Steve and Kayla were, um, lucky enough to have three different wedding (four if you count their symbolic exchange of vows when Kayla was still married to Jack), in their scant two years of marriage on the show. At one point in the leadup to the third wedding, Steve jokes, “I could get used to marrying you every six months.” That’s not far off.
So let’s take a little trip down memory lane:
First, we have what Steve and Kayla fans call the symbolic wedding. I have a major soft spot for this one. Kayla has just left Jack and she and Steve have retreated to a cabin in the mountains. She’s still legally married to Jack, but they go outside and kneel under a “cathedral” of trees in the snow. It is so unexpected, and perfect. After the nightmare of their breakup and Kayla’s marriage to Jack (and the rape she still hasn’t told Steve about), it is a wonderful moment where they can pledge themselves to each other, openly and joyfully. And Steve can finally put that ring on her finger:
Then there’s the famous boat wedding, supercouple extravaganza (and the highest watched episode in Days history):
(This is part 1, you can follow the rest over on YouTube.)
Then, after the Marina storyline showed that wedding to be invalid (la la la I can’t hear you), Steve and a very pregnant Kayla attempt to get married again, but are interrupted when Kayla is arrested for Marina’s murder. I already wrote about this one a few months back. Though it’s not very satisfying from a shipper point of view, it’s pretty high soapy drama:
Then there’s the completed wedding from 1990. This one doesn’t get interrupted, but it’s a close call. The best man doesn’t show because he’s struggling with his insane father in the church bell tower, who has decided to take out Steve with a rifle on his wedding day (and obviously I will talk about this more in a future post!). I think they do a nice job not making this wedding feel like an afterthought. There are lots of great family scenes, Benjy makes a surprise appearance, and they include Stephanie in the ceremony in a lovely way. I think both Stephen and Mary Beth actually look better than at the boat wedding. I like a black tux on Steve, and Kayla just looks radiant. The ceremony itself is strangely heavily Catholic, but I love the letter to Stephanie. Jack’s appearance with the ring, at just the right moment, is a great moment of drama in the middle of it all.
The boat wedding has a “time out of time” feeling to it—a fantasy. In fact, it’s rather like those boat fantasies Steve and Kayla used to have during their falling in love story. This feels more ordinary, but not in a bad way. It’s more down to earth, less extravagant, and more integrated into their lives, and the other stories on the show.