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August 18, 2021

Real Wedding Wednesday: Karla & Christian

By Suzi Battaile

Not what they had originally planned,

but still an intimate & romantic wedding

bride and groom walking hand in hand

Originally, Karla & Christian had planned to have their wedding in France, June 2021, but thanks to COVID, they had to postpone it.  Obviously Karla was devastated since she was like most women who have dreamed of their weddings since they were little girls.  Eventually she faced the reality that it was out of her control. So instead of just dwelling on all the things that went wrong, they decided to focus on their love and have a small civil ceremony with the people closest to their hearts and to keep their excitement alive for a church service/reception in France next summer (2022).

Christian’s sister  is a survivor from the 2016 Brussels airport terrorist attack. From that accident, she lost both her legs below the knee at the young age of 17 and has not been able to stand up since then.

It was an incredible moment they experienced at their ceremony. She had worked so, so hard to wear an exoskeleton which allowed her to stand at their wedding and walk towards Karla with it while she got ready for the wedding as well as standing along side the family in most of the pictures. Karla thinks that made her cry more than the actual wedding!

floral centerpiece wedding tablescapebride and groom with wedding dogs wedding cake wedding cake for dogs

bride and groom kissing

Venue:  La Valencia Hotel

Photographer: Lisa Riley Photography

Coordinator/ Florist: Elements of Style

Bridal Gown: Jana Ann Couture 

Jewelry:  Robbins Brothers;  Tiffany & Co.

Bridal Beauty:  HMH Beauty

Cake/ Dessert:  Dulcet 

Dog Wedding Cake:  House of Fur Baby

Best Dogs:  Penny & Simba

Penny’s Floral Wreath: Florencia Florals