These high school sweethearts incorporated many meaningful touches into their big day.
Karen & Joel: Woodland Wedding at The Farm at Dover
Wedding: August 29, 2015 Photographer: Dani Stephenson Photography Ceremony & Reception: The Farm at Dover Honeymoon: Mini-moon in Carmel, California; honeymoon in South America
Every day has been a new adventure for Karen Budell and Joel Parsons, from road trips across the Midwest to cross-country travels. So when a job opportunity arose that would take the two to northern California, they jumped at the chance. “As much as we wanted friends and family to experience the beautiful West Coast we had quickly fallen in love with, we knew that a wedding closer to home was in the cards,” says Karen, who wanted their celebration to include elements of the outdoors, which had brought the two together. Choosing the Farm at Dover as their venue, the couple excelled at weaving nature into their special day. The ceremony was held in a wooded area reminiscent of a fairytale forest, filled with a lush backdrop of greenery and wildflowers. Outdoor elements were also brought inside, with décor that included tiny potted succulents as favors and wildflower-accented centerpieces. Having successfully planned from afar, the couple’s big-day dreams set the stage perfectly for their next adventure of wedded bliss.