NEW CASTLE —
After the most important proposal had been offered and accepted, Kelly McNees and fiancé Matt Krawchyk made another.
With their destination wedding scheduled for July 26 on a beach at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the couple had something to ask the father of the bride.
Kelly sat down with her dad, Bill McNees, to request a favor.
“Matt and I are looking for the right person to perform the ceremony and we’d be honored if you would consider it,” she said.
The former Shenango High School boys basketball coach is seldom caught off guard, but those words left him speechless.
“That came out of the blue,” he said. “But I could tell she was serious.”
After a few seconds of processing in silence, Bill responded with, “That’s not what I thought you were going to ask. I thought it’d be something trivial.”
He expressed how not being a minister might be an obstacle, but Kelly had already done research. “You can get certified online,” she said.
Bill needed a day to think it over, but he already knew what he would do.
“Nothing means more to me than my family,” he said.
Bill delivered his answer the next morning and within days had met all legal requirements for certification.
Matt, 30, is a graduate of and former athlete at Wilmington High School. Kelly, 29, is a graduate of Shenango High School, where she coaches the dance line. She teaches at Freedom High School.
They dated for 10 years before becoming engaged last Christmas Eve.
“Since I teach, we wanted a summer wedding, but that would be six months for 2013 or 18 months for 2014,” Kelly said. Choosing six months meant less time to secure sites for the wedding and reception.
Thus, the wedding was planned for the Outer Banks, where the Krawchyk family has vacationed for years. “It’s always a relaxing and low-key time when we go there,” said Kelly.
It may not be so low key this time.
Kelly is expecting about 75 people at the wedding. The couple will have a local reception Aug. 16 at the White Barn in Prospect.
While both Kelly and Matt attend church here, the logistics of a beach wedding changed some of their plans.