Karen Richard weren't believers in love at first sight until they met each other. After meeting online, it was abundantly clear to both of them they'd met the person they were destined to share the rest of their life with. Despite their strong connection, the proposal was a complete surprise to Karen. What she thought to be a birthday celebration turned out to be so much more.
Read all about Karen and Richard's relationship as well as their intimate garden wedding in Ontario.
Bride & Groom: Karen & Richard
Occupations: Senior Quality Assurance Analyst & Associate Vice President of Technology Solutions
Wedding date: September 2, 2017
Wedding location: Rosetta McClain Gardens, Scarborough, Ontario
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met online and instantly connected. Neither of us truly believed in love at first sight but we both definitely felt a spark right away. We dated for a few years before Richard proposed. We were celebrating my birthday in Barbados and went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Champers. Richard had organize the whole thing with the hostess and the waitress. At about sunset they brought out our dessert. I was expected something because it was my birthday but when they put the plate down and I read the message, I was a bit confused as it didn't say happy birthday but "will you marry me?" Then, he got on one knee and ask for my hand in marriage. I cried and said yes.
What was wedding shopping like for you? The dress I originally wanted didn't fit me as I would have hoped but because I'm quite laid back I tried many different styles of dress. I found a dress I loved at the second dress shop I went too, Bliss Bridal Boutique. It fit like a glove and needed no alterations. It was an elegant sweetheart lace dress.
Favorite item on the menu: Beef ribs from our favorite restaurant, Chatterpauls in Whitby.
First dance song: A mix of "Fall For You" and "All Over Again" by Leela James
What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory was our first look. We met at a secluded area of the gardens to see each other. It was a magical moment seeing our future standing right in front of us. Another great memory was when my eight year old daughter got up and sang "True Colors" from the movie Trolls. It was a complete surprise and her courage made us so proud.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Make sure you don't sweat the small stuff. It's your the day. Make it as joyful as possible.
Photography - Samantha Clarke Photography
Wedding dress designer - Maggie Sottero
Wedding dress salon - Bliss Bridal Boutique
Hair - Luv n Locks
Makeup - Aubrey Simone
Lashes - Hair by Sammy Kisses
Ceremony location - Rosetta Mcclain Gardens, Scarborough, Ontario
Wedding Planner - Family friend, Lisa Fagon
Cake - Don't Call Me Cupcake