Before I met Karaline, I never would have imagined myself travelling or adventuring the way I have over these past years. There was always that little person inside who had those huge dreams and visions, but with no way to get out. Soon after I met Karaline, I knew she also had the same fire inside for those same dreams and adventures and we just started feeding off of each other in a way that seemed completely natural. Before we knew it, we were living life like each day was our last and we were doing it all so effortlessly. The most special thing about our relationship is our genuine love: we love every day and we love each other through the littlest and biggest challenges. We have the same ideas, the same loves, the same dreams, the same passion. We are a lucky couple. The biggest challenge we have faced was surviving long distance. Robby was stationed in South Korea during Karaline’s last year of nursing school and we spent 14 long months apart. Luckily, we had Facetime and phone calls to imitate date nights, but the distance and the 13-hour time difference was tough. Being a dual military couple has definitely brought its challenges, but it has also taught us the value of time spent together. We had our ceremony at Colchuck lake near Leavenworth. We wanted something outdoors and thought an alpine lake backdrop would feel otherworldly. The seven-mile hike to the top was absolutely worth it and luckily we had a loving family to help trudge up with my dress, the flowers and Robby’s suit. We were a hiking party of 16 with flowers in coolers, food and drink, a wedding dress and suit. But we all made it, including two five-year- olds, and it was so magical to be married in such a majestic spot. Our advice to others would be to marry your best friend. It’s one thing to be completely captivated by your significant other, but to be able to come home from a long day of work and genuinely just enjoy each other’s company is rare.
Photography: Peyton Curry Second Shooter: Brady Bates Groom’s jacket: Joseph Abboud Groom’s shirt: Ralph Lauren Bride: Wild Harlow gown by Rue De Seine Flora: Fire and Blooms Ceremony location: Colchuck Lake Reception location: Cabin on Wenatchee Lake Bride’s accessories: Lack of Color “The Beverly” hat, Fire and Blooms floral crown, Couture Wedding Veils “Louisa” Bride’s hair: The bride herself Bride’s makeup: Bride’s sister Bride’s footwear: Hiking boots & barefoot Groom’s shoes: Joseph Abboud wingtips Bride’s necklace: Kendra Scott wedding collection Bride’s engagement ring: Ken & Dana custom design Bridesmaids’ attire: Free People, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Altar’d State, Earthbound Trading Catering: PB&Js and a whole lot of water