High School.
Their first date was more confirmation than revelation, said Drew, who now works at Sicom Systems.
Both had gone on other Match.com dates, but after they met, Drew and Kelly took their profiles down.
Ten days later, just before Kelly was headed to the Shore for a week, Drew said he needed to tell her something. He took a deep breath. "Don't think I'm weird or anything. I know this is soon," he said. "But I love you."
"Can you say it again, so I can make sure I heard you right?" Kelly asked.
She had heard him fine.
"I love you, too," she said.
How does forever sound?
In October 2015, the couple had dinner at Bliss. "He seemed nervous," Kelly said.
"I kept going to the bathroom, just to make sure the ring was still in my pocket, and to practice taking it out," said Drew. He had sought Kelly's input before choosing it. "She said she didn't care what kind of ring I got, as long as when I looked at it, it reminded me of her." He chose a diamond flanked by sapphires, evoking Kelly's blue eyes.
After dinner, they walked to LOVE Park. In front of its namesake sculpture, Drew dropped to one knee.
He remembers saying something about loving her from the day they met. She remembers hearing something about spending their lives together. He presented the ring, and she said yes as a friend-in-hiding snapped pictures.
They and other friends spent the evening on a celebratory bar hop. Then Drew surprised Kelly with a hotel room and a bottle of champagne for just the two of them.
That March, the couple, who are now both 31, bought their home in Bensalem, where they now live with puppy Tux.
It was so them
When she's not teaching students how to bake, Kelly teaches kids from age 3 through high school how to dance. Besides the grace and beauty of dance, Kelly loves the pageantry.
"When people would ask what the theme or color scheme of the wedding was, I would just say, 'Glitter,' " Drew said.
That was not a simplification. "Everything was gold glitter," Kelly said. "My shoes were gold glitter. The cake was gold glitter."
The cake was also a labor of love from many of Kelly's students. They had been so excited for their teacher they started counting down the days to the wedding on the blackboard. They threw her a surprise party the Monday after she and Drew got engaged. And they asked to help with the wedding. "I asked them for their ideas about what the wedding cake should be like, and they wanted to bake it," Kelly said.
The finished product was chocolate, layered with vanilla butter cream, covered in gold sprinkles and edible glitter, and topped with a little LOVE sculpture.
The ceremony was held on the steps of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. The afternoon time frame inspired the bride to choose a tea-length, coffee-and-ivory dress. The couple wed with a self-uniting license, in a ceremony led by a family friend. "When I get nervous, I talk a lot, and during our vows, I was ad-libbing," Kelly said. A highlight: She promised to stick with Drew in sickness and in health, but strongly encouraged him not to get "the man flu."
Kelly graduated from Eastern Technical High School, and her former culinary arts teacher read a poem during the ceremony. Kelly's sister Megan was matron of honor, and her sister Kimberly maid of honor. Drew's best friends Drew and Jeff were his best men.
Their reception was held in the school cafeteria, with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Decorations were kept simple, with gold pom-poms, votive candles, and baby's breath arrangements. Kelly's Grandpop Harry said the blessing. The couple danced their first dance to Hunter Hayes' "Wanted."
Kelly's mom, Helene, and her sisters helped her with her dress upstairs at the Baldwin School. Then she went to the rotunda of the big porch to wait for Drew. "We had a bet on whether he was going to cry or not, which he did," she said. "He cried, I cried, and everybody else cried. It was that exact moment you always dream of."
During the reception, Drew remembered the advice of a coworker and pulled Kelly away from their guests to go back out on the porch, alone, to let it all sink in. "It was just the two of us, and all I could think was, 'Wow! We're married now,' " he said. "It was a very peaceful feeling."
The budget crunch
A bargain: Kelly paid for only the ingredients of their sparkly cake. Her friend Carl, who was Bucks' floral program teacher before he retired, gave them a great deal on the flowers. And DJ Greg, another friend, gave them a great price, too.
The splurge: The Baldwin School was the only venue that would do.
A 12-day Mediterranean cruise during summer recess.
Love: BEHIND THE SCENES
Venue: The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr.
Food: Conner Catering, Haverford.
Photography: Stuart G. Sanft.
Flowers: Four Seasons Floral, Washington Crossing.
Dress: Justin Alexander, purchased at Le Bella Donna, Jenkintown.
Music: DJ Greg Maddox, friend of the couple.
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