Brad & Karlene met through mutual friends as freshmen at the University of Central Florida. After four years of friendship, followed by six months of dating, and then one magical weekend at a music & arts festival, they fell in love. Their relationship has been built on traveling, music, and a sense of exploration. Over their years together, they traveled to twenty-eight states, Canada, Puerto Rico, & Costa Rica, and on multiple occasions Karlene got down on one knee and boldly expressed her undying love to Brad and asked him to marry her. It was on the shores of Maui at sunset when Brad was finally the one to get down on one knee and ask Karlene the same question, which Karlene says was the happiest day of her life.
While they’re both still living in Florida, they chose to have a somewhat “destination wedding” and get married at Sugarboo Farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Karlene’s family has a compound of cabins on top of a mountain that Karlene has been visiting her entire life, and this is where they got ready on the wedding day. They then shared an adorable first look in a valley surrounded by horses & mountains. I fell in love with the bridesmaids’ dresses that each bridesmaid individually picked out from asos.com. I also loved the bohemian decor at the venue, which matched Karlene & Brad’s free-spirited and whimsical personalities perfectly. They exchanged sweet vows in a forest and danced the night away under the stars. Their golden retriever pup, Buffy, even joined for the festivities and stole the show during their sparkler exit.
I’m thrilled that Karlene & Brad trusted me to capture this special occasion, and I want to give a big shout out to all the vendors involved in putting this wedding together:
Venue: Sugarboo Farms || Bride’s Dress: WTOO || Bride’s Shoes: Donald J. Pliner Vale Boots || Bridal Party Dresses: Asos || Wedding Bands: IDC || Mens’ wear: Menguin || DJ: Zegi || Florist: The Flower Garden || Caterer: In Sisters Kitchen || Cake: Melissa’s Custom Cakes || Videography: Full Frame Digital Cinema || Wedding Coordinator: Mountain Elegance (Sherry Rodriguez) || Photography: Claire Diana Photography